Ark of the Rockies Church

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Eternal Life

Know Jesus Personally 
God’s Love Shown Through Jesus Christ
God Loves
& Cares For Us
What God
Says About Love
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
~ John 3:16
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
~ Jeremiah 29:11 


God loves you!

Step 1: Separation from God
Most people have heard that God loves them, but has never experienced His love. Why? The main barrier to knowing God and experiencing His love, is our sin and His holiness. The word sin in the New Testament comes from the Greek word hamartia (ham-ar-tee'-ah). Its meaning is related to an archer shooting an arrow at the bull’s-eye and missing. One would say you’ve sinned; you've missed the mark, the bull’s-eye.

Friend, we all have missed God’s mark of holy perfection, “We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). The immortal God who made this universe is holy, righteous, just and lives in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16). If we try to approach God in our sinful state, it would be like darkness trying to come in a light filled room. It will not happen.

The door swings the other way too. God came to man after he had sinned and what did man do? He ran and hid himself from God (Genesis 3:8). God wants us to experience His fellowship and love. That’s why He created us, but because of sin we find ourselves separated from God's love and fellowship. God had to do something to deal with our sin problem and my friend He did!

Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.” It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved. “…for it is by grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast,” (Ephesians. 2: 4-5, 8-9). Many people try through good works to save themselves but God says - NO! (Gal. 2:21). Only through God’s Grace, Jesus Christ, is our sin debt (death) paid and sin’s bondage broken.

Step 2: A Bridge Connecting Separation
So what did God do about our sin problem? Well, He sent us a Savior, and not just any Savior. He sent His Son. Apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

I like to personalize this promise from God and fill in my name in place of the world. For God so loved Michael, that He gave His only Son, Jesus, so if Michael would believe and trust in Jesus, Michael will not perish but have eternal life.

Now put your name in the blanks. For God so loved_______________, that He gave His only Son Jesus, so if ______________ would believe and trust in Jesus, _________________ will not perish but have eternal life,
You’re might be saying by now, “Ok, so God loves me and gave me Jesus, but what does Jesus have to do with my sin problem?” A bunch!

    A. Jesus is the sinless Son of God. He was tempted in every way you and I are but He never ever sinned (Hebrews 4:15).
     B. Jesus is not only sinless, but He is God. Jesus was one hundred percent human and one hundred percent God, the God/Man! Remember at Christmas we call Him Immanuel meaning God is with us. Here’s what Apostle John wrote about Jesus in chapter one of his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Jesus was with God from the beginning and He was the living Word. “In him was life, and that life was the light of men”. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth,” (John 1:14).

Let me paraphrase those words to help you understand better. “In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.” Jesus was with God from the beginning. “In Jesus was life and that life was the light of men.” Now verse 14, “The Word – Jesus became flesh and Jesus made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from God the Father and was full of grace and truth.”

Friend, I hope you see that only God could deal with our sin problem. That’s exactly why he sent His son, Jesus Christ. He came from heaven to this world, took on a human body, lived a sinless life and then surrendered His life over to suffering and death, even death on a cross, to pay the penalty for our sins (John 10:17-18).“...the wages of sin is death,” (Romans 6:23). Apostle Paul wrote, “God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” (2 Cor. 5:21).

Jesus Christ built a bridge back to God for Mankind through His sinless life, sacrificial death, and resurrection. Praise God that all we have to do is see the bridge, accept what God is offering, and by faith walk across it into His forgiving loving arms. God so desires the fellowship of His creation which is you and me. / /

Step 3: Crossing Over God's Bridge of Salvation
First, you have to believe you’re a sinner and in need of forgiveness (Romans 3:23). Jesus didn't die for righteous people; He died for sinners. Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance," (Luke 5:32).

Second, you will need to believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay the penalty for your sins and believe that He rose from the dead on the third day, (Romans 10: 9-10). At one time five hundred people saw Jesus alive after His death and resurrection, (Corinthians 15: 1-8).

With God’s help, you need to be willing to repent, turn away from all known sin in your life and ask God’s forgiveness for your sins. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will perish, (Luke 13:3). John wrote, “If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (I John 1:19).

Third, by faith you need to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord and follow Him. Jesus said, ‘I stand at the door of your heart and knock and if you’ll hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and fellowship with you and be your friend,” (Revelation 3:20 paraphrased, John 1:12, 10:27-28).

Fourth, you need to follow Jesus wherever He leads. Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:27-28). True followers of Jesus know Him, listen to Him and follow Him and never look back to their old way of life (Luke 9:62).




Step 4: Receive Jesus as your Savior & Lord 
You can receive forgiveness and Jesus through prayer. Simply pray this humble prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father,
I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness. With your help, Father, I am willing to turn away from my sins and begin living for you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me a new life. Jesus, please come into my heart and be the Savior and Lord of my life. Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your only son to die for my sins. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

My friend if you prayed that prayer you are now forgiven of all your sins, all of them, and you’re now a child of God, (John 1:12, Romans 8:16). CONGRATULATIONS!

