God wants you to know Him. He gave everything so that you could have a real friendship with Him. He is not mad at you and loves you more than you could ever know.
This page will walk through the following topics:
We were made in God's image
God's word tells us that in the beginning He created mankind in his image. Genesis 1:26-27 says:
"Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."
We became separated by sin
But man sinned and disobeyed God causing them to be separated from Him (Genesis 3). The original plan was for God and man to be together in harmony and full knowledge of each other. Since the man and the woman disobeyed and came under a curse, something had to be done to restore man and God back to their original relationship.
God made a covenant with Abraham
God made a covenant with a man named Abram who later became known as Abraham. He promised that Abram would be the father of many and his offspring would be chosen to usher in God's plan for redemption (Genesis 15). So God called the nation of Israel through Moses, whose ancestor was Abraham, to be his people and to keep His laws and commandments.
These people where set apart and favored by God and through them He sent the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who became the salvation of all people. God sent Jesus to save all mankind and to restore the relationship that was lost in the garden.
God sent a messiah through Israel to redeem all mankind
Jesus was fully man and fully God. He exists in the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and is called "Emmanuel" which means "God with us."
Jesus brought a new message - a message of peace and of the Kingdom of God. He proved he was from God by the working of miracles and healing everyone who came to him (Acts 10:38). No longer would there be a separation between God and man. No longer would there be a certain nation that knows God, but all men would know God and come to Him with praise (Galations 3:28-29). But something had to happen first, someone had to pay for the sins of Adam. Justice had to be done so that man could receive righteousness and be put back into right-standing with God.
Jesus was perfect and became the atonement for sins
Jesus lived a perfect life and was without sin, He never broke any of the commandments that God gave to man through Moses. He never sinned and was the only person who ever fulfilled the law of God. He became the sacrifice that paid for the sins of Adam and all that came after him (1 John 2:2).
Jesus was tortured and then died on a cross having committed no crime or sin. Three days after they put him in the tomb, Jesus did something amazing... He rose again! He showed that he had power over death and it had no hold on him. He then appeared to his followers and ascended into heaven right in front of them (Luke 23-24).
Through the death of Jesus, the sins of the world where paid for. Through His resurrection, mankind can once again walk with God and be clothed in righteousness (Romans 10:9-10).
We are now Children of God and have right-standing with God
Not only are our sins paid for but we are also now called sons and daughters of God through adoption (Ephesians 1:5-8). God bought us back by the death of his son and brought us home through His resurrection.
God is not mad at you. He is not waiting for you to get it together. He paid the ultimate price for you. He knows what you are worth and proved the greatness of His love for you by paying the price for your sins. Jesus brought us into a new covenant and did away with the old covenant that no man lived up to (Hebrews 10:14-18).
How we receive salvation
You can not earn a right-standing with God (Ephesians 2:8) and the best part is… you don’t have to! Jesus did it, it is finished. You don't need to run from Him anymore. Simply allow His love to fill you with peace and joy!
If you believe in what God has done for you through Jesus Christ, repenting of your sins and committing your life to Him, you will receive salvation. When that happens, you are adopted, you have a family and they will want to celebrate with you. We want to encourage you to tell someone you know or to let us know! We would love to celebrate your adoption with you and learn together how to live this life of freedom!
What we do once we are saved
One way to celebrate this new life and publicly profess your faith in Jesus is through baptism. This is an act of putting off your old self and putting on the new. This was how the first believers began their journey in faith (Acts 2:38-39). If this is to be a completely new way of living, it is important that you abandon the old way of thinking and living and walk in the new way of following Jesus.Romans 12:1-2 says:
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
It is plain throughout scripture that when our hearts and minds are changed from being at odds with God and towards being friends, then our lifestyle and actions should change as well. Jesus himself said:
"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me" (Mathew 16:24).
This means that we need to deny our usual urges and agree with God that we are meant to walk in His ways and led by His spirit. When we walk by His spirit, we do not sin and we become more like his son (Galatians 5:16-18).
From here on you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and known in heaven as a son or daughter of the Most High God! That is a reason to celebrate!!! If you have made this decision, we would encourage you to contact a local church and plug into what God is doing in your community!