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Maybe you always thought you were a Christian, but today something different happened: today you made a personal decision for Jesus. Or maybe Christianity was new to you until recently. Whatever your situation, you realized you wanted and needed Jesus Christ, so you asked him to be Lord of your life. Congratulations – The angels in heaven are rejoicing, and so are we! This is no ordinary day!

...there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:10)

The Bible tells us that we receive the gift of salvation when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior:

... 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)

Jesus was who he was and did what he did to give you new, abundant life. Yes, he died on the cross and rose from the dead to bring you eternal life, but he wants you to have so much more right now. You are no longer separated from God: now you can live your life with him. No matter what you’ve done in the past, God receives you with open arms and wants a relationship with you now, just as you are. We encourage you to grow as a believer in Christ and continue developing your new relationship with God.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? 

  1. Start reading the Bible (see below). If you don’t have a Bible, we would love to give you one! Just stop by The Hub (our Information Desk) during one of the weekend services and we'll be happy to give you a free Bible.
  2. Pray! Most people think prayer is really complicated and needs to sound a certain way. But it doesn’t matter what it sounds like; just talk to God the way you would anybody else you love and who loves and cares for you.
  3. Start hanging out with other people who have asked Christ to be Lord of their lives. Woodland Hills and other churches have all sorts of options you can check out in addition to weekend services. Our bulletin is a great place to start looking if you’re interested in plugging in here.
  4. Consider getting connected with The Refuge, Discover Jesus or in a Covenant Group.

 

                              From Rev.Dr. Rauf Sabir

                              Founder and Chairman
                              River of God Ministries Pakistan

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