To Live is Christ. What if that is the whole deal in a nutshell? The apostle makes that Statement in his letter to the Philippians. He says that to live is Christ and to die is gain. So I ask again, what if that were true? What if the life you are most wanting for is found in Christ Himself?
That reality is our quest and the fullness of what it means to walk with God. If you have no idea where you stand with Christ, here is a real simple explanation. Jesus invited us to follow Him. He said He came to give us life. The inference is that our current way of life will not lead us there. So He came and died and rose again that we might receive His death as our own and find what we have been looking for all along.
“Delight yourself IN THE LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” –Psalm 37:4
However, Christ doesn’t force us. He invites us. Each person must make their own confession of their own faith. In a nutshell here is what it might look like:
You are welcome to follow these steps. But it is not about the words but the intent of your heart as you seek God and place your faith in Christ. Please know that Port City Community Church is committed to helping you walk with God. If you receive Christ, please let us know; so we can get you connected in an environment that will help you grow. If you do not, please know that we are committed to walking with you through that process, and you are welcome to contact us for additional info or just for a place to process what you are thinking. Please consider attending a Starting Point group, which is a great place to ask any questions you may have about God and a relationship with Christ.
Again, here is the heart of the matter:
Admit Your Need for Christ
The Bible teaches that we were created by God and for God (Colossians 1:16). Namely to show His character and splendor to the world. Yet, we have failed to do this. The Bible calls this sin.
The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay, says the LORD. For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me’the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” –Jeremiah 2:12-13
“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” –Romans 3:23
You may be able to list some of the sins you feel you have committed. There may be things that God defines as sin that you don’t really see as a big deal. For some’sin had plagued you with massive guilt or a hardened heart. For others, you just write it off as the way you are. Sin is more than a list of bad things we have done. It is refusing to trust and embrace the life that God has created for you.
This is the bad news. The good news is that God refuses to give up on His intended purpose for His creation.
Accept Christ’s Sacrifice for You
This is simply an act of FAITH. Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave in order to make us right before God once again. We must simply receive that fact by faith.
“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.” –Romans 3:22
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Arrange Your Life to Walk with Him Daily
This is the heart of the PC3 Mission. Placing your faith in Christ is the launching point for life. The Bible teaches us that Christ is life, and walking with God is simply the pursuit of that truth. Psalm 119:5 says, “Oh that my ways may be established in order to keep your commands.” He’s given us commands to give us life.
Jesus isn’t just interested in giving you a “spot” in heaven. He’s interested in you fulfilling the purpose you were created for.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” -John 10:10
We are honored to help you walk by providing you a place to grow. If you are unsure about your salvation or Christ’s place in your life, we would be honored to speak to you further. You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer expressing your desire to God. Below is a sample (you can say this one or simply use your own words):
“Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and loving me, even when I’ve ignored you and gone my own way. I realize I need you in my life, and I’m sorry for my sins. I ask you to forgive me. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please help me to understand it more. As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. I accept your gift of salvation. Please help me to grow and walk with You each day.”
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
We echo Paul’s prayer (Colossians 1:9-12) for you:
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.2 Timothy 1:9
If you have made the decision to follow Jesus or still have questions, then we would love to talk! Stop by one of our PC3 locations this Sunday, call us at 910.202.8800 or email us. We want to come along side you and help you take your next step in following Jesus.