Please email me [email protected] or call me at 719-231-5711 and let me know of your decision to follow Christ. I have a free Bible for you and materials to help you grow as a Christian and thereby experience the love, new life and blessings God has for you.

Not ready to make a decision for Christ yet? I understand. Decisions like this shouldn't be taken lightly; they are life changing. However, I've got an idea that should help. You would have never gotten this far if you were not truly interested in knowing Jesus and His love. So undoubtedly you just need a little more faith to make your decision to follow Christ. Apostle Paul had some good advice in this situation. He wrote in Romans, ". . . faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God," (Romans 10:17). Therefore, you need to expose yourself to more understanding of God's Word and God will help you develop the faith you need to trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

Start by reading the book of John in the New Testament. Many call this the "love book" in the Bible. Use a translation that’s easy for you to read and understand. The New International or The New Living Bible would be good versions for you to start with (need a free Bible email or call me). Read a Chapter or two every day. When you get done with John’s gospel go to Matthew, Mark and Luke. These four books will help you get to know Jesus and will build the faith and trust you'll need to accept Him.

Jesus said, "... wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction... but small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to eternal life..."
~ Matthew 7:13-14

Step 5: New Creation
Metamorphosis: A new Creature in Christ, 1 Corinthians 5:17

Now that you've accepted Jesus Christ and your Savior and Lord, God has placed His stamp of ownership upon you by giving you His Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13). Jesus said He would send a Comforter to be with you, teach you, and give you the power to live the Christian life, (John 14:16-18, 26).

As you surrender to the Spirit's leading, you will become more and more like Jesus Christ. Nonetheless though, you need to let God's Spirit rule your life. Jesus has placed His life, His Holy Spirit inside your heart. You’ll soon notice, you have two natures. The Old Nature that wants to do nothing but please fleshly desires and God’s New Nature, the desire to live for Him. Every day you will sense both of these natures wanting to rule and control your decisions in everything. Through your own volition, your power of choice, you will let one or the other live or die, (Galatians 2:20).

Never neglect to feed your New Nature with a daily diet of God’s Word. Since you are a new creation in God, it will be vital for you to listen, read, study, memorize, meditate and apply God’s Word to your life. Just as you eat food to nourish your physical body, you will want to feed on the Word to keep your spiritual life alive and healthy. Again, the best place to start reading in is the four gospels until your spiritual mentor or the Holy Spirit tells you to move on to other books in the Bible. It would be beneficial for you to read a chapter before you start your day and a chapter at the end of the day.

Another thing to know is that prayer is essential. Praying is simply talking to God. Jesus said Christians need to pray and never quit, (Luke: 18:1-8) The Word of God is food for the spirit and prayer is our oxygen. If we fail to pray, we fail to breath. Just as the lack of food from our earthly body will result in death, the same is true spiritually. Our spirit will die without proper prayer and nourishment of the Word. Prayer is our way of thanking and praising God or requesting help from God in times of trial. Prayer is our means to depend on God for our every need. We were not created to be self-sufficient but to be dependent on our Creator who enjoys providing material and spiritual resources.

God is one God manifested in three personalities: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit, all three make up one God in essence but each one has distinct functions. When you pray, always address your Heavenly Father. Why? Because this is how Jesus taught His disciples to pray. He said, "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed (holy, sanctified) be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins," (Matthew 6:9-15).

You may use this prayer as a good outline, but in put it in your own words. Don’t just recite this prayer, personalize its components and pray from your heart as though The Father was in the room with you and He is.

Finally, you will need to find a church where you can worship, serve the Lord and fellowship with other Christians, (a church where you can be comfortable and feel love). The main ingredient the early church had was love, God’s love! Go to Acts chapter two and read verses 42-47. This is the historical record of the birth of God’s church which reveals what the new disciples did within it. The Bible teaches, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, all the more as you see the Day approaching,” (Hebrews 10:25). Once you are established in the church, the next stage will be for you to get discipled and eventually baptized.

Never forget, by accepting Christ and becoming God’s child you're now part of God’s family. "He/She that has the Son (Jesus) has life (eternal life). He/She that does not have the Son does not have life,” (1 John 5:12). We have a ‘know so’ salvation. Through asking Jesus to be your savior, you can positively know that you've made your life right with God and you’re on your way to Heaven. Apostle John wrote, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life," (1 John 5:13).

If you have any questions or I can help you in any way in your walk with Christ, you can call me at 719-231-5711 or sent me an email at [email protected].

May the Lord bless you!

Pastor Michael Jennings
2376 Academy Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80909