I Want a New Life
There are questions that seem to run around in our minds our entire lives.
Questions like, how am I here? Who is God really? Who is Jesus? I hear that Jesus died on the cross FOR ME, but how did He do that for me over 2000 years ago when I came onto this earth just a few years pasted? What happens when I die? What if I don’t believe in God at all, what will happen to me then? I have made so many mistakes, do I qualify for a life with Jesus?
The first and most important answer to these questions is “I have made so many mistakes, do I qualify for a life with Jesus?” Click here to watch a short video answer to that. answer to this question
The answer to all of these questions can be found when you begin to discover God’s plan for all humanity by bringing us into an eternal salvation through the sacrificial death of His only Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus was born as the Son of God. He came to this earth as the only human being to live a sinless life. In his short 33 years on earth he healed the sick, brought sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. He restored the broken people into freedom, delivered those who were bound up and set people free from their past sin.
God sent His One and only Son, Jesus Christ into Satan's slave market and His only purpose was to look for YOU and for ME. The slave market is a place where all sinners were supposed to be placed when they committed a sin.
Jesus knew someone had to enter into this slave market, so He went. He knew going in He would do whatever it was going to take and pay the highest price ever paid to buy us from Satan. Jesus was not going to use money, but His own blood (the ultimate sacrifice) to make sure when the price by His own blood was paid it would ensure for all of eternity that we were His, and forever safe from the pits of hell.
He endured all of the abuse and all of the pain, the fear and the tears on His way to be crucified on the Cross at Calvary. He knew He would give His life when He agreed to take on all of the sins of the whole world and set the most despicable sinners free. He was taken to be crucified in our place. He bravely entered into Satan's slave market to buy and free you and me so we would never have to be subjected to that horrible death. He not only paid the ransom for us with His blood but by that payment we would be set free from now until for eternity.
I want to be set free! How do I do that?
Jesus is waiting with open arms for YOU!
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.” Revelation 3:20
He knows who you are and knows where you’ve been, the pains you have endured in your life, and the mistakes you have made. He knows it all and He loves you all the same. He wants you to know a life with Him gives you forgiveness and a fresh new start.
Please take a moment to read this section in Matthew 27: 11-26 (The Message)
(This took place after Jesus was captured by the soldiers and thrown in prison and just before His crucifixion. Here is where He is placed shackled in front of the town people, standing next to a murder named Barabbas.)
11 Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?”
Jesus said, “If you say so.”
12-14 But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. Pilate asked him, “Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren’t you going to say something?” Jesus kept silence—not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed.
15-18 It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. At the time, they had the infamous Barabbas in prison. With the crowd before him, Pilate said, “Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?” He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him.
19 While court was still in session, Pilate’s wife sent him a message: “Don’t get mixed up in judging this noble man. I’ve just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about Him.”
20 Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
21 The governor asked, “Which of the two do you want me to pardon?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
22 “Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?”
They all shouted, “Nail Him to a cross!”
23 He objected, “But for what crime?”
But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death. From now on, it’s in your hands. You’re judge and jury.”
25 The crowd answered, “We’ll take the blame, we and our children after us.”
26 Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion.
While Jesus was being accused at His trial before His crucification, He said nothing. He lived a sinless, perfect life but still when “Pilate asked him, “Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren’t you going to say something?” Jesus kept silence—not a word from his mouth.” He was an innocent man about to be beaten and murdered by crucifixion and the man standing next to Him was Barabbas, a murderer about to be set free.
You see beloved, Jesus also was accused and spit at by everyone around Him and He still did not defend himself. He stood there and said nothing so that He could take YOUR place and set YOU free.
If we were to ask Jesus why He set a horrible murderer free He would respond by telling us, “I love him.” He will say the same thing to you. NO MATTER WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN IN YOUR LIFE, If you were to list out to Jesus all of the reasons why He should not forgive you or list out all of the things you have done or have had done to you, He would still respond to you by telling YOU, “I love you still. While you were still sinning in your life, I died for YOU so you would not have to live like that.”
He WANTS to have a personal relationship WITH YOU! He is waiting right now for you to make the decision to receive and acknowledge the sacrifice He made for you and invite Him into your heart and into your life.
The first step is to ask Him to forgive you:
Acts 3:19 “ “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.” (The Message)
God in the name of your Son, Jesus, I come before you now and ask you to have mercy on me and take away from me the past sins of my life and forgive me. I ask you Father to cleanse me from the guilt and the unforgiveness I carry against others in my life. I ask you Father to allow me to have a fresh new start right now. Begin to create in me a new clean heart, a new life and desire to know You more. Fill my spirit with clean thoughts and help me to have an incredible desire to walk in right standing with You. In Romans 10:9 Your Holy Word says if we confess the Lord God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. So Father, I confess right now that I want to make you my Lord and my Savior. In my heart I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. I ask You Father God in the name of Jesus to come into my life and into my heart and take over.
