HOW TO KNOW GOD 
 
The Problem – SIN
 
There is a huge gap that separates us all from God and from each other.  
 
It is called SIN.  Sin is an inherited condition.  All human beings sin (living in ways that opposes God’s ways).  We feel the full effects of sin in the world, and we feel the separation it causes.  A restored relationship with God is not automatic.  You are separated from Him by sin, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
 
The Answer – THE CROSS
 
God’s love bridges the gap of separation between God and You.  When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave, it was to pay the penalty for your sins.  The Bible says: “He personally carried the load of our sins in His own body when He died on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24).
 
WHAT MUST I DO TO BRIDGE THE GAP?
 
Jesus is the bridge!  The separation between you and God is repaired when you receive Christ.  He is personally inviting you to do that.  The Bible reminds us that “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).  And there’s more Good News!  God can help you repair other relationships, too.
 
He’s a Great Bridge Builder!
To begin a personal relationship with God and to experience His peace, here is a good starting place:
 
1.  Acknowledge your need for forgiveness.  Be honest to say “I have done wrong things, living on my own terms, and I need God’s forgiveness”
2.  Repent of your sins.  That means turn around and go the other way.  God’s way.
3.  Believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised him to life again.
4.  Give control of your life to Jesus.  That’s how you make him, “Lord.”  The bible says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”       (Romans 10:13).
 
Here is a suggested prayer – read it first and then pray it out loud from your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner.  I need forgiveness.  I believe you died for my sins.  I want to turn from my sins and invite you, right now, into my heart.  Make me new.  I want to trust and follow You as my own Lord and Savior.
  In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Did you pray the prayer?   YES I DID!