Connecting with the church begins with connecting with Jesus Christ. At the heart of the message of Jesus Christ is what is called the “Gospel”, otherwise known as the “Good News”. Let’s take a look at the Gospel:
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 (see Acts 17:24-27).
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.
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”Hebrews 9:27
“When we were yet without strength…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath 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. Christ rose from the dead and will one day judge all men:
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Philippians 2:9-11
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 rebel against God, and rely only on Jesus’ death to pay for your sins.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”John 3:36