North Grand Christian Church

Knowing Jesus 


Step One:
God's Purpose - Peace & Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life--abundant and eternal.

The Bible says...

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10

Why don't most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?




Step Two
The Problem: Our Separation

God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.

We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.

The Bible says...

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23



Our Attempts to Reach God:

People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God...

The Bible says...

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God...except one.




Step Three
God's Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

The Bible says...

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ." 1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God." 1 Peter 3:18

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.  



Step Four
Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.

The Bible says...

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and
he with me." Revelation 3:20

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12  

"Peter replied,'Repent & be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins & you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  Acts 2:38

Christ has made it possible to cross over to God's side, but we are not
automatically there.

A gift can be free, but unless we reach out our hand and take it, it is not ours.
Here's how we receive it:

  1. Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose from the grave. John 3:16
  2. Tell God of your sinfulness
  3. Be willing to turn from your sins & let God be in control
  4. Be baptized (by immersion) into Christ.  Acts 2:38



Where Are You At?

Maybe y
ou're where the man is in this picture?  Something is keeping you from taking Jesus Christ as your personal
Lord & Savior.

Unanswered questions or uncertainties, you don't want God to be in control, or maybe scared of what God expects of you.

Maybe you're where the woman is in this picture, ready to make Jesus Christ Lord & Savior of your life and truly know for sure that if you died today you would go to heaven, not hell.

1 John 5:13 says "I write these things to you  . . . so that you may know that you have eternal life."
You can know for sure!

Regardless of whether you’re where the man is or where the woman is, we want to help you make that next step in your spiritual journey with God.  

If you would like to make that next step in your spiritual journey with God, or if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 515-232-1060. 


North Grand Christian Church - 919 30th St. - Ames IA, 50010 - 515-232-1060 - Sunday Worship 10:15AM & Sunday School 9AM