Hope has A Name
Romans 10:9 says that “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation is God’s free gift to us so we can become His children.
To be made whole, or to be saved is to submit to God and His plan and purpose for our lives. It means turning from our old ways and turning to Jesus, to ask Him for forgiveness from our sins and to give us new life in Him.
Often we disqualify ourselves from God’s love because of our history, our failures and shortcomings. Sin has separated us from God and we can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. So how can we accept what we have not earned? Scripture tells us that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And to accept God’s love is to trust His patient, forgiving and gracious stance towards us. Only He has the power to free us from guilt, shame and condemnation to give us a life of wholeness. All we have to do is turn to Him.
Think about it this way: Anyone who predicts their death and resurrection — AND pulls it off…well, let’s just say we’re going to follow them!
Hope has a name...and His name is Jesus.
3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS
1. You receive salvation when you confess and believe.
God tells us that whoever believes in Him and confesses that belief can be saved. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2. Salvation doesn’t depend on you.
Jesus bought our salvation when He died on the cross. Salvation is not dependent on our efforts. We can’t undo our salvation or do anything to hinder God’s love for us, because His love never ends.
3. Your new life is a series of next steps.
Following Jesus is about taking your next step. Salvation happens immediately, but following Jesus is a lifelong journey. Jesus has given you a new life, and our new selves are revealed over time. God isn’t surprised when you mess up. He knows you will, and that's why He's saved you! God has given us His Spirit to walk with us and guide us as we take our next steps.
Invitation to Follow Jesus
If you are not sure whether you are right with God or you know in fact that you need Jesus in your life, watch this video as Pastor Tim leads you in a prayer to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior…
Congratulations! To pray these words with a surrendered heart to Jesus is the beginning of the most important journey you will ever embark on. Please let us know if you just made that commitment below!