God’s Purpose
God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. The Bible states it this way, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God’s purpose is that we have eternal life.
We receive eternal life as a free gift (Romans 6:23).
We can live a full and meaningful life right now (John 10:10).
We will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven (John 14:3).
Our Need
As we search for meaning in life, we discover our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
We are sinners by nature and by choice (Romans 3:23).
We cannot save ourselves (Ephesians 2:9).
We deserve death and hell (Romans 6:23).
God’s Provision
God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin (John 14:6).
Jesus is God and became man (John 1:1, 14).
Jesus died for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Romans 4:25).
Our Response
The only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. 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).
We must repent of our sin. “Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
-Repentance is not just feeling sorry for your sin (Acts 26:20).
-Repentance is turning away from our sin and turning to God through Jesus.
We must place our faith in Jesus. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
-Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus (James 2:19).
-Faith is trusting Jesus.
We must surrender to Jesus as Lord. “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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
-Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our lives to Jesus (Matthew 7:21).
-Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is giving Jesus control of our lives.
As evidence of giving Jesus control we will want to identify with Him. The New Testament way to identify with Jesus is to confess Jesus publicly and follow Him in baptism and church membership
(Romans 10:13).
Have you been baptized by immersion since receiving Christ as your Savior? Baptism is a response of obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord (Acts 2:38, 41). Although baptism does not save, it demonstrates the Lordship of Christ over every aspect of our lives.
God’s Purpose
We declare our new life in Christ through baptism (Acts 2:41; 8:35-38).
The essentials of the gospel - death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus - are portrayed in baptism
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Your spiritual death, burial, and resurrection are pictured in baptism (Romans 6: 3-4).
Our Need
We need to confess Christ publicly through baptism soon after we are saved. (Matthew 10:32).
We need to obey Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19).
We need to join the fellowship of the church family (Acts 2:41).
We need to follow Christ’s example (Matthew 3:13-15).
God’s Provision
Jesus began His public ministry with baptism (Mark 1:9-11).
Immersion in water is the proper way to be baptized (Acts 8:38).
Jesus has given authority to the local church to baptize (Matthew 28:19-20).
Our Response
Request the local church to baptize you.
Be baptized as an expression of obedience to Christ (Acts 2:41).
Influence others through your baptism (Acts 16:31-33).
My Commitment
Father, I want to obey you and let others know I have a new life in Jesus Christ. Bless me as I follow Jesus in baptism.
Assurance of Salvation
Do you doubt your salvation? Doubts are not uncommon to Christians.
God’s Purpose
God intends for us to know we have eternal life. “He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
God intends for us to experience the joy of salvation (John 15:10-11).
Our Need
Why do you feel you need assurance of your salvation? Bible writers also expressed the need for renewal (Psalm 51:12).
Has sin or disobedience caused you to doubt your salvation?
Has Satan placed doubts in your mind? (Genesis 3:1)
Have you neglected prayer, Bible study, worship and witness?
Do you have unanswered questions about God or about daily experiences of life?
God’s Provision
God has promised to complete the work of salvation in us (Philippians 1:6).
Jesus promises assurance of eternal life. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
Jesus said no one could take the Christian out of his hand (John 10:28).
The Holy Spirit tells us we are the children of God (Romans 3:16).
Our Response
We receive God’s assurance by faith and express it through obedience (1 John 2:3-5).
We shouldn’t trust only our feelings. We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7).
Confess all known sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Commit yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10).
Claim God’s promises of salvation by faith. Know. Believe. Commit (2 Tim. 1:12).
Obey God’s commands (John 14:21; 15:10).
My Commitment
Father, I place my complete faith in you and thank you for the assurance of my salvation.
Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life? Why do you think you are not as close to him as you once were?
God’s Purpose
God wants to reclaim the usefulness of your life and restore the joy of your salvation (John 5:10-11).
Christ wants to be Lord of all your life. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
God wants to cleanse you from sin.
God wants to live in fellowship with you (1 John 1:7).
God wants to fill you with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
God will make you acceptable for ministry (2 Timothy 4:11).
Our Need
Often we fail to please God.
Personal sin hinders fellowship with God. “But your sins have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
We feel the need for a closer relationship with Jesus (Luke 15:21).
God’s Provision
God is ready to forgive and restore you (1 John 1:9).
The blood of Jesus will cover sins. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Christians will forgive you and welcome you back (Galatians 6:1).
Our Response
Confess our sins (Proverbs 28:13).
Recommit yourself to the Lordship of Christ (Acts 2:36).
Yield yourself daily to Christ and experience the fullness of his life in you (Romans 6:12-13; Galatians 2:20).
The heart of the matter is Lordship! We are reminded that Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
We must commit ourselves to Him so that reaffirmation will have lasting significance.
My Commitment
Lord Jesus, I want to acknowledge my sin and recommit myself to you as Lord. I trust you to provide the strength for me to live for you the rest of my life.
