|BECAUSE WE CARE...
Because we care.
We care what happens to you now, and we care what happens to you eternally. That's why we're asking you to read this letter as though your life depends on it.
Because it does.
Listen to how specifically Jesus spoke of what will be required of us:
"Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 (NASB)
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
John 14:6 (NASB)
"Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." John 3:18 (NASB)
Listen to some things Jesus did not say:
He did not say being a nice person is all that is really necessary.
If that were true, we wouldn't need a Savior. But God says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 2:23 (NASB) All of us have failed to live up to God's law and therefore stand guilty before Him.
He did not say being religious and going to the right church is what really counts.
The need to be "born again" was originally presented not to a criminal off the streets, but to Nicodemus, a sincere, respected religious leader of his day. A man who prayed and kept the commandments. To such a man Jesus said: "You must be born again." John 3:7 (NASB) And He says the same thing to you and to me.
He did not say if you just live by The Golden Rule, you'll make it.
God does expect us to live by the Golden Rule, but good works can never be the basis of salvation. The Bible says of born again Christians, "You have been saved through faith;...not as a result of works." Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)
He did not say a loving God would never condemn anyone to hell.
God is perfect love. But He's also perfectly just. And that justice makes it impossible for Him to allow our sinfulness to go unpunished. "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 (NASB) When Christ died on the Cross, He paid the penalty for the sins of people like you and me in order to forgive us. The Bible says, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 (NASB) What we need to do to be born again is turn from our sins and wholeheartedly put our faith and trust in Jesus. If we refuse His offer of forgiveness, then we must suffer the penalty for our own sins.
We're not talking about a religion or a denomination but a personal relationship with the Living God who "so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NASB)
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." He's offering you that opportunity right now. If you would like to open the door of your life to Jesus, here's what to do. Honestly tell Him that you realize you need forgiveness and that you want to turn away from your sins to Him. Tell Him that from this moment on, you will trust Him as your Savior who died for you, and as your Lord whom you will obey. Then thank Him for forgiving you and giving you eternal life.
We have no way of knowing what's going on in your heart right now. We only know that this message is important if you do not know Christ as your personal saviour. Our hope and prayer is that you will make this commitment if you haven't already done so and that God will do for you what He's done so graciously for us!
New American Standard Bible Scripture references
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