We're all born with a sinful nature. Because of our sin, it's impossible for us to have a relationship with God without forgiveness.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT)
We can't earn God's forgiveness; it can only be given.
Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice so that we can be forgiven.
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT)
Jesus himself said,
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Trusting Jesus as the way to God is not an exclusive path to God, it is completely inclusive.
No matter who you are, what you've done, no matter where you were born or where you are from, Jesus is the only way for you to have a relationship with God.
That means YOU too!
Through His death on the cross, and then coming back to life from the dead, Jesus took all of your sin, your wrong, and gave you all of His right.
If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It's as simple as asking God to forgive you of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, believing He is who He says He is, and accepting His gift of forgiveness and love.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NLT)
No, you don't.
We don't have to change in order to gain God's love, we change because we've experienced His love.
When you trust in Jesus as your Saviour, you walk into the fullness of God's love. Over time, God's love, through the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, changes you as you follow Him.
We change because we are loved, not in order to be loved.
God wants to have a relationship with us and He's given us ways to know Him more. As we get to know God, we will have a better understanding of who He is, who we are, His plan for us, and how we can become more like Jesus Christ His Son.
The Bible is the ultimate source of truth. It is God's Word, written specifically to show us who God us, who we are, how much He loves us and longs for us to experience His love, grace, and hope, and how He invites us to share that with the world.
The Bible is God's guide for us in our daily life. It is the main way that God speaks to us today. You can download the Bible app (click here) or speak to someone at the welcome desk and we'll be glad to give you a hard copy.
Then start reading, maybe just 10 minutes a day. A great place to start would be in the Gospel of John, the 4th book in the New Testament.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105 NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Tim 3:16 NLT)
Prayer is talking with God. If you want to get to know someone better, to grow your relationship with them, you talk with them, you spend time with them.
Spend time throughout your day in prayer.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (Phillippians 4:6 NLT)
Talking with God is a two way street. He wants to talk to us too. Take time to learn His voice and listen to His direction for you.
Reading the Bible helps us to know who He is.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27 NLT)
Anytime we give God credit for His goodness, we're worshipping Him. When we pray, serve, or help others, we're following God's will and showing our gratitude for who He is.
Honour the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendour of His holiness. (Psalm 29:2 NLT)
Baptism shows others you've been made new. It represents your old life, characterized by sin and apart from Jesus, being made clean because of your faith in Jesus.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:4 NLT)
Once you've made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, baptism is one of the most meaningful next steps you can take. Baptism is a public declaration and celebration of your decision to follow Jesus.
If you would like to be baptized, let us know below!