As part of our KidsJam! this year at The Ridge Church we taught children about sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. During one of our craft projects they decorated stones and were challenged to place them around the community for others to find. Congratulations, if you are here now you must have found one of their stones.
Sharing ones faith is a very important part of being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. You may have heard the phrase "The Gospel" before. You can learn more about what that really is by reading on below.
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So, what is the Gospel? This is perhaps the most important question a person can ask. The word Gospel literally means “good news.” It is the plan that God has designed to save sinful humans from eternal separation from Him. If there's good news there must be bad news too, right? Let's take a look at the bad news first.
"The Bad News"
In order to fully understand how good the good news is, we must first understand the bad news.
We are all sinners. The Bible presents a clear and consistent message that all people have sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory for God.” Sin means that we have missed the mark (the perfect standard) that God has set for us.
As a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden, every part of us has been corrupted by sin—our minds, emotions, flesh. We don’t seek after God.
The penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What is a wage? It is the “money that is paid or received for work or services.” In other words, it is what you deserve, what you earn. Romans 6:23 says that death is the wage for our sin. It is what we earn. We deserve to die and live separated from God forever.
"The Good News"
Since there is no way we can earn our way back to God, the Bible says He came to us! This is the good news—the Gospel.
Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ [Jesus] died for us.” The Bible, Gods word, says that even though we deserve the death penalty for our sin, Jesus took the penalty. He died in our place. Three days later, Jesus rose from death, proving that sin had been conquered.
You can be saved through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
When we believe and profess this we can depend on Jesus to forgive us and give eternal life, rather than eternal death.
The question is—are you ready to implement the plan, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ and commit the rest of your life to Him. Simply saying the prayer below will not save you although it is a way of expressing your faith to God and a starting point in your journey with Him.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
If you've decided to trust in Jesus today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
Find a local church where you can worship God and seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.