"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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:16-17

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:9-10



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If you aren't a Christian, this is for you. 


No matter your background, where you've come from, or what you've done, this story is for you. 

2 Timothy 3:16 says , "All scripture is God-breathed...", meaning every word written in the Bible was inspired by God. So we're going to focus on His words to tell this story.

You might be surprised to find that His Word says He created you uniquely, knows everything about you, and He loves you. He made a huge sacrifice to save you and show His love for you. This is the historical message of the Bible, and we're going to dive deeper into what this means for you and me today...



"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Romans 3:23

"...the requirements of the law are written on their hearts..." Romans 2:15

"There is no one righteous, not even one..." Romans 3:10

We all know in our hearts what's right and what's wrong. We know that things like murder, lying, stealing, rape, torture and hate are wrong. We also know that things like being kind to people, honoring our parents, acting fairly, loving others, and being generous are right. How do we know this? Just like Romans 2:15 says above, this is the law of God, our Creator. He made us with His law in our hearts so we would know what's right (what we should do) and what's wrong (what we shouldn't do).

Unfortunately, no one is perfect. You and I both have made bad decisions throughout our lives, sometimes daily. It might not be murder, but it could be acting selfishly, being rude to someone, gossiping, lying, pride, greed, disobedience, etc. You might even be struggling with something more serious like pornography, cheating, drugs, or sex outside of marriage.


Our wrongdoing is called sin. It's when we go our way instead of God's way. It's when  I  am the center of my world, am in control, and do whatever  I  want. It's when we make ourselves the god of our own lives. 

But where does this lead us? Just like how we instinctively know what's right and what's wrong, we also know that doing wrong has consequences. In this life, rejecting God's way and going our own way leads to emptiness, brokenness, destroyed relationships, destructive behavior, anxiety, depression, and ultimately death. These are the natural consequences of sin...(for example, think about a time you lied to someone close to you and they found out. How did your lie affect your relationship with that person? Probably in a bad way. This is a natural consequence for sin that God wants to protect you from when he tells us not to lie)

but there is also an eternal consequence for our sin...


"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23




Sin separates us from God - not only in this life, but also in the life to come. The ultimate punishment for sin is death and separation from God forever in hell when we die. As we saw earlier, God created us with the command to obey him in doing what's right. So when we break this law or command, we commit an act of disobedience to the One who gave us life in the first place, resulting in a punishment that's just as serious.

But the good news is, you have a choice. You don't have to choose that for yourself. God made another way. 



"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

"know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ..." Galatians 2:16

"...he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy." Titus 3:5




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Most people think okay, if my wrongdoing separates me from God, I'll just do more good works to get me back to Him. I'll be a better person. I'll give to the poor more, go to church, volunteer at a homeless shelter, etc. 

Sadly, even our best efforts don't have the power to reverse or pay for our sin. Being a good person doesn't get us to heaven. Everyone has sinned at some point in their life, so we are still guilty, and there are still consequences. 

God is perfect, which means He is perfectly just and punishes wrongdoing. But God is also full of compassion, mercy, and love...



"God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Ephesians 1:7

"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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him." John 3:16-17

"...just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4

"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Matthew 28:5-6





But God loves you so much that he sent His Son to pay the price for your sin. Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and lived a perfect life without sin, and died a brutal death on a cross - sacrificing Himself in order to pay for our sin. He took the punishment we deserved and placed it on Himself so that we could be saved; so that you and I could be forgiven and live forever with Him. He then rose from the dead on the third day, proving He is God and defeating sin and death's hold on you and me.

Jesus made the way for us to be reconciled back to God. It's a free gift. All you have to do is ask Him to forgive you of your sin and accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and He will forgive you, cleanse you of your sin, redeem you, and give you the gift of eternal life with Him. 



"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved," Romans 10:9-10

"...everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved..." Acts 2:21

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If you're ready to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, here's a prayer to help you if you need the words, or pray your own prayer based on the verses above:

Dear God,

I know I am a sinner. Thank you Jesus for coming down to earth and dying on the cross in my place to save me from my sin. I believe you rose from the dead on the third day, and that you are Lord. Please forgive me of my sin and save me. I place my faith and my trust in you to be my Lord and Savior, and I receive your free gift of salvation through your Son. Thank you for loving me and for sacrificing yourself for me so that I could have eternal life. Thank you for forgiving me of my sin and making me new. From this day forward, the best that I know how, I will live my life for you. Please take control of my life and lead me.

In Jesus Name', amen.  


1. Get Baptized


"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19

"...having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sin and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins..." Colossians 2:12-13

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his." Romans 6:4-5

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Baptism is a symbol and public profession of your faith. Just like a wedding ring symbolizes marriage, baptism symbolizes your decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 


Baptism is when someone lowers you in water until you are submerged, and then raises you back out of the water. As the verses above explain, this is symbolic for Christ dying on the cross for your sin, and being raised to life on the third day. It's also symbolic for you dying to your sin and old way of life, and being raised with Christ into a newness of life with Him. 

You can get baptized by finding a church near you. See more about this below:

2. Find a Home Church


"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one antother with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." Colossians 3:16

"For where two or three gather in my namethere am I with them." Matthew 18:20

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Just like the verses mention above, it's important to meet with and be encouraged by other believers. This helps grow your faith and connect you with the family of Christ. 

Find a home church. Do some research to see what churches are around you, and look into their core values to make sure they match up with scripture. Go visit a church and see if you would like to become a member. 

Once you find your home church, get connected. Get batized there, look in to their  serving opportunities, and most importantly, join a small group where you can study the Bible more in-depth and create true bonds and friendships with other believers. 

3. Grow Your Relationship with God


"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11

"Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Come near to God and he will come near to you." James 4:8

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Another critical way to grow your faith and keep yourself from falling into sin again is by spending time with God. Just like any relationship, you grow closer to someone by spending time with them. The same is true for your relationship with Jesus.

I encourage you to set aside time each day to read God's Word (the Bible) and to spend time in prayer, talking to God. Like James 4:8 says above, come near to God and He will come near to you. He will show you more of Himself - His love, faithfulness, power, and  mercy. He will reveal things to you, speak to you, convict you, comfort you, and teach you in the way you should go.

Spending time with God or "remaining in" Jesus will  also change you. Like Galatians 5:22-23 say above, you will begin to produce the fruit of God's Spirit. You will grow in your faith and love of Christ. For more about growing your relationship with God, click here.


"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Ephesians 1:7

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2

God has forgiven your sins. You are redeemed and set free.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

You are a new creation. You have been made new.

"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

"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

"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

You will live forever with God in Heaven when you die.

"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit , who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14

"But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." Romans 8:10-11

You received God's Spirit when you accepted Christ. His Holy Spirit now lives in you as a seal or guarantee of your salvation.

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith." Galatians 3:26

"Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you..." 1 Peter 1:3-4

You are a child of God, and will receive an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

"What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certanly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:1-14

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5:24-25

Christian means Christ-follower. Your old way of life ruled by sin has been done away with. You now follow Christ - keeping in step with His Spirit by obeying God and doing good works.

"Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." 1 Timothy 6:18-19

"For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done." Matthew 16:27

"...What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' - the things God has prepared for those who love him..." 1 Corinthians 2:9

God will reward you for every good work you do for Him, and your reward will last forever in Heaven.

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of the topics discussed above, contact me here. I would love to help you in any way I can, pray with you, or point you in the right direction!