Curious About God?
What is the Christian message? What do we say that we believe? What difference does it make? The answer to all of these questions isn't just a creed, but a story - one that everyone seems to know and few actually take the time to hear. We hope this brief summary will help to clarify our message, and we encourage you to join us as we wrestle with the same questions you're likely to have...because if this story is true, it makes all the difference in the world.
In the Beginning
God made the universe and everything in it, including mankind. But our first parents rebelled, and the hearts of all mankind became corrupted, so that (if we examine ourselves honestly) we find that we are incurably wicked. We have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. We don't do the good that we want to do, but the evil that we hate, that we keep on doing (Romans 7:15-25). We all live with guilt and shame because of the shameful things we have done (Romans 3:23). And God, who cannot tolerate evil, has set a day when he will expunge evil and repay each person for every stray thought, word, and deed (Matthew 16:27). By this measure, we all stand condemned to death and judgment. (Romans 6:23)
The lamb of God
But God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). He wasn't willing to leave us to this fate, and made a way for us to be reconciled to Him, so that we can stand before Him again, unashamed and unafraid (1 John 1:9). At the time He himself appointed, He came to Earth as a human baby, was born of a woman, lived an incorruptible life, and offered himself to be tortured to death in our place (Galatians 4:4-7). This man is Jesus of Nazareth. He was willingly crucified, and was resurrected from the dead three days later, demonstrating his power to forgive sin and reverse death (Romans 1:4). And He ascended into heaven, promising that one day He would return in the clouds just as He had gone, to bring judgment and to conquer the Earth and rule it (Acts 1:1-11).
The Promise of God
The promise of God is that you, or anyone, who believes His story and genuinely wants to, can repent and be reconciled to Him (Acts 2:21, 37-39). That you can become not just His servant, but His child (John 1:12). That you can be adopted into the family of God (Ephesians 1:3-6). That you'll be given a new heart that is willing and able to do what is right (Titus 2:11-14). That you'll be forgiven the punishment for your past crimes, since Jesus already suffered on your behalf (Romans 8:1). That you'll have nothing to fear on the day of judgment (1 John 4:17-18). That one day you will be given a body that will never die (1 Corinthians 15:35-58). That He will, over time, make you perfect (Philippians 1:6), and that you will inherit heaven and earth along with Christ (2 Timothy 2:10-13). In short - that you can be together with Him again, unashamed and unafraid.
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