The essence of Christianity is a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
All people have sinned against God (Rom 3:23). There is no exception. Sin is rebelling against God and the purposes for which he created us. It is choosing our way rather than God's way. Sin always involves disobeying God. God is holy, pure in every way. We are impure and by our very nature live in rebellion against God. God's standard is revealed in the Ten Commandments (Exod 20:3-17). We have all fallen short of his standard. Apart from Christ, we are hopelessly doomed to be separated from God. Justice demands that we deserve to be punished for our sins. There is nothing that we can do to pay our sin debt.
In Jesus' first sermon recorded in (Mark 1:15), he called people to repent and believe the gospel. Repentance involves a change of heart and mind. It is to feel godly sorrow because of the weight of our sin. It means to turn away from our sin and to turn to God to live as one of his followers. The gospel is the good news of the person and work of Christ. He is the son of God, the very nature and essence of God. He is God. He is the one who never sinned that was willing to bear our sins in his body on the cross (2 Cor 5:21). He died as our substitute, enduring the punishment that we deserved, so that we can have a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus. He died for us, but he rose from the grave on the third day in victory to give us eternal life (John 20:1-10).
Even though we were dead in our sins, unable to save ourselves, God, who is rich in mercy because of his great love for us, offers us life that we do not deserve and cannot earn through Christ. We can experience God's forgiveness and salvation through Christ. We receive Christ by grace through faith. Grace is undeserved favor. It means to understand that you cannot save yourself. Salvation is God's gift to you that you must receive by faith (Eph 2:1-10). Faith involves believing that Jesus is exactly who he claimed to be, the sinless son of God. He died for our sins and rose from the grave to give us real life.
Do you sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit, revealing the truth that you are a sinner in need of a savior? Are you broken over your sin, realizing there is no hope apart from Christ? He is the only way of salvation; there is no other (John 14:6). Are you willing to repent of your sins and to believe the gospel? Will you receive Christ's gift of salvation? If you are willing, offer a prayer to God. Admit that you are a sinner, living in rebellion against God. Turn away from your sins and ask God to forgive you for your sins, even though you do not deserve it. Ask him to save you by his grace. Receive him as Lord, the ruler of your life. Pray to God right now in your own words. He knows your heart.
If you are not ready, or you have questions please contact Campus Ministries. We would love to talk to you!
If you received Christ, let our Campus Ministries team at North Greenville University know about it. We want to pray for you and to help you connect with a local church where other believers can help establish you in the faith. Start today to spend time in fellowship with God through his Word, the Bible, and prayer (communication with God). If you don't have a Bible, free online versions are available at http://www.youversion.com. Begin by reading the gospel of John. Allow God to speak to you through the Bible. Think of ways that you can apply the Bible to your daily life. Thank God for his salvation.
Another helpful resource from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association : http://findingmyhope.org/