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You were created to know God in a personal way—to have a
relationship with Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ
Realize that you are a sinner.
No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a perfect person. That is because we are all sinners. Sin simply means that we can’t measure up to God’s perfect standard of righteousness.
The Bible says,
“No one is good—not even one.” We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.
The penalty for sin is death, but instead of giving that death to us, Jesus suffered death for us that we might be forgiven by God.
The Bible tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
Repent of your sin and go the other way.
The Bible tells us, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him. When we confess and repent, we are agreeing with God that we need His grace and forgiveness in our lives.
Receive Jesus Christ into your life.
Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . .” If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”
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THE BIBLE IS UNIQUE
The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years by more than 40 authors in three languages, on three continents. Rather than contradicting one another, the writers maintained 100 percent historical, moral, prophetical, and theological accuracy, writing with harmony and continuity from Genesis to Revelation.
THE BIBLE WAS INSPIRED BY GOD
The Bible was written by men (2 Peter 1:20-21) under the inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16). God exerted His supernatural influence on the writers of the Bible. In other words, God was the author and men were His writing instruments.
THE BIBLE IS TO BE READ AND STUDIED
Studying the Bible is an absolute must for Christians. The Bible instructs, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God..." (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). The systematic preaching of the Bible is impossible without the systematic study of the Bible. We are not to skim a few verses in our daily Bible reading, nor are we to study a passage only when we're about to share it. We need to immerse ourselves daily in God's Word, like the Bereans who searched the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11).
THE BIBLE TEACHES US
To build a model airplane, we need to follow a set of instructions. Only then will the final product look like its counterpart on the box. In the same way, we need to follow God's instruction manual for life, the Bible. Only then, will our lives reflect Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
THE BIBLE GIVES US HOPE
The Bible was "written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). We find hope through learning about God, His ways, and His plans for our lives. When we discover the promises of God, we recognize there is more to life than merely existing. We discover there is life beyond this life. Through the Bible, we obtain hope, encouragement, comfort, strength, wisdom, and much more. Best of all, we gain understanding of how to know God personally and how to live for Him righteously.
THE BIBLE GIVES DISCRETION
To find our way through the dark, we need a flashlight. Only then can we see clearly and avoid stumbling. The psalmist described God's Word as "a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105). As we allow the Bible to direct our lives, we'll keep from stumbling and falling.
If you want to be wise, read the Bible. If you want to be safe, believe the Bible. If you want to be right, obey the Bible. As a parent, your devotion to God, or lack of it, will make a resounding impression on the next generation. May your legacy be a Godly one.
To walk with God and grow spiritually, it's an absolute necessity to be involved in a church. The Bible instructs us to "consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together..." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
In The New Testament, temple and synagogue are the only words that describe a building as a place of worship. Today's church is not a building, but an assembly of people who make up the body of Christ (Colossians 1:24; Romans 16:5). The universal church consists of genuine Christian believers of all ages, both on earth and in heaven. There won't be any denominations in heaven- only believers!
IS IT NECESSARY TO JOIN A LOCAL CHURCH?
Although we are all members of the universal church, the body of Christ, it's very important for a Christian to identify with a body of believers in a local church. We need each other in order to develop fully as Christians (1 Corinthians 12:4-27). We are also disciples who are commanded to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). But to do so, we must spend time around other believers.
WHAT MAKES A CHURCH EFFECTIVE?
What makes the church effective today is no different from what made the early church effective. It's the Spirit of God working through the Work of God in the hearts of His people. Jesus told His disciples, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Only a Spirit-filled church can be an effective church. We simply need to ask God to empower us.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?
The purpose of the church is threefold. First, the church is to exalt God. He called us to live "to the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:12).
Second, the church is to edify the saints. Paul exhorts us to "present every man perfect in Christ Jesus" (Colossians 1:28).
Third, the church is to evangelize the world. Jesus told His disciples, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). We believe in adhering to these purposes, while keeping them in proper balance.
WHAT IS THE PRACTICE OF THE CHURCH?
The practice of the church is fourfold. It is to be a worshiping church, a learning church, a loving and united church and a praying church. We find the trademarks of a healthy church in the book of Acts: "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (2:42).
WHAT ARE THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH?
Ordinances of the church are outward rites or symbolic observances commanded by Jesus, which set forth essential Christian truths. We observe the ordinances of water baptism and communion.2
If you want to be wise, read the Bible. If you want to be safe, believe the Bible. If you want to be right, obey the Bible.
WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH?
Jesus told His disciples, "On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). The Bible says that the head of the church is Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23).
