Everyone wants it. Everyone needs it, and yet it seems so hard to find. Why is that?
Deep down, every heart longs for more and there is far more to this life than possessions, money, education, career success, romantic love, sex or recognition and certainly more than confusion, pain and brokenness.
The message of Jesus Christ, really is good news and the most important news because Jesus is God's answer for you in finding REAL LOVE and so much more. In becoming the person you've always wanted to become. The person you were created to be.
God created you to live in oneness and goodness with Him - in a loving, close and constant relationship. However, sin entered into the heart of the human race and we all turned our backs on the very one who created us - by love and for love. We have all sinned and as a result, there are deep and painful consequences we all experience. Ultimately it is our sin and rejection of God that separates us from Him.
But God has never given up on you or the human race because of His great LOVE. He did the craziest, yet most incredible thing. God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood when He turned up on the pages of human history by sending His son Jesus to earth to save and heal broken humanity. God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him. And God had this plan in mind all along because you are precious to Him and worth saving for a far better future.
Jesus humbly, obediently and willingly laid down his own life for you by suffering and dying on a torturous cross, shedding His blood for the sins of the world. In this act, an incredible exchange took place. The sinless righteous Jesus paid the punishment for your sin so you don't - He took upon himself all of your wrong doings. Jesus rose to resurrection life by the power of the Holy Spirit, defeating sin, death and Satan so that by His same power you can actually start again - live a new life following the way of Jesus, with His Spirit in you. Jesus is the answer for your deep longing for REAL LOVE.
Believing in Jesus, and putting your trust in Him, gives you full access to God just as if you never sinned. For all who believe in and depend on Jesus are no longer condemned but are saved. Totally forgiven and totally restored back into your original design - discovering who God really is and who He has made you to be.
Because of the important sacrifice Jesus made, people who reject God as their Creator and Jesus as their Saviour will experience God’s judgement for turning their back on Him, but here's the good news: Those who receive and believe become children of God. Jesus is your invitation to know your Creator as your Heavenly Father and discover your purpose. And the answer, it turns out, is remarkably simple: You exist to be loved and to love and faith in Jesus changes your heart and your life.
God has done all this for you, and longs for you, so now what will you do? You have a choice. Reject God and go your own way or believe in Jesus and discover REAL LOVE. Watch the videos below and start the voyage today by praying this prayer.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants."
From the New Living Translation Bible found in John 3:16-21
GOOD NEWS - THE GOSPEL
G | GOD created us to be with Him
O | OUR sins separate us from God
S | SINS cannot be removed by good deeds
P | PAYING the price for sin, Jesus died on a cross and rose again
E | EVERYONE who trusts in him is given the gift of His Spirit
L | LIFE with Jesus starts now and lasts forever
Great bible verses to read: John 1:14 NIV; John 3:16-18; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-7; Acts 10: 36-48;Romans 3:20-29;
Romans 5:5-21; Acts 2:38-40; Ephesians 2:8-10
The Bible is telling one unified story that leads us to JESUS. The Bible is also known as God’s Word and when we read His Word it’s like God is speaking directly to us. The Holy Spirit makes HIS Word come alive in our hearts, revealing His love, truth, guidance and correction for the best way to live in relationship with Him and others. The bible is not a book you read once, rather God's Word becomes alive in our hearts and has the power for us to experience Gods presence and transform our lives.
THE BIBLE IS BRILLIANT!
If you're taking steps to learn more about Jesus, start reading John in the New Testament section of the Bible.
Great bible verses to read: Matthew 24:35; Matthew 5:17-18;
Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17
HOW TO START THIS NEW LIFE IN JESUS
The most important thing about prayer is not how you sound, but the genuineness of your heart. God gives His grace (favour) to those who are humble of heart.
RECOGNISE THAT YOU ARE A SINNER
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” & “No one is righteous – not even one” (Romans 3:23 & 10). Because everyone is a sinner, no one deserves eternal life with God in heaven and no one can work hard enough to earn this life of love with God. Instead, God gives new and eternal life to everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is his son. To receive what Jesus has done for you, you need to recognise that you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness. If you never acknowledge this, you will never receive God’s forgiveness for your sins and live this life in a close loving relationship with your Heavenly Father. Sadly, you will continue to live under the power of sin and face the punishment for your sins when you stand before God at the end of your life.
ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE YOU
“God has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:22). If you recognize that you are a sinner, then you may be ready to ask Jesus to forgive you. Do you believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God, who died to pay for your sins? If you do and you have never thanked Christ for dying for you, thank him right now in a simple prayer. "Lord Jesus, I thank you for paying for the sins I have committed. I believe that you died on the cross and that God raised you from the dead so I could be set free from sin and live a new life. Today Jesus, I give my life to you and trust in you. Holy Spirit, I welcome you into my heart. Father God, I receive your love and thank you for changing me and giving me a new life as I put my faith in your son Jesus and follow Him. Yes, and Amen"
TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SINS
“Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God” (1 John 3:9). As a follower of Jesus, you may sin from time to time, but you should not continue to live a deliberate sinful lifestyle. Putting your faith in Jesus means that you are turning away from doing things your way and pursuing your new life with God. You are now you pursuing a life of worship with God and He has given you His Spirit and His church to help you.
If you have decided to believe in Jesus or want to know more, please contact us.
Send us an email and if you live on the Coffs Coast come along to our next Sunday service so we can say hello in person and meet other people who are following the way of Jesus, experiencing God's incredible love.
If you're not local, we can help you find a Jesus centred church where you can grow in your new faith with others.