"Life." What does it mean? Does
it have a purpose?
Does what I do make a difference?
Is there a God?
The Bible nowhere attempts to prove the existence of God.
It considers His existence to be self–evident. In addition,
God has made His presence known in creation and human history
has told us what He is doing in the Bible, and has shown us
who He is—by becoming human! Enclosed is an invitation
to know Him personally
In the beginning—God
So let’s start at the beginning. The Bible teaches that
God has existed from eternity past, and that He alone is responsible
for the creation and existence of all things (Genesis 1:1;
Hebrews 11:3). By virtue of this fact, He was the undisputed
Ruler over all, the sovereign King of the universe. All His
works were good at the time of their completion (Genesis 1:31),
and man was the object of His loving fellowship.
What is Man?
The Bible also teaches that God created man and woman as His
image-bearers. As such, they had a high privilege and a noble
purpose. Their privilege was to enjoy a relationship with
God, and their purpose was to mediate His rule over the earth—to
manage His creation according to His will (Genesis 1:26-28;
Sin, by Nature and by Choice
Man, however, broke faith with his Creator and sought to establish
his own rule, independent of God. The Bible describes this
terrible event in Genesis chapter 3, and thereafter calls
this rebellious behavior "sin." Even though God,
in love, longed for relationship with man, His justice demanded
that He punish sin. So, as a consequence of his sin, man lost
his privilege of relationship with God and the whole human
race became subject to sin and death. He also forfeited his
intended dominion to Satan and brought a curse upon the earth.
From this point throughout history, every man has faced a
terrible difficulty: the more he seeks to establish his independence
from God, the more he becomes consumed and enslaved by the
desire. Rather than ruling over sin (Genesis 4:7), sin rules
over him. Every man and woman since Adam is "born in
sin," and sins both by nature (Psalm 51:1-5) and by choice
(Romans 1:18-32). More terrifying still, God has appointed
a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness (Acts
17:30-31), and no sinner shall stand before Him on the basis
of his own efforts to be good (Isaiah 64:6).
But the loving kindness of God would not allow Him to forsake
His plan for man, so God predicted in the Bible He would send
Someone to rescue man from his sinful state and ultimately
bring all things into harmony under God’s rule once
again. This Savior came to be known in the Old Testament as
Messiah—God’s chosen or "anointed" One.
But how would we know Him when He came? Both in personal appearances
and through His inspired prophets, God promised Messiah would
The Good News!
"The gospel" is the good news that the Lord Jesus
Christ is Messiah—the Savior who was to come and die
for all our sins (John 1:29)—and He will ultimately
restore all things to their intended purpose (Ephesians 1:9-10).
As a result of His sinless life, substitutionary death (He
offered Himself on the cross to die for my sins), and bodily
resurrection, we no longer need to live in fear of God’s
judgment. God now freely offers forgiveness of sins and eternal
life to all who are willing to come to Him solely on the basis
of faith, renouncing every effort to "earn" God’s
favor (Ephesians 2:8–10). How can anyone know if he
has genuine faith? The Bible describes such a person as being
Believe the good news that Jesus lived, died, and rose again
to take away our sins (Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 11:6).
Repent turn away from rebellious independence and live to
please God (Mark 1:14–15; 1 Thessalonians 1:9).
Confess the decision to place complete faith in Jesus as
Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
Follow Him in a life of loving obedience (Matthew 11:28–30;
Luke 9:23–25; John 15:8-11).
God offers His mercy to all who will receive it. If you have
not experienced God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus
Christ, today is a good day. What God requires is a willing,
trusting heart: willing to admit it has offended His righteousness,
trusting Jesus enough to believe His words and follow Him.
As we have seen, God has determined that all who experience
His salvation must receive His good news by faith (Romans
1:16–17). Someone has expressed it this way: faith means,
Forsaking All I Take Him. If you wish to have your sin and
its guilt taken away, tell Jesus so now in prayer. In your
own words, ask Him to forgive you and to help you live your
life in a way that pleases God. He understands your struggles,
and is willing and able to deliver you.
Going On From Here . . .
Jesus made it clear that to love Him is to obey Him
(John 14:21–24), and the Bible provides the necessary
spiritual nourishment for all who have received His kindness
(1 Peter 2:1–3; James 1:17–25). As His disciple
("learner", or follower), it is important to identify
publicly with Him (Mark 8:34–38) and with His people,
the church (Hebrews 10:23–25). Every disciple of Jesus
should regularly attend a local church where the Bible is
faithfully taught, and be baptized as a means of publicly
identifying with Jesus (Acts 8:26–38). The act of receiving
Jesus by faith is not just the end of an old way of life (Galatians
2:20), but the beginning of a new one ( 2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Bible says that those who call upon the Lord will "go
out with joy and be led forth with peace" (Isaiah 55:12).
When we place our trust in Him, we can go in His joy!
A Word of Warning
No one in the Bible ever encountered Jesus and went away unchanged.
Some came in tears and left at peace (Luke. 7:36-50), while
others approached confidently and went away grieved (Matthew
19:16-22). We must understand that the only way we can be
saved from God’s righteous anger is by His undeserved
favor through faith in His Son. To insist upon any other way
only further displays the prideful independence that characterizes
all sin. Today, God is willing to reconcile you to Himself.
He has sent His Son to bear the punishment for sin so that
you may obtain His forgiveness. When He comes again, it will
be to judge the world in righteousness and establish His rule
upon the earth (Revelation 19:11–21:8). Since you have
heard His voice in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1–2),
do not delay your decision and so harden your heart to the
truth (Hebrews 3:7-11, 10:26-31). Why not begin to follow
Jesus by calling upon Him in prayer today? .Tell Him you would
love to be free from the lie that you can live without Him.
Come to Him in faith, trusting His promise that He came not
to condemn you, but to give you eternal life. Believe He offers
you the power to change your life by changing your desires—and
by satisfying them in God. Follow Him by reading the Bible
and practicing the truth, and let us know of your decision.
We would love to help you and encourage you in your new life
of faith! You might want to pray in your own words the following
prayer to receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
Lord Jesus, up until now I haven't trusted you as my Lord
and Savior. I know God loves me, but my sins have blocked
me from him. And yet, you paid the price for all of my sins;
you died on the cross in my place - one sacrifice for all.
Today I repent for all of my sins and open my heart to you.
Come into my life, Jesus, and teach me by the Holy Spirit
to live for you, to depend on you (and not myself), to grow
in my knowledge of you. I promise this day to turn from my
sin and receive your gift of salvation. Take hold of my life,
Lord Jesus, I give myself completely to you.