Church Membership
Are you an active member of a local church? Where? Jesus built the church (Matthew 16:18) and gave himself for the benefit of the church (Ephesians 5:25). The church is made up of God’s people. To love Christ is to love his church.
God’s Purpose
We can be a part of God’s work through the church. (Romans 12:5).
As a part of the church, we can worship with other Christians (Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 5:19-20).
As a part of the church, we can share our faith (Acts 1:8;
2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
As a part of the church, we learn how to become the kind of people God wants us to be (2 Peter 3:18).
As a part of the church, we can minister to one another
(1 Corinthians 12:12-26).
Our Need
We need the fellowship of other Christians (1 John 1:3). We need to publicly identify with the family of God (Acts 2:41-42).
We need strength for daily living, which comes through fellowship with other Christians (Hebrews 3:13).
We can express our personal talents and spiritual gifts through the church (Romans 12: 4-8).
God’s Provision
God established the church as the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:18).
God provides for church membership through the invitation of the local church (Revelation 22:17).
God encourages every Christian to participate in church membership (Hebrews 10:25).
Jesus set the example for us through his custom of regular synagogue attendance (Luke 4:16).
Our Response
You may become a member of the local church by professing your faith and by being baptized (Acts 2:41, 47).
You may share in the fellowship of the local church by joining its membership.
You may join a church by a statement that you have been baptized by a local church of another denomination.
Will you commit yourself to become an active member of a local church?
My Commitment
Dear Lord, thank you for the church. Help me to be a faithful church member and support my church family.
Do you want to grow in your relationship with God each day? As a Christian it is natural for you to want to know Jesus better and to be complete in Him (Colossians 2:10a). Through your obedience Jesus can become involved in every intimate part of your life (John 14:21). You will move beyond yourself, letting Christ assume full direction and control. This will lead you into a maturing, personal relationship with God.
Abide in Christ. Then God will help you grow as a Christian; but you must keep a close relationship with Him. As a disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and live daily for Christ. (Luke 9:23).
Live in the Word. You grow as you study the Bible regularly
(1 Peter 2:2). Plan a daily time for reading the Bible and you will grow to maturity (2 Peter 3:18).
Pray in faith. Prayer is worship and talking with God (John 15:7). Your prayer delights God. Talk to God throughout each day. Believe God’s promises. Prayer will help you gain strength and overcome temptation.
Fellowship with believers. Christ wants you to fellowship regularly with your brothers and sisters in Christ in His church. Your love for others will show that you are a disciple (follower) of Christ
(John 13:34-35).
Witness to others. Tell others how you came to know Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). God is pleased when you bear fruit (John 15:8). The greatest fruit is leading others to Christ.
Practice faithful stewardship. Giving helps keep your priorities in order. Start systematically giving a portion of your income to Christ’s church (1 Corinthians 16:2). Practice giving to meet the needs of others (Luke 6:38). You will reap joy as you sow (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
My Commitment
Heavenly Father, I want to be more like you. I commit myself to study your Word, to pray, to fellowship with believers, to share Christ with others and to give faithfully. Help me to grow in Christian maturity in each area.
Commitment to Christian Ministry
What do you think God wants you to do with your life? God wants you to know His will (Ephesians 5:17), and He will help you discover it (Romans 12:1).
God’s Purpose
Every Christian is called to Christian service (Ephesians 4:1).
God reaches out through His people to the world (2 Corinthians 5:20).
God gives us spiritual gifts to minister to others (Romans 12:6;
1 Peter 4:10).
God gives leaders to the church to equip its people for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Our Need
Our need is to be laborers in the fields that are white to harvest (Luke 10:2).
We need to win the world to Christ because the world is lost and going to hell (Matthew 7:13-14).
Our need is to do the will of God (Philippians 2:13).
We need to train others for service (Ephesians 4:11-12).
God’s Provision
God will not ask you to do anything He will not equip you to do.
God calls you to Christian service (1 Samuel 3:8, Acts 9:1-20).
God promises to be with you and to help you (Exodus 4:12;
Joshua 1:9).
The Holy Spirit will empower you (Acts 1:8).
Anything God leads you to do is possible in His strength (Philippians 4:13).
Our Response
Prove what God’s will is for us regarding vocational service by completely surrendering to Christ as Lord (Romans 12:1-2).
Be willing to do God’s will (Acts 9:6).
Trust God for guidance. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
If you are willing to do God’s will, He will reveal His will to you. There is no need to be anxious. He will lead you a step at a time. Respond to each step as He reveals it and act by faith. Counsel with Christian leaders (1 Samuel 3:1-10).
Begin serving faithfully where you are (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
Pray for guidance.
My Commitment
Dear Lord, thank you for providing a perfect plan for my life. I am committed to doing your will as you reveal it to me.
  September 2020  
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