Getting to know him and becoming more like him

Becoming a Christian requires that you know some things about Jesus Christ. You need to know who He claimed to be, eternal God in human flesh. You must know some of the things He did and taught. You need to understand that He died on the cross for your sins, and that He was raised bodily from the dead. But beyond these facts, you need to know Christ personally. That relationship begins at the moment you recognize that your sins have separated you from God and that you need a Savior. You also realize that you cannot save yourself from God's judgment through your efforts or good works. Letting go of all human merit, you call upon the Lord to be merciful to you based on the merits of the death of His Son Jesus. Your object of trust for commending yourself to God shifts from self to Christ. Then you are saved. Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". Salvation is a general offer from God to mankind but it is your personal choice to accept it or not. If you are ready to make this decision please pray this prayer.

Sinner's Prayer:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to help myself or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust The Lord Jesus Christ alone as the One who bore my sins when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that for me, so that I can stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face life/death now knowing that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through life and even unto the end. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Congratulations. If you prayed that prayer. You have become now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, a child of God and an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God. Romans 10:9-11 "that 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. 10 For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved. 11 It is just as the Scripture says: "Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame."

Galatians 2:16 "know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified”. Phil.3:9 "and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is of the Law, but that which is through faith from Christ, the righteousness of God on the basis of faith" 2Cor.5:21 "For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

Now that you are saved what next? * Get baptized “whosoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be

condemned" Mark 16:16. * Get trained "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly

dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim.2:15 * Get to work "And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"

Mark 16:15 We encourage you to join the LAIF Training Institute (LTI): At LTI, we are determined that you grow in the knowledge of the word of God. The bible states in 1 Peter 2:2“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" Colossians 3:16. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

So we encourage you to join our bible based training programs.

A Genuine Relationship with Christ

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; II by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead" Phil.3:10-11.

The goal of every Christian should be to know Christ and to be like Him. As someone has wisely pointed out, "One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve”. That is why it is very important to be clear and focused at all times on what we are after or else one can easily get


Christianity is definitely not a religion of rules and rituals that we must work at keeping in order to climb the ladder to heaven. Rather, it is a personal, growing relationship with the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ that results in our growing conformity to Him. Our goal is to know Him and to become like Him. But one thing is certain: If you are truly a Christian, you should know Jesus Christ personally. You don't just know about Him; you know Him, so that you can say like Paul that He is "Christ Jesus my Lord.", personalizing it to yourself. But it begins with making up your mind and allowing yourself to discover Him.

Like any relationship, when you meet someone once, that does not necessarily turn into a relationship. For a relationship to occur, you must cultivate that relationship. For instance, If you meet a girl of your dream, but then never saw her again, you won't have a relationship with her. You must invest your time, getting to know one another through conversation and shared experiences. You learn about her history, her family, her likes and dislikes, her hopes for the future, etc. If you do something to offend her, you ask for her forgiveness and learn to work through difficulties in a harmonious way. That way, you get to know the person on a personal level. It is the same in seeking a personal relationship with Christ. It requires cultivation and it requires investing your time in prayer and bible study.

Knowing who our heavenly Father is, was ultimate in the heart of Jesus when He prayed this prayer for His disciples which includes you today: In John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent". Christianity is primarily a growing relationship with the infinite God who has revealed Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Cor. 5:18 "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation".

Thus, we come to know God through Jesus Christ, and we come to know Him through His Word which tells us of Him. The Old Testament points ahead to Christ; the New Testament tells us of His life, His death for our sins, and His resurrection and present reign in heaven. It also tells us of His coming again and future kingdom. It expounds on His teaching and reveals His will for His people. We can never know Him fully because He is infinite and we are finite. But we can know Him definitely as Savior and Lord. We must spend our lives focused on that great goal, "to know Him and to enjoy a genuine relationship with him." But it won't happen if you are not committed to becoming a man or woman of the Word.