Salvation through Jesus Christ
What is God's Plan for my life?
1. God does have great plans for your life!
We were created by God, in His image, for a purpose. Just as God set apart from birth Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5) and Paul (Galatians 1:15) for a specific purpose, he also has a specific plan for your life. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declared the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (Jeremiah 29:11). The Bible says that God's will is "good, pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:2).
2. God's will, first and foremost, is that we have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
3. God wants us to be Christ's disciples.
This means Christians must be committed to following God's will daily, whatever the cost.
"If anyone would come to me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
4. The Bible will help us to know God's will.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).
5. God promises to give us wisdom if we just ask Him in prayer, believing that He will give it.
Sometimes we need to just ask God to give us wisdom to discern His will.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5).
In Philippians 4:6, God tells us that we can pray about everything.
6. God has given us the Holy Spirit for guidance.
"...when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth..." (John 16:13a).
7. We should listen to the advice of godly men and women that God has placed in our lives.
Many times the advice of a parent, pastor, youth minister, Sunday School teacher or other mature person is just what we need to hear to help us decide what God wants us to do.
"The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (Proverbs 12:15).
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed" (Proverbs 15:22).
8. The Bible says that there is a peace that comes when we are pleasing God with our lives.
When deciding between two alternatives that you have been praying about, sometimes one of the options will give you a greater peace. That option is probably God's will.
"The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever" (Isaiah 32:17).
9. We should trust God in faith that He will accomplish His will in our lives.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).
10. God has given each of us gifts and abilities to use in His service.
God always equips us to do what he calls us to do. If you aren't gifted in a certain area, God is probably not calling you to minister in that area. (see Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and Ephesians 4:11-13 for lists of spiritual gifts and a discussion of them.)
Remember that God's ultimate purpose for all of us is that He would be glorified (1 Corinthians 10:31) and that the gospel and God's kingdom would be advanced (Genesis 50:20 and Philippians 1:12).
This material was found at ChristianAnswers.net
Question: "Do you have eternal life?"
Answer: The Bible presents a clear path to eternal life. First, we must recognize that we have sinned against God: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We have all done things that are displeasing to God, which makes us deserving of punishment. Since all our sins are ultimately against an eternal God, only an eternal punishment is sufficient. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
However, Jesus Christ, the sinless (1 Peter 2:22), eternal Son of God became a man (John 1:1,14) and died to pay our penalty. "God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ died on the cross (John 19:31-42), taking the punishment that we deserve (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three days later He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His victory over sin and death. "In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
By faith, we must turn away from our sin and turn to Christ for salvation (Acts 3:19). If we place our faith in Him, trusting His death on the cross to pay for our sins, we will be forgiven and receive the promise of eternal life in heaven.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Faith alone in the finished work of Christ on the cross is the only true path to eternal life!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation.
"God, I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I turn away from my sin and place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life! Amen!"
Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please contact Toni Singer at 763-413-7210 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will answer any questions and assist you taking the next steps in your new relationship with Jesus.
So "What's Next" for me at Horizons if I choose to make this my new church home?
Please take some time to explore the many different ways below in which you can get involved here at Horizons. In order for this place to really feel like home, you need to get involved! Sitting on the sidelines and simply coming on Sunday mornings is not going to result in you finding what you're looking for in a church. It takes a commitment to get involved in at least one area! By getting involved you will start to build those relationships that you long for. You will also start to feel a sense of purpose for your life as God starts to use you in many significant ways.
These are your Next Steps in no particular order. Just click on the appropriate link on the menu to the left for more information.
Membership at Horizons Church
One of the most important things you'll do in your lifetime is to make the commitment to your local church. If you choose to become a member of the Horizons family, you'll be on track to being transformed into an authentic Christ-follower, much more than just a person who believes in God. Your faith will influence everything from what you think to the decisions you make. In addition, you will become a partner in Horizons mission: to creatively connect people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
HC membership requirements:
- Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Participate in baptism by immersion if you have not already done so.
- Spend time reviewing our Statement of Faith, Lifestyle Statement, and Membership Covenant.
- Complete “Membership Application" at the bottom of this page
- Complete the membership interview with our Management Leadership Team (church leaders) which is held the last Sunday of each month and sign the membership covenant. The membership covenant requires a number of things, but mainly confirms that members are committed to the giving of their time (volunteering), talent (doing what you're good at) and treasure (giving financially).
- Contact Toni Singer for more information or assistance in registering. 763-413-7210 ext. 104 or email@example.com
Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey
Learn God’s way of handling money with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. The average turnaround is $8,000 in just the first three months.
What you will learn:
- Relating to money and how to save it
- Create a spending plan that really works
- How to get out of debt
- The role of insurance
- Retirement and college planning
- Real estate and mortgages
- And much more!
This is a life changing opportunity that you won't want to miss! Everyone that's taken it at Horizons is seeing massive change in their financial situations. Even if you're doing well financially, there are nuggets of gold in this class that will benefit you and change the way you think about your financial house.
Through the year Horizons Church offers classes. Contact Toni Singer for more information at 763-413-7210 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for more information about Financial Peace.
Small Groups are people taking the next steps together.
Join a Group and you'll learn why we believe you can’t do life alone.
The goal of joining a group is to be around people that can support you in taking your next steps to grow as a 3C follower of Jesus . We believe life is better when you live in community. There are Group options available for Married, Coed, Men’s and Women’s. We want to help you find the best fit.