A lot of people think that they are OK with God if they:
- attend church
- were baptized
- are a good person
- give money to the church
- try to live a good life
- don't swear/lie/cheat etc
- read their Bible
All of these things are important but we all know people who do these, and many more good things, but they are still empty inside. The reason for their emptiness is because they are looking for God in all the wrong places.
The Bible (God's letter to us) says that there are four things that you have to do to have a relationship with God (be OK with God).
1. Recognize the Seriousness of Your Situation
Sin means that you cannot know God the way you should. It is what separates you from God - and we've all sinned. It also means that God cannot accept us, in fact, we will have to pay for our sin.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory (what God expects of us) of God. Romans 3:23
The wages of sin is death (the price we have to pay). Romans 6:23
2. Realize the Love that God has for You
God's love means that the penalty for your sin was paid by Christ on the cross.
For God so loved the world (each of us) that He gave His only begotten Son. John 3:16
God showed His love for us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
3. Repent of Your Sin
Repentance means to agree with God that your sin is wrong and to turn away from (reject) it.
God commands all men everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30
4. Receive God's Forgiveness
God is willing to forgive you - all you have to do is ask.
For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:1
Please call or write us if you have any questions or let us know if you have asked God to forgive you. We want to encourage you and help you learn what the Christian life is all about.