Appendix C The Bridge To Life

The life and ministry of Jesus Christ clearly shows the purpose for which He came into this world—to bring sinful men back to God. The practical application of that great truth for a person who has never trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is to receive Him into his or her life.

The following is a simple Gospel presentation, useful for Christians to share with others. It also shows the way to Jesus Christ, whose life and ministry you have just studied, if you have never received Him as your own Savior and Lord.

The Bible teaches that God loves all men and wants them to know Him.

But man is separated from God and His love.

“God is on one side and all the people on the other side,”
1 Timothy 2:5, Living Bible

Why is man separated from God and His love?

Because he has sinned against God.

“Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.”
Isaiah 59:2

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

Where does this separation lead?

This separation leads only to death and certain judgment.

Man is “destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.”
Hebrews 9:27

“Those who do not know God … will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord.”
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

But, there is a solution.

Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins, is the way to God.

“God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus Himself man, is between them to bring them together, by giving His life for all mankind.”
1 Timothy 2:5, Living Bible “Christ died for your sins once for all. .. to bring you to God.” 7
Peter 3:18

Does this include everyone?

No. Only those who personally receive Jesus Christ into their lives, trusting Him to forgive their sins.

“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

Each one must decide for himself whether to receive Christ.

Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with Me.”
Revelation 3:20

How does a person receive Jesus Christ?

Jesus said, “You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”
John 14:14

Therefore if you pray sincerely, asking Him—

Lord Jesus, please come into my life

and be my Savior and Lord

Please forgive my sins,

And give me the gift of eternal life

—He will do it now.

If you have invited Jesus Christ into your life, the Bible says you now have eternal life.

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 5:11-12