The Gospel Message
God: Who He is
"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth… He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth… that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him." (Acts 17:24-27)
The Bible explains that God created us and sustains us and, therefore, has the right to absolute authority in our lives. Out of His love, He made us in His image so that we would seek to honor Him as the true Creator.
Man: His Problem
"The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God." (Psalm 14:2). “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God….for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:11,23). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Instead of seeking God, man rebels against God’s authority and chooses to live his own way. The Bible says that failure to recognize God’s authority is sin. The penalty for our sin is death–not just physical death, for all men die–but eternal separation from God in hell. Man rightly deserves this judgment for failing to honor his Creator.
Christ: God’s Solution
“For while we were still helpless...God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Romans 5:6, 8-9).
God’s great love and mercy can extend a pardon to sinners. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for sinners and pay sin’s penalty. In His death, Jesus endured the punishment that sinners deserve and therefore satisfied the wrath of God, making it possible for sinners to be made right with Him and receive eternal life.
Us: Our Response
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30).
God commands you to repent from your rebellion and to trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. You must admit that you are a sinner, believe that you are forgiven only through Jesus’ death on the cross, and commit your entire life to obey the risen Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
If this is your prayer: please contact a Pastor who can guide you in your new relationship! We long to be available to you and seek to answer any question you may have.
Again, we want to help. Here are a few suggestions you might want to pursue:
• Begin reading the Bible for yourself. We suggest a modern translation* and start by reading one of the four Gospels in the New Testament section (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John). Luke is a good one to read if you’ve never read the Bible before. (* We suggest the New International Version (NIV) or the English Standard Version (ESV). You can even read the Bible online these days. Click here to start reading the Gospel of Luke on-line).
• Attend a short course—many churches offer courses that explain the Christian message, often by reading through the Bible and helping people to understand it themselves for the first time. We recommend the following courses:
• Christianity Explained
• Christianity Explored
• Read a book—there are a number of very good, easy-to-read books written specifically to explain the Christian faith to people with little or no church background.• Check out the wonderful resources on line that gives you a bit more explanation. A helpful on line resource is christianity.net
No matter where you are in the world, who you can find someone near you to help answer some of your questions, and perhaps read part of the Bible with you so you can understand Jesus Christ’s teaching for yourself. But please know, that if you can’t, we are certainly happy to have someone contact you who will discuss things with you by email. Please email us.
You have questions which you want answered. We are actually glad to hear that, it means you’re thinking! You need to know that what the Bible is saying is true and trustworthy, and that it makes sense of all the misery in this world. Here are some helpful suggestions that will help you on your way:
• A great source for common questions people ask about Christianity: christianity.net.au/questions
• There are a range of good books on a wide variety of questions. Here are just a few:
What’s the difference between Christianity and the major religions of the world? How do I know which one is true — if any? If I were God, I’d make myself clearer; Jesus Among Other Gods; Only One Way?
What about Islam? What do Muslims believe, and how is it different to Christianity? Islam in our Backyard;