Jesus is the reason we exist as a church family and Jesus is the One we want to introduce you to!
The Bible makes it very clear in Genesis 2-3 that when God created mankind, He created him to be in fellowship with God. God desires to have a personal relationship with us. But we need to clearly understand that this relationship must be on God’s terms! God gave Adam and Eve one commandment to keep – they were not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But they ate of it. As a result, they lost fellowship with God; experienced personal consequences of increased difficulty in labor and difficulty in childbirth; and the worst of all, both physical and spiritual death.
The rest of the Old Testament shows us that mankind could not keep God’s perfect law. The Scriptures further show that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin is to disobey God by sins of commission (what we do) and omission (what we do not to) – contrary to God’s perfect law. While God established sacrifices in the Old Testament to temporarily deal with sin, those sacrifices pointed mankind to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Some sins that offend our God include: placing greater value on anyone or anything besides Him, taking the Lord’s name in vain, disregarding the Lord’s Day, dishonoring parents, murder, sexual relationships outside of a male/female marriage, theft, lying and coveting (Exodus 20). Furthermore, Jesus says that even the desire to sin is sin! (Matthew 5:21-30).
Sin is very serious. The Bible tells us that the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This death is means eternal separation from God in hell. But thank God, this is not the end of the story.
Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit. He was fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles after He began his public ministry (about the age of 30) and taught like no other man has. You can read about His life, teaching and work on earth in the first four books of the New Testament. These four books are commonly known as the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
After three years of ministry, Jesus was rejected by the very people He came to serve and reign over. This was foretold in many places in the Old Testament (Isaiah 53 being one of them). Jesus was beaten severely and hung on a cross to die. While this may seem extremely cruel and unfair, He voluntarily took our place by dying for our sin. He died and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead! He did this so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Today, He is with God the Father in heaven and will come for us one day.
What does this mean for you if you have have not yet come to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Confess your sin before God and seek His mercy (Luke 18:9-14). Repent–turn from your sin, including the sin of thinking you can be good enough to go to heaven (Mark 1:15); and turn to God, realizing He will change you and make your character like His(Acts 26:20)! Trust Jesus to forgive your sin and give you a personal, eternal relationship with God because of His death for you on the cross (I Peter 3:18).
If you have placed your faith in Jesus today, you have only begun your relationship with Him! How can you grow in this relationship? First, read the Bible (this is God speaking to you). Second, pray (this is you speaking to God). Third, get involved in a Bible-teaching church family which will provide very important fellowship (we would love it if you would come visit us!). Finally, begin to tell your family and friends how Jesus has saved you and how He is changing your life!