How To Know You've Been Born Again
God knows you. He wants you to know Him.
That anxiety we feel, that knot in our stomach and the uncertainty over what life holds in store for us: a lot of that is really not about what we have but about what we need. We fill our lives with things, hoping to fill that need, but material things and even people can never address what’s really bothering us. People think of a Christian life like a diet. No This. No That. None Of The Other Thing. Being a Christian has little to do with your habits or behavior. Living a Christian life is less about rules and regulations than it is about allowing God’s love to
wash over you, to allow that love to become a part of you.
Getting to know God
begins with a simple acknowledgement
that we are not perfect. That we’ve made mistakes, that
we’ve done wrong: that we’re tired of living empty and
purposeless lives. That we want more (Romans 3:23: For all
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God). We know
doing wrong has consequences, but God is offering us a way
out (Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord).
That way out is Jesus Christ (John 1:12: …to all who
received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the
right to become children of God).
A Sinner's Prayer
Lord Jesus, I’ve done a lot of wrong things in my life.
Things I’m not proud of. Things I wish I could change. I’m
sorry for those things I’ve done, and for those things I am
now doing. Lord, I don’t want to live this way anymore. I
believe that You died for me. I believe that You rose again,
according to the scriptures, and that You live today. I
believe You want to be my friend. I want to be Yours.
Get a Bible. Get a good one. I recommend the Zondervan NIV Student Bible. Get a Prayer Partner. Somebody you trust. Somebody who’s not a busybody or a big mouth. Someone who will check on you and make sure you’re okay. Someone you can share your struggle with. Find A Good Church Home. It really is important to belong to a church family. And, there you are: on the road to a new life and new experiences like one you’ve ever known. Learn to love and trust God, and you’ll find a life more full and rewarding than you’ve ever known. This is the most important thing you can ever do with your life.
Getting Started With Jesus
...No one can ever be made right in God's sight by doing
what his law commands. For the more we know God's law, the
clearer it becomes that we aren't obeying it. But now God
has shown us a different way of being right in his sight –
not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the
Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God's sight when
we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all
can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what
we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God's
glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness
declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ
Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God
sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to
satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God
when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his
life for us. —Romans 3:20-25 [NLT]