We believe that God, who is loving, merciful, holy, righteous and just, made man and created both male and female in His own image. We were created with a purpose, and God’s plan for each person includes a full and abundant life in relationship with Him.
Jesus said, “I have come that they might life and have it abundantly” [John 10:10]. He also said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” [John 3:16].
That’s good news or Gospel! The good news comes universally to all who would receive it, but there’s a problem and it is not with God.
The problem—the bad news—is as result of the fall of the first human, Adam, all of humanity inherited a sinful nature – a natural inclination to rebel or sin against our creator. It is this universal sin (every person has the same problem) that separates us from a holy, pure, and just God.
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23].
Because God is holy and just, He separates Himself from and punished sin. The Bible tells us that none of us is righteous (Romans 3:10) and that a perfect and fair God requires a payment for our sins.
“The wages of sin is death…” [Romans 6:23a]
“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” [Hebrews 9:27]
What we deserve is death and judgment for our sins—that’s our problem—and God has made a way—that’s good news!
God has made a way for every sinner as Jesus Christ offered Himself as payment for ALL sin.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8].
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” [1 Peter 3:18]
While the payment for our sin was death “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23b]. Jesus, being perfectly human, being perfectly obedient, and being perfectly infinite as the God-man, was the only one capable of serving as the perfect sacrifice, or atonement to satisfy the justice and righteousness of God.
Death could not defeat Him, so as the Bible tells us, “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.” Finally, after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven, seated next to the Father’s right hand, ruling and making intercession for His people. Jesus did for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves!
In Jesus Christ, we find the answers to our two BIG problems—sin and death—but there’s still the matter of how we will respond.
Such is the beauty of the gospel. Many people would say, “Give me the rules so I can follow them—I can work to be good enough to save myself,” the gospel says, “No you can’t… But God, rich in mercy, has done it for you.”
So, we cannot take credit for what God has done and we must understand that the only way to come to Him is by His grace and through faith alone.
Ephesians 2:8-9 puts it this way, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not a result of works so that none can boast.”
Faith is putting our full trust in Jesus as the son of God, who lived the perfect life of righteousness, died a sacrificial death as the perfect sacrifice, and was resurrected as the risen savior. When we believe and trust in Jesus, we receive Him and the full, eternal life He brings to us—all because of His righteousness!
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” [Romans 10:9]… for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ [Romans 10:13].
Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” [Revelation 3:20].
This is the gospel, the good news that God saves sinners, doing for us what we could never do for ourselves, in spite of ourselves. It is a gospel of contrasts. Where simple meets profound. Where good news meets bad news. Where wrath meets love. Where grace meets justice. Where self-sufficiency meets self-surrender. Where death meets life and where God meets us, without compromising His holy character. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the best news you could ever hear. Have you received it?