“Are You Born Again”

The Greatest Gift of All

The Greatest Gift of All

Having a Great time with God as I prepare for trip to Africa. Just felt like sharing this with anyone who will read! Don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or comments! God Bless ! Have a Great snow day!

Gary L. Crawford  417-529-9569 or E-mail    gary@crawfordandcomusic.com



God’s Plan of Salvation

God created us because He wanted a special relationship with us. Every day He provides for us so many things that we take for granted, like the air we breathe, our daily food and drink, our loved ones, and much more.  We take these things for granted because we don’t really know God. God is calling you right now to stop living in ignorance of Him, to come close to Him and know Him. Jesus has changed my life.  Now you also can have a new relationship with God and receive all of the blessings He has for you. (Acts 17:28-29)

  1. Here is how we can receive God’s gift of Life through Jesus.
    1. What does sin do in our life?

(Isaiah 59:2)  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

    1. People try many different ways to find God, yet they fail.  Why?

(Ephesians 2:8-9)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    1. How does God bring us into relationship with Himself?

(1 Peter 3:18)  18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened (give or restore life to) by the Spirit:

  1. The way of salvation is simple    (Salvation vs. Born Again)
    1. Jesus’ saving work for us + trusting Him + turning from our ways to Him = salvation

Salvation: deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.

Born: existing as a result of birth of Flesh               Born Again:  Second Birth of Spirit

So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved! 10 Belief begins in the heart and leads to a life that’s right with God; confession departs from our lips and brings eternal salvation.

Belief:  trust, faith, or confidence in someone (Brings LIFE)

Confession: a formal admission of one’s sins with repentance and desire of absolution( brings eternal Salvation.

Has God done His part (Jesus’ death and resurrection)?

_____Yes _____No

Have you done what you need to do (believe and repent)?

______Yes _____No

If you have “believed,” then you are saved (Romans 10:9-10)!

So if you believe deep in your heart that God raised Jesus from the pit of death and if you voice your allegiance by confessing the truth that “Jesus is Lord,” then you will be saved!

    1. What does Jesus promise to those who follow Him?

(John 10:28)

    1. Eternal life means more than just living forever with God. It also means that God’s Spirit now lives within us, teaching us about Him and enabling us to live a life of holiness, love, peace and joy.  Revelation 3:20;20 lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and may open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Galatians 5:22-23 22 And the fruit of the Spirit is: Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith,23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law;
    1. The Prayer of salvation – There’s nothing magical in the words to this prayer, but if you believe it in your heart, God will hear your prayer and welcome you into His family.

“Dear God, I know that I have sinned, and that my sin has separated me from You. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my way of life toward You. Please forgive me, and save me. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was raised from the dead, is alive today, and hears my prayer. Jesus, I invite you to become the Lord of my life from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

  1. Your response.

Do you know you have been saved? ______Yes _____No

Do you know you have received eternal life? _____Yes _____No

Conclusion:     ___I have been saved      ___I have not been saved       ___I still don’t know

  1. If anyone is in Christ, he is a ________________, the old _________________, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Here are some of the changes you can expect to experience in your new life.

____inner peace _____awareness of sin

____awareness of God’s love ____ability to overcome sin

____desire to read the Bible ____concern for others

____feeling that my life is moving in the right direction

  1. When you sin in the future, what should you do?

(1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  1. Please joyfully fill in your spiritual “birth certificate.”

On  ______(year) _______(month) ____(day), I received Jesus into my heart to be my Savior and Lord. He forgave my sin, and gave me a completely new direction for my life. Now I have become a child of God and a new creation. I have begun a new life.


  1. Memorize Bible verse.

“He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son, does not have life,” 1 John 5:12.

  1. When you receive this great salvation, your life is full of joy and peace!  The first thing that you should do is to share this good news with those you care most about. Ask God to show you five people with whom you can share all that you have learned today. Then train those five to share and train others.  In the following weeks we can meet together to encourage one another as we share what Jesus has done in our lives.
  2. “I’ll Just Rest Here”   written by Gary L. Crawford  performed by Canaan Bound.

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