Steps to Peace with God


steps to peace with godBy Billy Graham

Step One
God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

Step 1
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and
life–abundant and eternal.

The Bible says…

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John
3:16

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly.” John 10:10

Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God
planned for us to have?

Step Two
The Problem: Our Separation

Step 2
God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He
did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.

We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this
choice today. This results in separation from God.

Our Attempts to Reach God

People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves
and God…

The Bible says…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to
death.” Proverbs 14:12

No bridge reaches God…except one.

Step Three
God’s Bridge: The Cross

Step 3Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He
paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

The Bible says…

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man
Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 2:5

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.

Step Four
Our Response: Receive Christ

Step 4We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.

The Bible says…

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and
opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20

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

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in
your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans
10:9

Where are you?

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

Here is how you can receive Christ:

1.Admit your need (I need You God).
2.Be willing to turn from your ways (repent).
3.Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
4.Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

God’s Assurance: His Word

If you prayed,

The Bible says…

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you?

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

Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth.”

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:

1. Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Tell others about Christ.
4. Be baptized in water. Acts 2:38. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

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