St. Paul's Church, Stowe, PA -
How to Know God
 
A  ... ALL are sinners  
God created you. Not only that, He loves you so much that He wants you to know Him now and spend eternity with Him. But all of us sin and our sin has separated us from God. The result of sin in our lives is death -- spiritual separation from God. Although we may try to get close to God through our own effort, we inevitably fail. We may try to do good things in life, or earn God's acceptance through a good life or a moral philosophy. But our good efforts are insufficient to cover up our sin.  

Romans 3: 23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6: 23 – “For the wages of sin is death...”  

B ... BELIEVE that Jesus died for your sins.   
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and experience God's love and plan for our life. We deserve to pay for our own sin. The problem is, the payment is death. So that we would not have to die separated from God, out of His love for us, Jesus Christ died in our place. On the cross, Jesus took all of our sin on Himself and completely, fully paid for it.  

Romans 6: 23 - “… but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 5: 8 – “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”1 John 5: 11 – “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”   

C ... CONFESS your sins, and by faith accept God’s free gift of salvation. 
Knowing God and being forgiven of our sins comes by confessing those sins, believing in Jesus as the Savior who died to pay that penalty, and allowing Him to be the Lord of our life. 
Romans 10: 9 – “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”Romans 10: 13 – “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

 
You can receive Christ right now. Remember that Jesus says, "I'm standing at the door and I'm knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in." Would you like to respond to His invitation? Here's how. The precise words you use to commit yourself to God are not important. He knows the intentions of your heart.
If you are unsure of what to pray, this might help you put it into words: 

Dear Lord Jesus,   I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I believe that You died for my sins.  I want to turn from my sins.  I now invite You to come into my heart and life.  I want to trust You and follow You as Lord and Savior. Amen.
 
If you sincerely asked Jesus into your life just now, then He has come into your life as He promised. You have begun a personal relationship with God.  We invite you to join us at St. Paul's Church to continue to learn and grow in this relationship.  We would love to help you do so.   






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