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by Michael Meszaros

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Would you like to:

  1. I would like to become a Christian.
  2. I have questions that I would like to talk about or, I just want some more information and I'm not sure what to ask (click here for information on Alpha Groups fun discussion groups that go through different topics about God).
  3. I am a Christian and I want to get closer to God. How do I do that? Christian goals at a glance.

What do I believe?

In the simplest form, I am a Christian and I believe the Bible. But then again, what do Christians believe and what does the Bible say? To answer these questions, I have put together the following nuggets of information for you (table of contents above).

God is...

God is one Being of Three Persons, namely, the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. God is all powerful, everywhere and all knowing. Any human can know God as a close friend if you ask Him into your heart and submit your life to following His ways.

Bible references:
Deut. 6:4,
Mark 12:29
"Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one Lord." (Though there are three persons, they are one God);
Matt. 28:19,
Mark 1:9-11
God is three persons: the "Father, Son and Holy Ghost";
Isaiah 43:10,11 "before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me";
John 1:3 "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (i.e., 1. God is a separate being from his creation & 2. God created everything)
Hebrews 1:8,
Hebrews 13:8, &
Rev. 1:17
"Jesus is God (and thus is one of the three persons in the unity of God)"

The following simplifies it all:

1 John 2:23 “…anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

In other words, by simply accepting Jesus into your heart as your God, you receive the Father too (1 John 2:23), you become adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15), and you receive eternal life (John 3:16).

I would like to give you an opportunity to accept Jesus into your heart too. Click here.

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How true is the Bible?

The Bible is true enough to believe every principle, follow every instruction and live your life by it (and there are many proofs). The Bible is inspired by God as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16.

The Bible, which is God's revelation to man about Himself, is the ultimate authority from which to measure all experiences and truths about God against (i.e., the Bible provides the authority for correction and instruction in God's ways [2 Timothy 3:16]) .

Bible references:
Hebrews 13:8 "the truths about God in the Bible will NOT change";
John 5:20 "he who believes in Jesus will do greater works than Jesus (i.e., though "who God is" will not change, what God does may be new. This verse shows that God's works are not limited to those that happened in the Bible.);
2 Timothy 3:16 "all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness." (The Bible is our best and the highest reference that we can count on.)

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Worksheet Questions
Worksheet - Bible verses in full (answers)

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How does one get into heaven?

When you ask Jesus to come into your heart to be the Lord of your life, you will have what you need to go to heaven [1 John 5:10,11,13].
One gets into heaven by having God living inside you. To have God come inside you, all you need to do is to ask Jesus Christ in. The page "I would like to ask Jesus into my heart" provides you with more details
For those who are technically minded, describing it in other words, faith in Jesus is the only way to have God inside you [John 3:16-18; John 14:23]. In theological terms, faith in Jesus requires two events. One, God must draw you (John 6:44 "No man can come to Jesus except the Father draw him"). If you are interested in Him, He is most likely drawing you. Two, you must believe on Jesus in your heart such that you can

  1. state that Jesus is God,
  2. ask him to be Lord in your life, and
  3. repent of your sins towards him.
[Romans 10:9 "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved"; Mark 1:15 & Acts 3:19 "repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out".]
Bible references:
John 6:30 "this is the will of God, that everyone who sees Jesus and believes on him will have eternal life".
John 14:6 "Jesus is the only way to the Father";
John 14:23 "Jesus said, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father (God) will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
Ephesians 2:8 "you are saved by God's grace. You obtained his grace by believing in him. Your belief in him was not even from yourself but was a gift from God. No one is saved by their works so that no one can boast."; (We can not be saved by our own merit.)
Matt. 10:32 "he who confesses Jesus before men, him will Jesus confess before the Father who is in heaven";

I would like to know for sure that I am going to heaven and so "I would like to ask Jesus into my heart" (click here for more information).

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Loving God means ...

After we ask Jesus into our heart, we begin loving Him and living for Him. Loving Jesus means that we make the things that please God more important in our lives than what our human nature desires. As we do that, we find that God is pleased with us and blesses us and makes us happy. So, it is really worth giving our all for him.

Jesus says that "if you love me you will keep my commandments" [John 14:15] John supports this by saying, "for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." [1 John 5:3].

Loving God is a choice throughout your whole life. If, by choice or ignorance, we do not keep God's commandments, we will not continue to be in his favour [Hebrews 12:6 "whom the Lord loves he corrects by suffering"; Joshua 24:19-20 "God is an holy God; he is a jealous God;... if you forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good."]

He does however search for us to bring us back to loving Him. [Ezekiel 33:11 God says, "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?"; Deut. 30:1-10, Moses says, "when you return to the LORD your God and will obey his voice, and keep his commandments and statutes,... with all your heart, and with all your soul,... then the LORD will have compassion on you,... he will do you good,... and he will make you plenteous in every work of your hand... for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good".] Hopefully, from these you can see that we are talking about a relationship with God.

