The Good News (Gospel)
"For God so loved the world that he sent his only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16
The Plan of Salvation
We all make mistakes and have, at one point or another, done something wrong. God desires for us to live for eternity with Him but simply cannot tolerate our wicked, sinful behavior. Sadly, there is nothing that we can do to be "good enough" to make up for our wrongdoings. So when it seemed like there was no hope for us to live forever with God, He expressed how deep his love for us truly is by sending His only son, Jesus Christ, to take upon himself the punishment for our sins. Jesus was executed on a cross as an atonement for our sins even though he himself had done nothing wrong. He was the only person to live a perfect life but was killed because of our sinful ways. However, God did not leave Jesus in the grave. On the third day God raised Jesus back to life, defeating the powers of sin and death. Now, we too can have the promise of eternal life and be raised to new life if we choose to follow Jesus. What all does that entail? Read below for a brief, compact introduction on what it entails to become a follower of Jesus Christ. If you have any questions at all, please contact us!
HEAR – Romans 10:17
In order to follow Christ, it’s important to first hear God’s word. The good news is that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, for us. Jesus lived a perfect life and died for our sins. Then, on the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead. We can now have forgiveness of all our wrong-doings and live for eternity with God because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Though we will all die some day, God will raise us back to life just as he did his Son. Those who believe in Him will have eternal life with God. Those who reject Him will be condemned.
BELIEVE – John 1:11-12, Romans 10:9-10
Plenty of people hear the word, but it only benefits those who believe. Those who hear the word and choose not to believe will not inherit eternal life and neither can we earn it by simply being "good people."
REPENT – Matthew 4:17, Acts 2:38
To repent means to acknowledge that what you were doing was wrong and then change that behavior. Every one of us has done something wrong and we cannot be good enough to make up for it. We need forgiveness. To repent is like doing a U-turn and instead of continuing to sin you begin to live according to the teachings of Jesus and the disciples. Jesus forgives our sins, but he also expects us to leave our sinful ways behind us.
CONFESS – Matt 10:32-33, Romans 10:9-10
While part of our faith is our personal relationship with Christ, we can’t keep it a secret! God wants us to tell other people that we believe in Him and that we will follow Him. We can’t be ashamed to be Christians.
BE BAPTIZED – Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Romans 6:3-5
Baptism is how we are cleansed from our sins and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. It also connects us to Christ’s death and resurrection. Baptism is the act of being immersed in water.
PERSEVERE – 2 Peter 3:18, Matthew 24:13, James 1:22
Keep it together. We must not turn our backs on God. Instead, we should continue to believe in Him and live according to His commands as best we can. Our actions don’t save us, but they are a reflection of what we believe in our hearts. They are a display to both God and other people that we truly love God and one another.