Knowing God

Teaching children to know that God is at the heart of everything we do at Chino Valley Released Time Christian Education. Below, we explain what it means to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Realize that you are a sinner.

Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The Lord tells us that no matter how hard we try to live a perfect life, we will never measure up to His perfect standard of righteousness. This isn’t meant to be discouraging news; instead,  it’s encouraging to know that God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He simply invites us to acknowledge and admit that we are all sinners, in need of a Savior - Jesus Christ.

Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

The penalty for sin is death. Instead of making us pay that debt, Jesus died on the cross for us, that we might be forgiven by God.

The Bible tells us that “God showed His great love for us by  sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.

Repent of your sin and go the other way.

The Bible tells us, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19).  The word “repent” means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him. When we confess and repent, we are agreeing with God that we need His grace and forgiveness in our lives.

Open the door to Jesus.

Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If  anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20).  If you desire to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior.  Thank You for saving me. Amen.”

Next steps

If you prayed this prayer, we would love to know so that we can help you take the next steps in your faith. 

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