Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/mdnorthi/public_html/wp-content/themes/urbancity/lib/functions/entry-views.php on line 61
Steps to God | Faith Community Church

Steps to God

Step One

God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and created you to experience peace and limitless life through an intimate relationship with Him.

The Bible says …

“The God who made the world and everything in it is Lord of heaven and earth…from one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17.24-27

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

Step Two

The Problem: Our Separation

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 choice.

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

The Bible says …

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…” Romans 5:12

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

Our Attempts to Reach God

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

…good deeds…church attendance…self-denial…sacrifice…

The Bible says …

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

“…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags,and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3.23

No bridge reaches God … except one.

Step Three

God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus 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, who gave himself as a ransom for all men… ” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“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

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

The Bible says …

“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:

  • Admit your need (I am a sinner).
  • Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
  • Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
  • Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

“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

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:12-13

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.”