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The Bible tells the true story of God’s steadfast love for you! Some parts of this story are sad because human beings have brought sin and pain into God’s perfect creation. However, most of the story is about hope and victory.
This story has a point and a purpose. Jesus is the point; the purpose is to lead us to Him. In fact, the story can be summed up in one verse – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Many people have heard of John 3:16 but few people know the rest of the story. It goes something like this…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The first man and woman enjoyed a perfect relationship with God. In fact, God said everything was good. Learn more
But everything fell apart. Adam and Eve rebelled against God. We have all followed in their footsteps and have broken God’s Law by doing and thinking what is bad for us and displeases a Holy God with our choices. Our sin, just like Adam and Eve’s, distances us from a Holy God. Learn more
God did not give up on us and sent His Son Jesus Christ, the King and Creator of all things, full of grace, truth, and power to be the perfect, sinless substitute, making a way for sinners like you and me to be reconciled to a Holy God once again. Learn more
Jesus died for our sin and took on all our guilt and shame on the cross. He bore the punishment we deserved and gave us His righteousness in exchange. Three days after His death, He rose victorious from the grave, conquering sin, death, and hell for all who call Him Lord! Learn more
Christ saved His Church and commissioned all who serve Him to join Him in His mission of restoration and redemption. Learn more
Just as God raised Jesus to new life from the dead, He continues to make all things new and vibrant once again. In the end, God’s people will live forever in the perfect environment they were created for, free from all pain and full of joy and peace in the presence of God! Learn more
This Good News is available to all who turn from their sin and self-sufficiency and place their trust in the Beautiful One, Jesus Christ. No one deserves God’s mercy and grace, nor can we do anything good to earn God’s acceptance. Yet through Jesus Christ, we are all invited to get right with God and accept His free gift of salvation. Learn more
There are many possible responses to this message. Maybe you have not thought much about Jesus before, or perhaps you never considered yourself in need of God’s forgiveness. Or maybe you always felt like you were meant for something more, that there was something more to life, but weren’t sure what it was.
If you want to begin living with Jesus as your Lord, here are a few ways to respond in your heart:
Here are some practical steps to investigate Christianity further, and to aid in understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus, or a Christian.
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If you would like to read more about this story and investigate the claims of Christ, we recommend:
A magnificent God creates a perfect world. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:1, 36a
Genesis 1:1-2:3, Job 38-39, Psalm 104, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 11:1-3
Human beings rebel against God. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…” Romans 5:12
Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-24, Romans 3:9-20, 23; 5:12-21, Galatians 3:10, Ephesians 2:1-3
God comes to us in human flesh. "And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 'Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?'” Mark 2:5-7
John 1:1-3; 8:56-58; 10:29-31, Hebrews 1:1; 4:15; 7:26-28, Titus 2:13
…bringing back peace, harmony, and partnership ”For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Isaiah 53:4-5, Mark 10:45, John 10:14-18, Romans 5:6-11; 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 1:19-21, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 1:5-2:2
The Church is not a building, but rather the Body of Christ, the community of all believers who are united to Christ and to one another by the Holy Spirit. The church is called to worship God and to demonstrate His gracious character in the world by proclaiming the Gospel, making disciples from all nations, observing baptism and the Lord's supper, maintaining the unity and purity of the body, and seeking to apply the truth of Scripture to the needs of people.
Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20, John 17:20-26, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Ephesians 4:1-16, Hebrews 10:25
God is making a new people and a new place. "And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' Also he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'" Revelation 21:5
John 3:16-18, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Revelation 21-22
Those who repent and place their trust in Jesus Christ will be made new. "Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" Acts 2:37-38
Isaiah 55:6-7, Matthew 4:17, John 20:31, Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 2:4-10, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
What’s your story going to be? We invite you to place your story into God’s story today.