The heart of the Christian faith is not a rule-book to follow or an organization to join, but is knowing God personally, like we would a friend or a close relative.
There is only one true God, the God who has revealed Himself in the Bible, who created the universe, and is one being in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We know God as we rely upon, honour, obey, serve and delight in God the Father, through God the Son (Jesus Christ) by the power of God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Saviour of the world. He is also a real man who was born and lived two thousand years ago, is alive today and will come again to judge the living and the dead. A Christian is someone who acknowledges that Jesus is the King and Lord over everything and who is trusting in Jesus to save him from sin. A Christian becomes a disciple of Jesus, committed to serve and obey God in every part of their life.
God the Son is the unique Son of God, has always existed from eternity and has always been, is today, and always will be forever, completely and fully God. Yet because we needed a Saviour, God the Son became the man Jesus and came to live on earth, fully human like us. He remains both God and man forever.
All of us have sinned against God. We have failed to acknowledge Him as our Creator and Lord and have broken His commandments of love. We have not worshipped Him and loved Him as we should. Because of our deep sinfulness we now suffer a broken relationship with God and we are all facing His judgment and condemnation.
Jesus Christ came to earth in order to bring us back to God, by being the only mediator who could reconcile humanity and God.
He did this by living a perfect life; fully obeying all of God’s commands. During His life on earth He also healed the sick, raised the dead, performed many miracles, and preached the good news of the kingdom of God to prove beyond doubt that He is the Son, and the Saviour of His people. He willingly suffered Himself to be killed, crucified upon a cross and subjected to the infinite and just anger of God against the sins of His people in order to save His people from the punishment of sin. Christ died on the cross, suffering for sin in their place, so that God’s good justice could be satisfied so that they might receive pardon and be reconciled to Him.
Then just as He had predicted, Jesus rose from the dead three days after His execution, an event which is testified to by many historical eyewitness sources. He was then received back into heaven, to live and rule forever as the Saviour of the world.
Whoever you are or whatever you have done, you too can be a part of God’s people and know reconciliation with Him through Jesus Christ. He invites you today to admit that you are a sinner deserving of His punishment and to stop thinking that you can win His favour by doing good things and instead to trust Jesus Christ alone for your reconciliation with God – that by the work of the Holy Spirit Christ’s perfect record might become yours, that His death under the just sentence of God might count as if you had died, that you might know a new life – just as He was raised – living no longer for yourself but for God the Father, through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and finially being raised from your own death one day by the power of the same Spirit to live forever with Him!
If you turn from your past sinful ways of life and put your faith in Him, He promises to make you into a new person and to give you a new start by the power of the Holy Spirit. He will heal your broken life and restore your soul.
The heart of the Christian faith is the call to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. To follow Christ, read about Him in the Bible, to trust Him as Lord and Saviour, and to be loved as a child of God because of what He has done.
God extends this call to all people everywhere to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ. You too are invited to have this relationship with Him.
When Jesus began his ministry on earth He read the following sentences from the Bible to explain why He had come:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor… He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
This good news of Jesus Christ is for you. The best way to find out more is to come and visit us on a Sunday, or to contact us. We are happy to try to answer any questions you might have.