hope-sidebar-2True hope for this life and eternity is a reality – not a dream! And it can be your reality because of God’s love for you! God created you to have a relationship with Him, and He can and will give you a new life now and an eternal life with Him in heaven. The Bible is the story of God’s love for all humanity, and in the Bible we find both the hopeless condition of humanity because of sin AND God’s plan to provide forgiveness for sin through Jesus Christ. It’s so simple that many people find it hard to believe. Four statements and five Bible verses say it all…
 
1)  All humans are hopeless because of our sin.
We inherited a selfish, self-centered ego from our parents, and we’ve all made selfish, self-centered life choices. Our selfish, self-centered life choices are called ‘sin’, and sin separates us from God.
Romans 3:23 says it this way: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
 
2)  God loves us even though we are hopeless, selfish sinners. And His love for us drove Him to provide a way to forgiveness.
Romans 5:8 says “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
3)  We deserve death because of our sin, but God offers eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
 
4)  We receive forgiveness for our sin and eternal hope when we trust in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
 
And that’s the simple truth! You were created for an eternal purpose, and God loves you with an eternal love. The hope you long for is found only in Jesus Christ because Jesus alone can forgive sin and make dirty, broken hearts clean and whole again! 
If you are ready to choose hope in Jesus, you can do that right where you are as you read this!
 — In your own words, simply tell God that you know you’re a sinner and you need His forgiveness.
 — Tell God that you believe Jesus died to pay for your sins and you accept His payment for your sins.
 — Tell God that you believe Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.
 — Tell God ‘Thanks’ for forgiving your sin and giving you new life and hope through Jesus Christ!
 
That’s it… that’s how you can start your ‘hope-filled’ life with Jesus and enjoy eternal life in heaven someday. If you just made that choice, we want to say ‘Welcome to the Family’! AND we’d like to share a few thoughts on how to Get Started With Jesus! Click the link to get started on your new adventure, and remember – we are excited to help in any way we can!