God is real.
There is life after death.
You are here for a purpose.
Have you been asking questions like:
Why am I here?
What happens when I die?
What's the purpose to life?
Is there a Heaven and a Hell?
Is there really a God?
If so, where is he?
Can I talk to him?
Will he talk to me?
Does God really care about me?
If you are asking these questions, you're not alone.
In every age, in every century, people want to know
the answers to life and the existence of God.
And guess what? Questions about why you're here
and whether there's a God who cares about you are
good... because when you ask, you can begin to
So, why are we here, anyway?
At some point in life, we all have a wakeup call of some
kind. It may be a health scare, or a trip to the hospital, or
the death of a loved one, or a financial crisis... But when
the crisis hits, we look at our lives and wonder...
What am I doing with my life?
Is this what I'm supposed to be doing?
Isn't there something more out there for me?
The answer is yes-there is something more. There is a
spiritual world beyond this one. There is a God who cares
about you and has given you a purpose to fulfill on this
earth. Your life absolutely matters. Genesis 1, John 1:1-5,
Why Jesus? Aren't there other paths to God?
The world is filled with religions, with spiritual paths, with
various philosophies... And many of them share some
But Jesus is different.
In all the other religions and philosophies of the world,
human beings have to somehow be good enough to get
God to like them. They have to work hard, or do good
works, or achieve enlightenment in order to earn their way
But like the story above points out, none of us can get to
God on our own. You see, our own nature betrays us. No
matter how good we try to be, there are always ways that
we slip up. No matter how good we are, there's always at
least a little "bad" inside us too. And since God is all
good (without any bad in him), we can never be good
enough on our own to match up to him.
So that's why God has made the move toward us. That's
why he sent his only son, Jesus, to us. Because we
couldn't come to him, he came to us. Because he loves
No other religion or philosophy in the world admits what
we know in our hearts... that we fall short of the mark of
perfection all the time. And that if we as imperfect
creatures want to come into the presence of God, who is
perfect, it's going to have to be with his help.
Jesus gave us that help by paying on the cross for our
sins, our mistakes, our imperfections, our tendencies to
do the wrong thing... He died for us. He was raised from
the dead for us. He's in heaven praying for us and
speaking to us and sending his power to us to bring good
things into our lives.
That's why Jesus is the only way to God. Because he's the
son of God-born of God and having God's nature in
him-he's the only one who could bridge the gap between
imperfect, sinning people and a perfect, sinless God.
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-4,
Acts 4:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
What does "salvation" mean? And why does
Picture yourself taking a walk one day in a lonely place
that you've never been to before-perhaps a forest, or a
mountainous area, or even a desert place.
You plan to take a short hike, enjoy nature, and then go
home. At some point, you wander off the path... And
before you know it, you're completely lost. You have no
idea where you are, and no idea how to get back to safety.
Not only that... You also have no compass, no map, no
one to help you, no food, no water... All you can do is
sink to the ground and hope that someone comes to find
you and help you get safely back home.
That's what God has done for you and me. We were lost
and separated from him because of sin... the wrongdoing
that we all do, and which is so foreign to a God who is all
light and love and goodness. We had no way of coming
back home to him. We were helpless on our own. Even all
our best human efforts to be good, do the right thing, and
find our way to him fail us. We just can't be "good
enough" on our own to get back home to God.
But God loves us. And what we can't do, he can. So he
came to us. He came to us in the form of Jesus, His Son,
born into a human body so he could connect with us and
give his life for us. Jesus is the roadmap that leads us
back to God and to heaven, our home.
The only thing we have to do is decide. We choose. Are
we going to take the one true roadmap to God? Or are we
going to keep wandering around lost in the wilderness,
pretending we can get out of it on our own?
Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, John 3:16-17, John 14:2
So, what do I do now?
Well, if you are seeking God and want him in your life... if
you want answers... if you want his help... then it's time to
It really is that simple.
You don't have to say a fancy prayer. You can talk to
God just like you talk to your friends. Let him know what
you need. If you want him to show you he's real, then ask
him to do that. If you have questions, then let him know
your questions and ask him to give you the answers, the
truth, that you're looking for.
And if you're ready to ask him into your life, you can say
this simple prayer from your heart out loud right now:
God, I need you in my life. I want to know who you
really are. I want to know my own purpose for being
here on earth, and I want to be the person you have
created me to be.
Right now, I invite Jesus into my heart to be the one who
saves me from all my sin and mistakes and the wrong
path I've been on. I invite Jesus into my heart to be the
one who rules over my life from now on. Be the center of
my life, Jesus.
Teach me what it is to know you and serve you. Help me
to be more like you want me to be every day, and teach
me how to live life for you... always and all the time. I
open my heart to your love and your truth and your
power right now.
Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:30-31, Ephesians 2:8-9, John
1:12-14, 2 Corinthians 5:17