Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
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I. A LIFE OF SURRENDER.
Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus loves you and died on a cruel cross so that you might experience the forgiveness of sin. Sin is too great a burden for us to carry all our lives. Jesus wants to forgive us and cleanse us of guilt and sin. To enjoy the Abundant Life, we have to come to Jesus, trust Him and receive His free gift of salvation.
Salvation is for anyone who will put their trust in the Lord Jesus by faith. This involves our surrender to Him as Lord of our lives. I encourage you not to fight against Him, but give Him the control of your life. Confess your sins and invite Him into your heart. The Bible says: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Jesus said, “….I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This is a promise for all who place their trust in Him.
II. LIFE OF SERVICE.
The life of surrender is the first step. Next, a Christian cannot truly experience an abundant life of joy and fulfillment until they become involved in a life of service to the Lord. “…he that taketh not his cross and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:38-39)
This simply means that once a person becomes a Christian, the Lord Jesus will give them a spiritual gift to use for God’s glory and to serve the body of believers in the church. This gift will be a source of joy and blessing for the new believer.
God’s love for you will not lead you astray. Some of the most joyless people I meet are Christians who are not involved in a life of service in the Kingdom of God, and walking in His will. How can you discover your spiritual gift and begin to serve the Lord? First, pray and ask the Lord Jesus to show you what His will is for you. Second, get involved in a Bible believing, soul-winning church and ask God and your Pastor to help you discover your spiritual gift. Immediately you will begin to discover the joy of the abundant life through service to your Lord.
III. A SEPARATED LIFE.
Now some may say, “I knew it; I have to give up everything.” No, not everything, only those things God knows will harm you. Would a loving parent allow a small child to play with a loaded gun? Of course not! Why, because the parent is mean and restrictive? No, but because the parent loves the child and does not want any harm to come to them.
Our Lord Jesus loves us the same way, but even more so. He has saved us and called us to be separated from sin in this world. He says in 2 Corinthians 6:17: “Come out from among them and be separate…” God knows sin will bring harm to our lives and rob us of His joy. He wants you to have every good and perfect gift. This is part of His loving nature and plan for you. The Bible tells us that He will not withhold any good thing from us.
IV. A LIFE OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH.
Next, the abundant Christian life involves a life of spiritual growth. Wouldn’t it be sad to see a grown man living and acting like a two-year-old baby? It is just as sad when a person has been a Christian for many years but hasn’t grown in faith and love. Those who say they worship God but never become part of a local church, demonstrate a lack of spiritual maturity. The church is the body of Christ. We are to worship, fellowship, and serve the Lord together through the local church (Hebrews 10:25). However the Abundant Life involves more than going to church. It is comprised of several steps in your spiritual growth:
A. BIBLE STUDY.
To grow in spiritual maturity, we need a daily diet of God’s Holy Word. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that ye may grow by it.” (1Peter 2:2) Everyday spend some time in the Word of God.
This will enable you to develop a close, intimate fellowship with the Lord Jesus. 1st Thessalonians 5:18 says: “Pray without ceasing”. Pray every day!
C. SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH OTHERS.
This should begin from the moment you receive Christ, not years later. Simply tell someone else the great things God has done for you. “He that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30) Who would you like to see go to heaven?
V. A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE.
Lastly, the abundant Christian life leads us daily to seek God’s will for our life and be led by His Holy Spirit. It is amazing how many miss the joy of the Spirit-filled life. They may be saved but they don’t know the joy of walking in sweet fellowship with the Lord each day. How sad so many miss the greatest benefit about being “saved”. We know Him through His Word and the Holy Spirit who abides within us. To be led by the Spirit of God means to live and serve in the power of God (Romans: 8:14). We come to understand His will for our lives by the leading of His Spirit. You will fall in love with the Lord Jesus more each day and comprehend His love and will for you by the Holy Spirit’s filling. (Romans 8:15-17)
How can you be filled with the Spirit? By Faith! Simply ASK Him to fill you. He will bless your life and begin to lead you in His divine will. You will enjoy His presence and sense your relationship deepen each day as you walk with Him. God loves YOU and wants you to live and enjoy an Abundant Christian Life. John 10:10
How can you know of the abundant life that God has for you?
First ask this question: If I was to stand before the Lord right now, and He asks:
“Why should I let you into Heaven?” What would be your answer?
To say you are a church member or a good person will not be enough. You will fall pitifully short. READ ON…
1. GOD SO LOVES YOU:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (that means you) believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” He has not withheld his only Son from us that we might have the forgiveness of sins.
2. WE ALL ARE SINNERS:
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
To be saved, realize that you have not met God’s holy, perfect standard of what good is; only Jesus did that.
3. REPENTANCE IS REQUIRED:
Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out.” John the Baptist said, “Bring forth fruits meet (acceptable) for repentance.” To say we accept the Lord but are not willing to turn and forsake our sin, will not result in salvation.
4. FAITH IS NEEDED:
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith…” Faith is simply trusting God to do what He has promised. Jesus has paid the price for our sins with His own blood. There is no work that you or I can do that would ever be ‘good’ enough. Believe in Jesus and accept His finished work of salvation as a free gift.
5. CONFESSION IS NECESSARY:
Romans 10:9 “That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you WILL BE SAVED!”
6. YOUR INVITATION:
Romans 10:10,13 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW, PRAY THE PRAYER BELOW:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe you died for me. I now ask you to forgive me for my sins. I turn from my sins. Please come into my heart, and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen.”
DO YOU DESIRE TO PRAY THIS PRAYER? THEN FROM YOUR HEART JUST PRAY IT NOW OR USE YOUR OWN WORDS! "...for whosoever (that's you) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Please contact us and let us know of your decision for Christ (when you have asked the Lord in prayer to save you) and request information to begin your new life with Him. We look forward to hearing from you.
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