Encountering Jesus is the most important part of your discipleship journey! Everything we do as a church, and the reason we exist in the first place, is because of God’s gift of forgiveness through his son Jesus. More than anything else, we want you to know that God loves you and has a plan for your life!
Many people spend their lives trying to earn God’s approval by following certain rules, attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
THE WAY OF SALVATION
GOD LOVES YOU AND OFFERS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16 (NRSV)
[Christ] came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (NRSV)
Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant (full and meaningful) life?
HUMANS ARE SINFUL AND SEPARATED FROM GOD. THEREFORE, WE CANNOT KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE AND PLAN FOR OUR LIFE.
Humanity is Sinful
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NRSV)
Humanity was created to have fellowship with God, but because of our own stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Humanity is Separated from God
For the wages of sin is death [spiritual separation from God]. Romans 6:23 (NRSV)
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S ONLY PROVISION FOR THE SIN OF HUMANITY. THROUGH JESUS, YOU CAN KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE AND PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
Jesus Died in Our Place
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NRSV)
Jesus Rose from the Dead
Christ died for our sins…he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…he appeared to [Peter], then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters… 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (NRSV)
Jesus is the Only Way to God
Jesus said…“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NRSV)
WE MUST INDIVIDUALLY RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD, THEN WE CAN KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE AND PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.
We Must Receive Christ
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. John 1:12 (NRSV)
We Receive Christ Through Faith
For by grace you have saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV)
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
Read John 3:1-8 (NRSV)
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation
Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)
If you just prayed to accept God’s love for you through Jesus Christ for the first time, please give us a call (706-245-7402) or email us and let us know! We would love to help you discover the next step in your discipleship journey, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey!