The Story

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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…

 

The Creation

Creation

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

The Curse

Curse

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

Christ

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

The Cross

Cross

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

The Church

Church

Christ saved His Church and commissioned all who serve Him to join Him in His mission of restoration and redemption. Learn more

The Re-Creation

Re-creation

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

Commitment

Commitment

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

 

 

So what is your response to this Good News?

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:

  • Understanding: “I know I am a sinner, separated from God and I can do nothing to earn His favor.”
  • Faith: “I believe Jesus is God’s Son and that He died for sins and rose again from the dead.”
  • Repentance: “I am sorry for my sinful thoughts and actions. I turn from them and trust in Jesus alone for forgiveness.”
  • Purpose: “I want to live for Jesus, be a new person, and follow Christ’s example in loving others.”
  • Hope: “I will live forever with God, with joy, because of what Christ has done and promises to do.”

 

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.

  • Talk to a Christian you respect who can tell you more about Jesus.
  • Start praying. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. It’s okay if you don’t know how to do it. Just speak from your heart. God will listen.
  • Get a copy of the Bible and read it for yourself. A great place to start is one of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
  • Go to a Christian church where the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection is believed and the Bible is taught.

We would love it if:

  1. You join us here at CMBC. Click here for our address and directions.
  2. You ask us any sincere questions.

If you would like to read more about this story and investigate the claims of Christ, we recommend:

  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

 

 

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CreationCreation (Peace, Harmony & Partnership)

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

  • There is only one God. He is just, holy, good, and all-powerful.
  • God made us in His image; to worship Him, be in relationship with Him, reflect His character.
  • God made the world perfect, a paradise where we could enjoy God and each other in perfect harmony.

Genesis 1:1-2:3, Job 38-39, Psalm 104, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 11:1-3

 

 

The CurseCurse (Alienation)

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

  • Adam, the first man, disobeyed God’s command. He wanted to choose good or evil for himself. He disregarded God’s authority and rejected His love. As a result, Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise.
  • The world is cursed because of Adam’s sin. Things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be. The world is now filled with suffering, pain, and evil.
  • We sin every day in thought, word, and deed by disobeying God’s commands and not honoring God like we should. We live to please ourselves rather than to please the God who made us.
  • Our relationship with God and others is broken. Because we have sinned against an infinitely Holy God, we are under His infinite holy judgment.

Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-24, Romans 3:9-20, 23; 5:12-21, Galatians 3:10, Ephesians 2:1-3

 

 

ChristChrist (God Promises and God Appears)

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

  • Jesus is fully human. He had a real body, desires, and emotions.
  • Jesus is fully God. He was more than a prophet and moral teacher. He demonstrated His divine status and authority by forgiving sins and exercising power over nature, the devil, disease, and death.
  • Jesus is the Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. He is the Son of God and one with God the Father. Jesus is worthy of our worship, trust, and affection.

John 1:1-3; 8:56-58; 10:29-31, Hebrews 1:1; 4:15; 7:26-28, Titus 2:13

 

 

The CrossCross (Jesus dies for our sins and is raised to life again)

…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

  • Jesus’ death on the cross was to take upon Himself the wrath of God so that we might be reconciled to God. The fact is, because of Jesus’ death, God can forgive us, not because of our good works or good intentions, but because of the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.
  • Jesus was a kind of second Adam, fulfilling what the first Adam failed to do.
  • He obeyed God in place of our disobedience and died the death we deserved to die, by living the life we could not live.
  • By His death, He paid the ransom for sin.
  • By His resurrection, Jesus demonstrated His rightful Lordship of all things. In coming back to life, Jesus showed that even death itself had been conquered.

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 ChurchChurch

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

 

 

Re-CreationRe-Creation

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

  • God makes us new creations in Christ! We die to our old sinful ways and can learn to love God and our neighbor.
  • Through Jesus, God has already started making a new world right here on earth. Those who follow Jesus are to be agents of change, hope, and renewal.
  • At the end of history, God will finish this work of re-creation. Those who have rejected Christ will be eternally punished for their sins.
  • Those who belong to Christ will live forever in a renewed world where we will be perfect like Him, free from suffering and able to enjoy God forever.

John 3:16-18, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Revelation 21-22

 

 

CommitmentCommitment

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

  • God’s forgiveness is entirely an act of grace. We cannot earn it. We receive God’s mercy solely because of Christ’s work on our behalf.
  • Being a Christian means we renounce our old ways of thinking and living. We trust Christ alone as our Savior, obey Him as Lord of our lives, and love Him as our greatest treasure.
  • Following Christ means living for Him and trying to live by His example. God gives us power through the Holy Spirit and teaches us by His Word (the Bible) so we can live in this new way.

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.