Our problem is sin.
Have you ever wondered how you can know God? You know, it begins with a relationship. First, you need to understand God's purpose for mankind: God created man to honor, serve, and fellowship with Him.
We are here to bring Him honor and glory.
God's promise is eternal life in Heaven and a relationship with Him. This relationship is more than just knowing who God is. It is one where you know God, and God knows you. I can walk up to the White House and tell the guard, "I know the President," but that is not going to get me in. But if the President walked out and said "Yes, I know _____. Let him in." That signifies a relationship. You may know who Jesus is, but does He know you? (1 John 3:1).
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11). "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm 16:11).
How can we have eternal life?
How Can I Know God?
"For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). If you were to break the law by speeding in your car, a police officer will pull you over, write up a ticket, and make you pay the penalty. There is a penalty for disobeying God's law too. The penalty is death, and the Bible teaches that this death is an eternal death in a place called Hell. The basic idea of death is separation.
There are three types of death or separation.
The Bible teaches that you must:
"Dear Father – I know I am a sinner that deserves eternal death in Hell. I realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose again for me. And right now, by faith, I turn from my sins and trust in You alone for my salvation. Thank you for saving me and making me Your child. Now help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen."
If you have received Christ or have any questions because of what you have read, please contact Pastor Rocky Culpepper by phone (352.245.9252) or by email. He would love to help you take the next step in your relationship with God.
Sin has a penalty.
begins with God.
This video answers the important question:
"How can I know God?"
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People have tried many ways to gain or earn eternal life, but every attempt has been unsuccessful. You can't do enough good things to earn eternal life. You can't be religious enough in your church or rituals to save yourself from your sins. You can't give enough money to buy salvation, and some people even think that they can do enough good to outweigh their bad, and that will give them eternal life.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us"(Titus 3:5). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
How do we accept this gift of eternal life?
The reality is that everybody has sinned. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). What is sin? Sin is disobeying God. It is breaking His law (1 John 3:4). We sin by doing what God has told us not to do or by not doing what God has told us to do. Do you know the Ten Commandments? Do you think you have kept them?
Now, let me tell you about this grace. Jesus Christ is God's sinless son. He was sent by the Father to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross in our place (John 3:16). "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18a)
We deserved that death on the cross, but Christ took our place. He was our sinless substitute. This grace, or love, of God is a gift to us. We don't pay for it, and we don't earn it. It is simply a gift that we must accept (Romans 6:23).
Jesus is the only way.
Will you accept this gift of eternal life today?
What is God's promise for those who respond in repentance and faith?
You must turn from your sins to Jesus. You must receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). In order to receive Jesus Christ as Lord, you must repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone as the only hope of eternal life.