CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!
As a result of your decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord, you are now a child of God (The Book of John chapter 1, verse 12 says: “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God”), and a brother/sister to other Christians.
There are several more things you need to understand:
- Eternal life is not something that we obtain only when we die physically. Eternal life is a present possession for every believer and goes on forever. It is an infinitely high quality of life in living fellowship with God – both now and forever.
- Being a Christian doesn’t mean a life lived on a bed of roses without any trials or difficulties. What it means is that God promises to be with us all the time (God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” – Book of Hebrews, chapter 13, verse 5), through thick and thin, giving us wisdom and strength in those difficult times, guiding and helping us on our journey in life.
(NB: Why does a loving God allow His children to go though trials and difficulties?
Thousands of years ago, precious metals like silver and gold were purified by heating them with fire until the raw metal melted. The impurities separated from the metal and rose to the surface where they were skimmed off. This process would then be repeated several times. Without this heating and melting, there could be no purifying. As the impurities were skimmed off, the reflection of the worker would then appear in the clear, pure surface of the purified metal.
In the same way, God allows us to go through the fires of adversity so that the impurities in our lives (for example self-centredness, cynicism, unforgiveness, judgmental spirit, etc) can be removed. As we are purified by God, His reflection in our lives will become more and more clear to those around us. God said in the Book of Isaiah chapter 48, verse 10: “I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.”)
- Just as we need physical food for physical growth, so we need spiritual food to grow spiritually. Reading the Bible and praying, which is actually communicating with God by talking to Him, and listening for His reply, are the ways to grow spiritually. It is also important to gather together with other Christians to share our faith, encourage and strengthen one another, and worship God. The growing process starts when we grow to reject the wrong things in our lives and embrace the fulfilling life that God has to offer, living life as though living for God
- God has also told us to tell this Good News to others simply because good news is meant to be shared and told.
These things are done in the hope of an eternal life spent in heaven with God and other Christians forever and ever. God bless you.
If you would like to know more about the Gift of Eternal Life or would like to worship with us, we encourage you to contact our Church Office.
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