What is the Gospel?

  • You may be aware that there is a God... but do you know Him?
  • Can we know Him?
  • Does He want to have a relationship with us?
  • If you should die today are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?
  • If you should die and stand before God and He asked you why He should let you into His Heaven, would you have an answer?

If you have settled these questions and are enjoying a relationship with God then praise Him for writing your name in the Book of Life. If not, let's look at what God has to say about our relationship with him.

We're all sinners
As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:12

The price of sin
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
There is a way, which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12
For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

The Good News
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

What do I do?
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your house. Acts 16:31
He who believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36
For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8,9
Most assuredly, I say to you, He who hears my word and believes on Him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John 5:24
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die." John 11:25, 26

Respond to God's call
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him... Revelation 3:20
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Prayer: God, I confess to you that I am a sinner. I believe Christ died for me and that His blood will cleanse me from all my sin. By faith, I now receive the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior; trusting Him for the salvation of my soul. Help me Lord to surrender every part of my life to you each day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

What's next?
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5.1
My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:18
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19
I go to prepare a place for you and, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am there you may be also. John 14:2, 3

If you have prayed this prayer and have begun a brand new relationship with Jesus Christ, welcome to the family! Here are a few things that will help you to maintain a healthy relationship with the Lord:

  • Tell someone about the new relationship you have begun. Tell a friend or someone you know who is a Christian. We would love to hear about it! Just send us an email at info@hartlandcamp.com or call 559-337-2349
  • Get involved with some other believers. Ask someone who is a Christian to help you learn what the Bible says and how you can grow in your new-found faith.
  • Get involved in a local church.
  • Read your Bible and spend time talking with God in prayer.