Thank You Jesus that You endured such a horrible death so that I can be saved from my sins. I thank you Jesus that You are giving me a fresh new life from now until eternity.
In Your Son’s Jesus name, Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer and meant it with all your heart, we believe you have just been saved and born again. That means right now you have just drawn a line in the sand and you have just been given a fresh new start! Today you have been set free and and you ARE FORGIVEN. The blood that Jesus shed on the Cross was to release you from your past. Receive it with all your heart and CELEBRATE!!!
What's My Next Step?
Now that you have asked for forgiveness your next step is to believe and trust in this eternal gift that God has given you in the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. You cannot earn this salvation by good works, you can only earn it and keep it by belief. There’s a quote I once heard, “It’s not your sin that will get you to hell, it’s your unbelief.” and, “God will only answer a prayer of belief, not of worry.”
In Ephesians 2:8, 9
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
The Grace is given to us by God as a gift and it comes from Him through you. You could never find or earn it. You cannot work for it. All you have to do to receive this gift is to BELIEVE God at His word and seek to know Him and His desires for YOUR life.
Your next step is baptism.
Now that you have received God’s salvation, the next step is to go public with your commitment and become baptized.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- We believe baptism creates a bond with the Holy Trinity, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Read Colossians 2:11-12
11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
Read Romans 6:4
“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
- After the prayer of salvation, and asking for forgiveness of our sins, we will say that we will repent from our old ways. This means we are TURNING AWAY FROM our old ways, our old sins and walking in a new direction. We are turning away from the selfishness of our old life and committing to living a life with Jesus Christ. We are giving all of the control of our life over to Him. We believe water Baptism is our act of obedience.
"Peter replied, 'Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.' Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church--about three thousand in all.” Acts 2:38, 41 NLT
- We believe you are cleansed when you are submerged into the water.
“And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 3:21 NIV
“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” I Corinthians 6:11 NIV
- When Jesus was buried after His death on the Cross, 3 days later He resurrected. He arose from the dead.
“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” Romans 6:4-5 NIV
“He died once to defeat sin, and now He lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God." Romans 6:10-13 NLT
Where do I get baptized?
We believe it is essential to find a good home church for you and your family.
Here, all of your questions will be answered on what you should look for in your search for a church home. Once you have found a church home, contact the Pastor, Associate Pastor, deacon or ministry leader in the church and let them know you have just recently prayed the prayer of salvation and would like to go public with your decision and be baptized.
Once you have found your new church home, or if you are already a member of a church and are re-dedicating your life, the first order of business is to ask your leaders how you can get involved and serve in the church. We believe a minimum of once per month is average for a family to commit to volunteering.
If you are a mother making sure your children are involved is a vital part to the transformation of your family. When your children are involved in serving and watching others come into the church family, seeds of greatness, service and commitment are being sowed into them. It can be expected to see some resistance from your children at first, on getting involved, but as a mother it is our duty to instill into our children the importance of not only attending a weekly church service, getting involved in the youth group, but also the importance of being involved in serving the needs of the church.
You will begin to see a new bond form within your family that will certainly bring you so much joy and enjoyment.
Mega Church Myth
When you are searching for a church, do not let the size of the church scare you away. We believe the size & attendance of the church lends to the success of the work of the church, Pastor and staff. In addition to these mega churches are small start up plant churches that are just as incredible, but may be new and growing each month or year.
Just like anything else, we don’t see a long line of people waiting outside a successful movie, restaurant or business and immediately think, “that place looks scary!” or “It’s too good, we don’t want any part of that!” When we see flocks of people at a restaurant waiting for hours to be seated or a 2 day wait for a new movie, we all assume these businesses are doing something right! The same is true of a mega church. While there are some exceptions to this theory, most mega churches are mega because there are so many people attending the church. There are so many people attending the church, because the Pastor is authentic, has a genuine desire to save people into a life with Christ and is bringing a good life applicable message straight from the Bible to his congregation.
We firmly believe if you feel the church you are attending or visiting is “TOO BIG”, then start serving. The quickest way to make a mega church a “small homey church” is to get involved. When you are invested in serving the needs of the church, the size of the church will shrink in your eyes. You will see firsthand how much effort goes into making each weekend happen. In addition you will get to see the hearts of the other volunteers and staff and be part of what it takes to make new comers feel welcome and loved.