Your Life: A New Beginning
(adapted from the North American Mission Board)
Every one of us has a life story.
Chapter one begins at birth and the last chapter ends at death.
In between, it is filled with happiness, sadness, success, failure, and so much more!
- How is your story going?
- How will your story end?
The truth is that we never know when the last chapter in our life story is being written.
God has a story, too.
It is found in the Bible – God’s love story to us.
In the Bible we discover some important truths:
1. God is interested in YOUR life story.
He created YOU.
“For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made...”
He knows YOU.
“…Lord…You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts…You are familiar with all my ways.”
He loves YOU.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
He has a plan for YOU.
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
God wants to fill your life story with meaning now and to give you His gift of eternal life.
Most people do not experience the full meaningful life God offers because…
4. You must make Jesus the author of your life story.
You must personally receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
You must turn from your sin and self and turn to God.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out...”
Repentance is not just feeling sorry for our sin. It is choosing to turn to God and away from our sin.
You must place your faith (trust) in Jesus.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
It is not enough just to know the facts about Jesus. Faith is putting your trust in Jesus.
It is like taking a trip on an airplane. You will never make the trip until you trust the airplane enough to board it.
Would you like to make Jesus the author of your life story?
“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.”
When guests knock at the door of your home, it is easy to receive them. You simply open the door and invite them in. Receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and acknowledging Him as Lord is similar to this. Through prayer you can simply and sincerely ask Him into your heart and life.
Remember that the sincere attitude of you heart is more important than just reciting words. God knows your heart. Use the following prayer as a guide.
I want to follow You. I turn from my sin and place my trust in You alone and ask for Your forgiveness. I receive Your gift of eternal life and confess You as Lord. Thank You for loving me and dying for me. Thank You for giving me new life with You.
If you have...
- Repented by turning away from your sins and turning to Jesus- choosing to follow His example and to live your life as He lived
- Trusted in Jesus for your salvation through faith in Him
Then a new chapter in your life story has just begun!
“Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47
“Happily ever after” is at the end of many stories. Most of them are fairy tales, but the story that Jesus has begun writing with your life is true! Through Jesus, you can weather any storm of life and endure any trial. And you will thrive in God’s love…both here and hereafter.
Truly, with Jesus, you have a new beginning!
“…rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20
Four ways to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Read the Bible every day.
Learn as much as you can about Jesus. (Start with the Gospel of John.)
Pray throughout your day.
Prayer is talking with God. You can pray anytime, even when you sin or fail. There isn’t a special way to pray. Just talk to God about anything and everything that you are happy, worried, or sad about. Talk with Him when you’re not sure of something or just to talk! God can handle all of your emotions, He did create them, after all. If you don’t have the words, the Holy Spirit will intercede for you – just spend time in His presence.
Attend a good church.
Go to a church where Jesus is honored, the Bible is taught, and everyone is welcomed.
who will be happy to hear of your commitment to Jesus. When we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, angels rejoice! (Luke 15:10) Sharing your new walk with Jesus with someone who can encourage you in your faith is a great way to connect and bring more glory to our God!
Come visit us at: Palestine Baptist Church! 9244 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy. Huddleston, VA 24104 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org