Bible references:
John 15:10 "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.";
Luke 9:23 "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.";
Exodus 20:3-17 Some of God's commandments are the 10 commandments which are:
  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make any graven images. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
  10. Thou shalt not covet they neighbour’s house, wife, possessions, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Mark 13:13 "he that will endure to the end, the same will be saved";
Loving God is the greatest, most rewarding thing in my whole life. The more I do the things that He is happy with, the happier my life becomes.

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Water Baptism

Water baptism is being dipped under water in the name of God. The Bible says for all believers to be baptized in water.

Jesus, who is our example, was baptized in water (Mark 1:9) .

When we ask Jesus to come into our heart, we spiritually die to our old sin-filled nature and become a new creature in Jesus. Water baptism symbolizes this dying to our old nature (by being buried under the water) and this rising again with Christ (by coming up out of the water) [Rom.6:4; Col. 2:12]. Water baptism occurs after giving one's life to Christ.

Bible references:
Matt. 28:19 "he that believes and is baptized will be saved";
Mark 16:16 "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.";
Acts 2:38 "repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost".
Colossians 2:12 "buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."

I was baptized as a child: is that the same? Infant baptism is essentially a dedication of the baby to God by the parents since the baby hasn't made it's own choice to follow God yet. Jesus' parents dedicated him when he was a baby [Luke 2:22]. Then Jesus was also baptized in water when he was older [Mark 1:9] .

I would like to get baptized in water (click here for more information).

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

An additional pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the believer's life for the power to witness.

Jesus, who is our example, had an experience of the Holy Spirit coming upon him (Mark 1:10) .

Bible references:
Acts 1:8 "you will receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you will be witnesses of Jesus throughout the earth";
Acts 2:4 & Acts 10:44 "they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues";
Acts 19:6 "when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them: and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied."

I would like to get baptized in the Holy Spirit (click here for more information).

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Reading the Bible

Once you have asked Jesus into your life, you really need to read the Bible every day. Reading the Bible daily will keep you close with God. Bible reading feeds and livens your spirit, strengthens you against wrongs and brings you blessings from God.

Bible reading is our indicator of our relationship with God. For example, if we stop reading the Bible, we will start getting farther and farther away from God, in some cases irrepairably far. To prevent that, if we don't feel like reading the Bible, we know that something is wrong and that is the time to read more than ever. Such feelings are a warning flag that we have not been reading enough since when we read enough, we never gets feelings of distancing ourself from the Bible (which is God's word).

"I am a Christian and I want to get closer to God. How do I do that?" Christian goals at a glance (10 year plan + benefits from Bible reading to watch for in your life).

"Bible reading? What's a Bible?" (Bible Q & A sheet)

Bible references:
Ps. 1:2-3 "blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night ... whatsoever he does will prosper.";
Deut 17: 19-20 & Joshua 1:8 "thou shalt meditate on this book of the law day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

Receive a chapter of the Bible by email ...with maps and dates inserted!

I would like a Bible (click here for more information).

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Church attendance

Worshipping God with other Christians, hearing Biblical teaching and talking about God with other Christians is an essential part of our Christian walk.

Jesus, our example, went to church every Saturday.

Bible references:
Hebrews 10:24-25 "let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but enc urage one another to love and good works";
Isaiah 66:23 "from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before me, saith the Lord.";
Luke 4:16 & Luke 23:56 "Jesus' custom was to go into the synagogue on the Sabbath day"

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Things that please God

The following are some examples of things God really likes:

  1. the things noted above (asking Jesus into your heart, daily Bible reading, attending church, baptism in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit, etc.)
  2. prayer (Daniel 9:23 The angel said, "At the beginning of your prayer, the command went out and I was sent to show you the answer.").
  3. giving money to the poor (Acts 10:4 Cornelius’ prayers and his alms were what touched God's heart to give Cornelius a wonderful gift”; Pr. 19:17 "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.")
  4. resting from Friday night to Saturday night (Isaiah 58:13-14 "...if you don’t do your pleasure on the Sabbath but make it a holy day and honor God, you will delight yourself in God and He will put you on the high places of the earth and feed you from great riches.").
  5. be open to your family (Isaiah 58:7 "...if you don’t hide yourself from your own flesh, i.e., your family, (plus a few other things) ... then your light will break forth as the morning and your health will spring forth speedily (and you’ll receive a few other blessings).").
  6. confess your sins to Jesus (1 John 1:9 "...if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.")
  7. lead others to faith in Jesus (Matt. 28:19-20 "Go and teach all nations to observe the things that Jesus commanded"; John 4:32 "...doing God’s Will, i.e., leading others to belief in Jesus, will be a strength to you").

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