God offers you an awesome gift! Jesus comes to restore your relationships with God and with one another. So what are you going to do? (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38-39).
Turn around and accept the gift! After all, how can you be in a relationship with God if your back is turned to him? Repent, which simply means to turn around—to turn away from sin and toward God so you can receive the gift of forgiveness. You cannot live a sinless life; but you can live a repentant life. Daily remember your baptism and turn toward God.
Believe means to trust the promise. Receive forgiveness as a gift, trusting that Jesus’ promise is true and unconditional. God declares you a forgiven sinner and restores your relationship with him through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
"After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'" (Mark 1:14-15)
"As for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Be Baptzied. When you are baptized, God does something! God makes promises. He declares you a forgiven sinner. He makes you a child of God and coheirs with Christ. He gives you the gift of the Holy Spirit. He makes you a new creation and sets you free. Baptism is about what God does—not about what you do! Baptism is something for you to hold onto to help you trust the promise.
Following Jesus is expensive. Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him (Luke 9:23-26). He tells us to count the cost and give up everything (Luke 14:25-33). He teaches us that unless a grain of wheat dies, it remains only a single seed (John 12:24-26). What do you need to give up to follow Jesus? What roadblocks do you face?
To be a Christian is not only to believe in Christ but to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19). To follow him where? Into the world in solidarity with the least, the lost, and the last. Following Jesus is called Discipleship which is a life long call to repent, believe, connect, rest, pray, dwell in the Word, worship, serve and give. We call these the nine marks of discipleship. He calls you to be a disciple and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
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