When Jesus was on earth his message was, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.” Since he is the King, wherever he was, there was the Kingdom of God! When he said repent, he meant to completely change how you thought about yourself, your life, and your relationship with God. Repentance is a change in thinking so strong and powerful that it literally changes how you live! At Community Heights we talk a lot about loving God and loving our neighbors. That’s because Jesus said those two things are the most important things we can give our lives to. But God started it first. He first loved US!
What's the Problem?
The only thing that comes between us and a relationship with God is our sin. Sin breaks our relationship to God, and since we are all born sinners we need a fix for that separation from God. God loves fixing people! He’s the only one who can.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” He said “whoever believes in me has eternal life.” He also said, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever would believe in him would not perish, but have eternal life.”
Have you believed Jesus, and believed in Jesus? He’s the only one who can change your life and bring you into a loving relationship with the God of the universe.
Jesus said, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”. He also said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” There’s that word again, repentance! Repentance means a complete changing of our mind about who we are and how we relate to God.
When the Father sent the Son, the Son died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, just like the Old Testament Scripture said he would! His death, burial, and resurrection prove his love for us, and that Jesus is LORD over all the earth, and over you and me.
How We Respond…
When we recognize our sinfulness, and God’s abundant love for us, and place our trust and belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God forgives our sin, sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts, makes us new, clean, and righteous before him, and changes our lives!
We then can live a Kingdom life, with Jesus as our King, and are free to love God and love others as we pursue a life with God. It doesn’t mean that all of our problems will disappear, but that now we have God walking with us, helping us in every life circumstance.
So many people start their new relationship to God with a simple prayer. Something like this…
“God, I know I’m a sinner.
I know that I’ve messed up so many times in my life, and haven’t even met my own expectations of myself.
I recognize my sin, and ask for you to forgive me. As best I know how, I believe in Jesus as the one who died on the cross to pay for my sins.
He took my place, and I put my trust and faith in him.
I want a relationship with you God, and I’m asking for that today. Forgive my sin, come into my life, and make me new. I believe in you.”
If you believe the good news about Jesus, and are putting your trust in him, or if you have more questions and would like to talk to someone, email us and let us know! We’d love to help you connect to God!