STATEMENT OF FAITH
the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and the inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21 ).
there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
in the deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-13, Revelation 19:14-16
in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19; John 5:24, Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and operate in the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
that we as Christians are examples of the love of God in this world. It is this (agape) love that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians (I John 4:16-17).
WHAT EVERYBODY NEEDS
Are you living with a sense of guilt and hopelessness? The relief and hope every human needs only becomes ours when we believe what the Bible calls the Gospel. The word gospel simply means good news. The gospel is the good news that, though sinful and imperfect, all people can be forgiven, restored and accepted by God through faith in Jesus.
The message of the gospel does not start with humans but with God. In the beginning of history, God created the heavens and the earth. Everything God created was absolutely perfect. Though everything God created was initially good, you know that things are very different now in the universe. Where harmony, peace and safety once permeated the natural world, decay, and devastation reign in the world today. Where peace, acceptance and equality once characterized human relationships, fighting, exploitation and domination are the day-to-day experience of us all.
WHY DO CORRUPTION & CHAOS EXIST
How did corruption and chaos infiltrate our universe? The answer is sin. Sin is the cause of our need for the forgiveness and restoration the gospel brings. To sin is to violate God’s commands in our thoughts, will or actions. The term that is translated sin in the Bible is an archery term that carries the idea of missing the mark, or missing the target. As far as morality and holiness goes, the bulls-eye on the target we were created to hit is a state of total moral perfection. Both the Bible and human experience reveal that all people fall tragically short of hitting the mark of moral perfection and holiness. None of us comes close to perfectly honoring God in everything we do. In the Bible God said that of the human race that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23 NKJV). If we are honest, our daily experience of normal life proves the Bible’s description of us to be true.
The moment our first human parents, Adam and Eve, sinned, they experienced radical spiritual corruption. In that tragic moment they opened a proverbial doorway through which sin, and the death and decay it brings, were allowed to enter into our universe. As spiritual descendants of Adam and Eve, all people became sinners by nature and choice.
We cannot get angry with Adam and Eve over the fact that we share in the consequences of their sin. In response to temptation, we have all individually sinned against God in thought, word and deed. Every day we sin through acts of omission in which we do not do the good we should, as well as through acts of commission in which we do what we should not. No human will go to hell and experience eternity without God primarily because of Adam and Eve’s sin. We are held accountable for our own sin. Specifically, we are held accountable for whether or not we believe the gospel and receive God’s remedy for our spiritual crimes.
But why begin explaining the Good News of the gospel by talking about our sinfulness? The reason for this is that we cannot understand how wonderful the good news of the gospel is unless we first understand the bad news of our sin and guilt. When we grasp how much we need the forgiveness Jesus has provided for us, we can then understand how gracious He is, and how amazing it is that we can have a way to be accepted by Him.
HOW YOU CAN EXPERIENCE FORGIVENESS, HOPE & HEALING
If you are feeling the weight of guilt and condemnation, there is Good News for you! Because God is not only just but also loving, He accomplished rescue for you! God came to earth as the man Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life for you, died in your place for your sins on the cross, and rose again from the dead. He has promised to forgive the past, present, and future sins of all who trust in Him. He has promised to make you a new person from the inside out. He will chose to see only the righteousness of God when He looks at you for the rest of your life, in your best and worst moments, if you will ask Jesus Christ to forgive you and make you His own. How is this possible? Because, as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (NLT)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRUST IN JESUS AS SAVIOR
• Faith in Jesus saves you from a life without God (see 1 Peter 3:18).
• Faith in Jesus saves you from eternal torment in hell (see Romans 5:6-9).
• Faith in Jesus saves you from an unfulfilling life (Read John 4:7-14)
• Faith in Jesus guarantees you a future deliverance from all experiences of pain, suffering and death (1 Corinthians 15:35-58)
EXPERIENCE FORGIVENESS, RESTORATION & NEW LIFE
The Bible says that experiencing forgiveness and beginning a relationship with God is as simple as trusting in Jesus Christ, and confessing your faith in Him. God’s promise to you is that, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NKJV)
If you are ready to know God and receive His forgiveness, here is a suggested prayer you can use to express your heart to Him:
Father, I understand that I am guilty and broken. I believe that Your Son, Jesus, died for my sins and that He rose again and is alive today. I am putting my trust in Him for forgiveness of my sins and restoration of my broken relationship with You. Forgive my sins. Fill me with Your strength to begin living a new life for you. Based on my faith in the life, death and resurrection Jesus accomplished for me, I believe that You have accepted me as Your child forever. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.