The Good News
Good News is for Bad Situations
Everything we do as a church, and the reason we exist in the first place, is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We can only do this because of God’s gift of forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ. More than anything else, we want you to have a saving knowledge of God.
Many try to “do things” to earn God’s approval: follow rules, attend religious services, or be a good person; the truth is that the only way to please God, have a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Read carefully this simple explanation of the essentials of the Good News.
All people are “sinners” in that they disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God. (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls Hell. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross in your place and then rose from the dead to demonstrate that His payment was acceptable to God. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way to restore your relationship with God. (1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)
Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith, a gift from God, is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, and having Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance and genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from it. (John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
If God says you are a sinner, then accept it because He (and you) knows it’s true. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Surrender to Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord and receive Him into residence in your life. Commit yourself to live for Him. (Romans 10:9-10)
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