We live in a difficult time and life itself is uncertain. Mankind is in need of a hope that is based on a God who is truly sovereign over all of life and the universe. God is a holy and loving creator but sin separates mankind from a relationship with this Holy God. So, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to do what mankind could not do, live a perfect life and die for the sins of the world. Men and women need to make a decision on what to do with Jesus Christ. Click on any of these tabs below for more information.
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God is a Holy and Loving Creator
Do you ever think about God? Who is He? What is He like? Does He see me? Does He really exist? Yes. God does exist. He is a real Being. It is He who created you and everything that we call planet earth and the universe beyond (Genesis 1:1-31 and 2:1-25). His power and ability to create is beyond our imagination (Acts 17:24-31). Often we refer to Him as God Almighty because He is all-mighty or all-powerful. There is no one like God. He rules over all He has created.
God is not only powerful but also is holy. There is no evil or wrongdoing in Him. He alone sets the standard of right and wrong. God is light and there is no darkness in Him (1 John 1:5). He is majestic, pure and holy.
You may be thinking that God is quite large and exists on a rather grand scale. Would it surprise you to know that God cares about you personally? He did not create us to be impersonal machines or animals. God is love (I John 4:7-9) and made us for the purpose of a relationship with Him - to worship and honor Him, to enjoy Him. God's desire and command for you is that you be holy as He is holy (Matthew 5:48). He wants you to know Him and obey Him. It is right for Him to require this of you because He made you and everything around you. He owns you, loves you and has authority over you.
Since God's wonderful character, His authority as our Creator, His blessings and His warnings are all designed to remind us of His love for us, why don't we love Him?
Man is Sinful and Separated from God
What is sin? Do I sin? Am I any worse than anyone else? The essence of sin is a commitment to independence, a willful rejection of God’s authority in our lives. It is willful disobedience of the law which God has made clear in His Word, the Bible. Even when we attempt to obey this law, we fall far short because of two things: 1. We cannot do it perfectly, as He requires. We all fail in many ways. And 2. When we do do things right, we tend to do them for the wrong reasons. We strive to earn a good standing before God and other people. However, the Bible says that God is opposed to the proud (James 4:6). He rejects those who would stand before Him in their own goodness. No one who has ever lived is without sin, except Jesus Christ (Romans 3:10-12). In fact, even the best things any person can do are impure, at best, due to our natural, rejection of Jesus Christ as our Lord and master.
So we have a dilemma. On the one hand God’s very nature requires perfect obedience to His law in order to have a hope of eternity in heaven with Him. But on the other hand, there is not a man who has ever lived, except Jesus Christ, the God-Man, who has ever, or ever will achieve this. So what can we do?
Jesus Christ is the Answer
The Bible says that while we earn death by our sin, God offers eternal life to any who would receive that life as a gift. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in (through) Christ Jesus our Lord.” He has purchased this gift through the death and resurrection of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18). Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and then voluntarily went to the cross to die in the place of any who would put their trust in Him. According to God’s law, there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus Christ paid that penalty with His own blood and then conquered death as God raised Him from the dead. He lives today and is going to come back any day to take all those who are His to be with Him forever. No one can ever earn God’s love and acceptance, to try is an act of sinful independence. The alternative is to ask Him for His grace. Grace is unmerited favor. It is blessing given when punishment is due. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” However, it is not enough to know these things intellectually.
We Must Each Make a Personal Decision
We must each respond personally to the offer of forgiveness and a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ. John 3:36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 1:12 tells us that Jesus came to His own people, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who do receive Him, to those who believe in His Name, to them He gives the power to become sons of God. In Acts 16:30-31 a man asks the question, “What must I do to be saved?” The answer he is given is the call to each one of us: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Believing in Him means acknowledging to God and to yourself that you are a sinner with no hope of being right with God apart from His mercy and the payment of Jesus Christ on the cross. It means believing that He died and rose again and acknowledging that He is, indeed Lord. It means a conscious decision to turn from your natural sinful independence from God to a humble, obedient dependence upon Him. Obedience does not make anyone acceptable to God. However, obedience should be the natural byproduct of true faith. We obey, not in order to be right with God, not in order to earn a place in heaven. Rather we obey because Jesus is Lord and His laws are right. Do you believe that Jesus Christ was the perfect Son of God? Do you believe that His death on the cross was the payment for your sins? What place will you give Jesus Christ in your life now?
If you have never personally responded this gospel and would like to be right with God. If you would like to have a firm assurance of your eternity with God in heaven; or if you believe in your heart that what you have read is true and you haven’t yet personally and intentionally responded to God and His offer of new life in Christ, then we would suggest that you pray the following prayer to God:
Dear God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have earned Your judgment and rejection. However, I do want to know You. I want to be one of Your children. Thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay the penalty that I earned by my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead and that He lives forever with You. Forgive me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Fill me with the assurance that I am Yours. By Your grace, please enable me to live for You for the rest of my days. Amen.
Your exact words are not important. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit interprets our words so that God hears the desires of our heart. If you have confessed your sin to God and have asked Him to forgive you because Christ paid the payment of death for you, and have acknowledged Jesus as Lord, then the Bible says that you are saved from the penalty of your sins. You are a child of God and are in relationship with Him. He has given you His Holy Spirit and has sealed you as one of His own.
Let us encourage you to find a church which teaches the Bible as the Word of God. This will help you to learn and grow in this new relationship with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and will give you an opportunity to rejoice with others who have come to know Him as well.
If you have any questions regarding these things, please feel free to contact us at Hope Church. We would be happy to speak with you.