THE WAY TO GOD

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

I have got one hope of going to Heaven. It’s only one. Jesus died for me. But the good news is Jesus died for you. But it  doesn’t mean you are going to go to Heaven until you come to the place that you accept God’s plan for your life. And accept that you have sinned, and realise your only hope is what Jesus did for you. I would urge you to pray this prayer, wherever you are. Pray it right now.

Lord Jesus, I need you. I want you. I know I’m a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. Wash my sins away by Jesus’ blood. I welcome your Holy Spirit into my heart. As best as I know how, I give you my life.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you’re ready, you’re saved. Don’t be ashamed. Tell someone that you’ve prayed that prayer. And know this is the way you go to Heaven. And if you’ve just prayed that prayer for the first time that means you’ve just been born again. Happy Birthday.

 

Did you pray this prayer?

Hello and congratulations on becoming part of the family of God.  We, at Kensington Temple, are so excited to connect with you to take you forward in your new journey.

Starting my Journey – Common Questions 

Why should I become a ‘Christian?’

All of humanity is guilty of sin. The Bible shows in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 

In our own lives, we find that we do things that are wrong and displeasing. We can also say things that are not honourable and kind. Even our mind can become a war zone sometimes, we have lots of unhealthy thoughts that we consider and entertain. This all occurs due to the  fall of humanity, whereby everyone was condemned to spending eternity separated from God. But God has given us the greatest gift ever to all of humanity – His perfect Son – Jesus Christ.

The most quoted Bible verse is found in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

True love always gives, and God loves you so much that He willingly sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you sins. Your life is redeemed upon accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. When that happens, you will receive the gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him.

What does becoming ‘born again’ or ‘saved’ mean?
Everyone needs help in life. There are issues and challenges in our daily lives that Jesus has the power to deliver us from – forever!

When you become ‘born again’ or ‘saved’ – you are set free from the enemy, delivered from the dire consequences of your own sin, protected from evil and eternal death. When we believe in Jesus Christ, He saves us from judgement and gives us access to live with Him in eternity.

The Bible tells us in John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

In the world today, so many people, organisations and groups of people claim to have the answer to life. They present their version of truth as the correct and only version. The Bible shows us the value and benefit of becoming ‘born again’ or ‘saved’

Romans 10:9 “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 

What does praying to God achieve?
Praying is our primary line of communication to God. This is our way to share our heart with Him and it gives us daily opportunities to proactively engage in conversation with Him. It’s about establishing a relationship with Him built on faith and trust in Him. It is dialogue, not monologue as He also wants to speak to us. The creator of Heaven and earth is interested in speaking with you each and every day.

Praying guarantees that you can maintain your relationship with God and it helps you come fully alive to His plan and purposes for your life. We have an open-ended invitation from God found in Jeremiah 33:3a “Call to me and I will answer you…”

There is also tremendous power in prayer. We can ask God for things – needs and desires in our lives. The best part is God already knows our needs of our hearts before we even know; but He wants to hear from us. Every time we pray, we find ourselves drawing ever closer to Him.

We discover a great promise in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

As we grow as a believer and spend more time with Him in prayer, our confidence in Him, in His Word, and in His plan for our lives increases. We see that He is good and faithful. He longs to meet our needs and we can take great courage that each time we prayer, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 says “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

 

What is Water Baptism and Why is it so Important?
If you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, His first commandment to you is to be water baptised.

The last commandment Jesus gave His disciples is found in Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Getting water baptised is your first step of obedience in your new journey with Jesus. It is a healthy and intentional step into your discipleship as a believer. In time, you will discover how to obey all His commandments and follow His perfect example for the rest of your life!

Water Baptism is very important and Jesus purposefully chose to do this Himself. Luke 3:21-22 shows us this “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

If the Son of God believed in water baptism, we should also!

Water Baptism is a deeply impactful and significant event. As we go into the water, the ‘old self’ is left there and as we rise out of the water, spiritually speaking, our ‘new self’ in Christ emerges. We immediately begin aligning ourselves with Jesus and identifying with Him. Basically, as we are fully immersed in the water, it symbolically marks the burial of our old and sinful life. Then, we are raised up to a victorious new life in Christ! How awesome is that?

Galatians 2:20 declares “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

 

 When Should I Get Water Baptised?
The Bible gives example after example of people getting water baptised as soon as they could after they had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. There is no reason to wait! In the Book of Acts there are examples of new believers getting water baptised the same day!

Does it have to be full immersion?
Ultimately, yes. The core consideration for this is that only full immersion can fully symbolise burial. You are burying your old self in that watery grave of sin. The New Testament word for baptism means to ‘immerse.’ We must follow God’s Word fully here.

Colossians 2:12 states “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

 

Some Things to Remember about Water Baptism.
Some Church ministries teach that water baptism saves you. This is not the case. You have already made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ prior to you being water baptised. You are saved by grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-10).

  1. Water Baptism is a symbolic event that reflects your conscience desiring to be clean. Peter informs us in 1 Peter 3:21 “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
  2. Baptism is your public declaration of your faith in Jesus. We encourage you to invite your family and friends along, so they can hear your testimony of all that Jesus has done for you.

Baptism takes place at 2.30 service on the last Sunday of each month.

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