What does this church want to say to you?
Simply, to help you think about the following four points:
These four points are a very simple overview of the Bible and the first thing you need to know is that God is crazy about you! His love for you is unlimited and completely unconditional. There is nothing you can do to make God love you any more or less than He does right now. There is nothing that God wants more than to love and be loved by you.
The Bible says in Psalm 100 verse 5:
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
And in John chapter 3 verse 16:
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.
Sadly we have been separated from God's love by something the Bible calls sin. Simply put, sin is when we choose to live for ourselves rather than God. We sin when we ignore God, break His laws and basically do things our own way. Sin destroys relationships with friends, with family and with God. The Bible says that sin ultimately brings death.
The Bible says in Isaiah chapter 59 verse 2:
But your iniquities have separated you from Your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
And in James chapter 1 verse 15:
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
The third point is probably one of the most well known facts in the history of mankind but is often misunderstood. The key is to realise that the penalty for sin is death. We've all sinned and we all deserve to die. But God, who is full of mercy, loved you so much that He sent Jesus to come and die in your place. Jesus died, so that we can have eternal life.
The Bible says in Romans chapter 6 verse 23:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And in Romans chapter 5 verse 8:
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Not only did Jesus die for our sin, three days later He rose from the dead! Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has now made a way for us to have a relationship with God. All you need to do is accept you've sinned, ask for God's forgiveness and then decide to live the rest of your life only for Him. The choice is yours.
The Bible says in John chapter 14 verse 6:
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
And in 1 John chapter 1 verse 9:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
A prayer you can say
Dear God, thank you that You love me and have a good plan and purposae for my life. I'm sorry for ignoring You and doing things my way. I realise now that my sin has hurt You and the people around me, and for this I'm truly sorry. Thank you Jesus that You gave Your life for me and took the punishment for my sin. Please forgive me and help me now, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, as I decide to live only for you. Amen.
Did you pray and mean the prayer written above?
Great! The next thing for you is to tell someone what you have done, and to pass on the good news to someone you know who doesn't yet know God. Click here to contact me and let me know you've decided to live for Jesus. It would be great to meet you where possible, and to help you meet others in the church.
Do you want more information?
If you want to know more about the Christian faith, the church or have any questions about being a Christian, click here to contact me. We can arrange to meet, where possible, and talk things through. It may be useful for you to come to an Alpha course which explores bits of being a Christian, what the church is, and who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are. Or you may want to simply meet a few people first - we have many activities during the week and on Sundays where you can get to know people and ask questions.
We look forward to meeting you!