Knowing God

You’re closer than you realise to knowing God and having a real relationship with him. Sound crazy? It’s easy to look around us at the problems in the world, and at our own internal mess, and decide that if there is a God out there, he’s probably not interested in you. Nothing could be further from the truth.

God is real, is active in our world, and wants you to know him. So what’s the real hurdle to this new relationship?

It might be painful to admit it, but deep down, as much as we would like to think of ourselves as generally good, we know that our first inclination is for our own interests, our pleasure, and our priorities. But we’re tired of trying to find meaning in meaningless things, tired of being dependent on others for our worth. We know there has to be a better way to go through this life.

At our very core, even closer to the soul than we can fathom, we have this sense of what is right and wrong. We know what fairness looks like, and we know the sting of injustice. You’ve probably felt a nudge towards doing good at times when you know it would be in your best interests to do otherwise. Where does this innate sense of right and wrong come from? This belief that there’s just something more out there?

This voice comes from God. We were made to have this yearning for him. He’s been with you every step of the way, since before your first step. He offers us hope for something better in this life, and hope for life beyond death for those who trust him.

The amazing thing about a journey toward knowing God is that he already knows you, loves you, and has been working in your soul since before you were born. God wants to literally re-make you into a new person.

Starting the Journey

God has a plan for your life. But sin (any deliberate action, attitude, or thought that goes against God) separates us from his plan. So God created a way for us – as imperfect humans – to know him, even though he is perfect. God’s son, Jesus Christ, walked on this earth as both fully divine and fully human. He died a sacrificial death in order for us to be made right before God, and he defeated death by coming alive three days later (the resurrection). Through Jesus, we all can be cleansed of our sin and live life in all its fullness.

Reach out: Accepting this gift starts with admitting your need for God. You come to a place where you understand that you simply can’t do it on your own, that you’re chasing after dreams that are failing, never finding satisfaction in anything or anyone, never able to do enough to be good enough, and you cry out for something greater to live for.

Look inside: The Bible clearly states – and we all can agree based on our own life experiences – that we’re all sinners, all in need of Jesus to remove the stain of our sins. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Understand the gift: The Bible also proclaims the good news: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

If you trust that God really can take away your sin and erase all your past history. He promises to guide you through life’s challenges and enable you to live a pure, holy life: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

We can’t earn this salvation; there is nothing we can do by our own power to deserve it. We are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. You need to simply and honestly acknowledge that you are a sinner, that Jesus died to cleanse you of your sins, and ask His forgiveness. God already knows you and loves you beyond what you can imagine! God is ready to extend forgiveness that will release you from your burdens. Are you ready?
Praying to an unseen God can be intimidating at first. Eventually, it will feel as natural as breathing. Start by simply talking to him. A prayer like this is the beginning of accepting the wonderful gift of salvation in Jesus Christ:

“Jesus Christ, I know I have messed up in my life. I have sinned, and that has created a barrier between you and me. I need your forgiveness. I know I can’t do it on my own. I want to turn away from everything that I know is wrong. Right now, I choose to trust in you. I choose to accept your free gift of eternal life, and I believe that your sacrificial death freed me from this sin-baggage I have carried for so long. Please come into my life, renew me, love me, and stay with me forever. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.”

When you welcome God into your life, he in turn will give himself fully to you, no strings attached. It is because of Jesus Christ’s act of utter selflessness, when he made the ultimate sacrifice for us, that we are able to have this kind of authentic relationship with him.

Did you pray this prayer?

If yes – welcome to the family of God! We are excited that you made a commitment to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour. This is the most important decision you can make.
We encourage you to make a second decision now. We want to pray for you and help you grow in your relationship with Christ. Please plan to come along to our church and we can celebrate your new commitment together!

If not – please feel free to ponder how God is speaking into your life. You are very welcome to contact us to explore questions of life and faith. Life is a journey – remember God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

Made New in Jesus

You’ll never be the same again. God just doesn’t take up residence in us to clean things up. God wants to completely transform you into the person he designed you to be. As you begin this journey, you will see changes. Your attitudes, habits, choices, and desires will change to reflect God’s presence in your life. Changing will be a challenge and may take time, but God will give you what you need to take those steps to becoming a new person.

Grow Your Faith

You’ve been given a new life. It’s exciting to imagine what God will do! We know he has a great plan for your life. We pray you will grow your faith and discover more every day. God wants to spend time with you and help you discover more of him. He wants you to talk to him and read the Bible, which contains the story of his great love. Important for every Christian is to belong to a ‘community of faith’ – the church, where ordinary people come together to grow in discipleship and to encourage and bless one another.

You Are Welcome

God is not asking you to walk this new journey alone. In fact, spending time in worship and learning with other believers is crucial to growing as a Christian.  Through sharing with other Christ-followers regularly, you – and your family – will be inspired and encouraged in practical ways to become who God wants you to be.