Committing Your Life To God

Posted: November 29, 2009 in Christian

 

For two thousand years, the Church has held intact the fullness of Christ. The true Church has maintained this Faith in the face of almost indescribable persecution and suffering. Within the gates of Christianity is the totality of the New Testament Faith, the Apostolic Church.

By the mercy of God, this Faith has never been reduced or diminished. Nor has it been added to or altered. The Church is that one place that "zone of safety", if you will, where the God of the Scriptures (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) can be fully known, loved, and worshiped.

A great father of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom, a Bible teacher, and preacher of the fourth century brought and still brings thousands of people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through his writings. When Saint John Chrysostom met a person who wanted to commit himself to Jesus Christ and learn to know God, Saint John Chrysostom would agree to instruct him in the orthodox Faith, after which would come Holy Baptism and the anointing with oil to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Before his instruction began, the godly pastor would offer a prayer by which the person was entrusted to Jesus Christ as his Lord and King.

This prayer is still used today at the opening of the service of baptism:

"In Thy Name, O Lord, God of truth, And in the Name
of Thine Only-begotten Son, And of Thy Holy Spirit,
I lay my hands upon Thy servant, Who has been found worthy
to flee to Thy Holy Name; And to take refuge
under the shelter of Thy wings."

Let me ask you a sincere question: Are you willing to repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you want to learn to know Him, be cleansed of all unrighteousness, and live a life of holiness unto God? If so, a new life in Christ lies ahead for you. Your next step is to get to know a leader of a Church in your area who can guide you through a time of preparation and instruction in the Christian Faith, and then union with Christ in Baptism. If you need help with this, just send me an email.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Determine to follow Jesus Christ and learn to walk with Him on that path which leads to the knowledge of God. For Jesus Christ has promised, "The one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37). The door has been opened to you, and He will receive you as His disciple — now, TODAY is the acceptable time!

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