Who Is Jesus?

The Good News

Many spend their lives trying to earn God’s approval by following rules,

attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only

way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship

with Jesus Christ.

1) God loves you.

Because of God’s love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken

fellowship with Him.

(John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)

2) You are a sinner.

All persons are “sinners” in that they disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your

own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God.

(Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)

3) Sin separates you from God.

Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship

with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with

God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls Hell.

(Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)

4) You can’t save yourself.

People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier

between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to

restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation.

(Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)

5) God sent His son Jesus to remove the sin barrier.

What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a

barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the

cross for you and then rose from the dead to demonstrate that His payment

was acceptable to God. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a

way for relationship with God.

(1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)

6) You can receive Jesus Christ through faith.

Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own

efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to

put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you.

Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to

turn away from sin.

(John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)

7) Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.

Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your

sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior

and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.

If you just prayed to receive Christ for the first time, please give us a call (256-704-5678 ext 501) or email us and let us know! We would love to help you grow, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey!

Common Faith Questions

Am I good enough to go to heaven?

Nope. Not on your own. But the great news is that you don’t have to try to go it

alone!

Although it may sound harsh, the Bible says no one is good enough to go to

heaven on their own. According to scripture, even our good deeds are like filthy

rags. (Isaiah 64:6) It also says that all men have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), all

have sinned (Romans 3:23), and none are worthy (Romans 3:10).

Which makes the love of God even that much sweeter.

You’re not good enough to go to heaven on your own, but Jesus has prepared

the way for you. He lived the perfect life you couldn’t live, and died the death

you should’ve died, paying the sacrifice you couldn’t pay.

You’re not good enough to get to heaven on your own, but Jesus is. And he

says, “Follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Is Jesus really the only way?

Yes. But don’t take our word for it. Because Jesus himself said, “I am the way,

the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Many people try many ways to get to heaven. But only one man lived a perfect

life, and paid the sacrifice for you. His name is Jesus. Though there have been a

lot of great men and women throughout history, none were the Son of God like

Jesus was. So none could live the life He lived, die the death he died, and offer

you true life like he does.

What makes the Bible different from other religious books? Can we trust it?

We believe you can, but we also recognize that there is a faith step required in

that trust.

The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible word. God has preserved exactly

what we need “that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4) in the pages of

Scripture. The picture that the Bible itself paints is that Scripture is “breathed out”

by God, useful for “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in

righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

But to fully trust something, you’ve got to take a step of faith. And trusting the

Bible is no different. Read it for yourself. Wrestle with its claims. Live out the

truths is calls us to live out. Find out for yourself its trustworthiness.

What translation should I read?

There are plenty of good translations that we’d suggest. The English Standard Version is a nice, “readable” translation that

stays true to the original text.

The New Living Translation is one that’s a little easier to understand, especially if

you’re reading through the Scriptures with your children. It’s written on a 5th

grade reading level.

Either translation is good.

Though there are many other good translations to choose from, these are two

we’d suggest if you’re exploring scripture for the first time.

Is Hell a real place?

Yes, it sure is. Jesus talked about it. He said it was a place where the suffering

never ends (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:48). It’s a curse worse than “being drowned

in the sea.” (Mark 9:42) The pain of Hell will produce “weeping and gnashing of

teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)

Hell is the place reserved for those who reject Jesus in this life.

Hell is a real place, is scary, and is (unfortunately) coming for many people. This

grieves us, and motivates us to live self-sacrificially so that others might see the

beauty of Christ that we see.

Can I lose my salvation?

When you sincerely give your life to Christ, no you can’t. Here’s what Jesus said:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them

eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my

hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is

able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29

Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8) that God doesn’t take away (Philippians 1:6).

When someone is living in a pattern of sin, a better question to ask might be,

“Was I ever saved?” We know that people saved by God live a changed life. If

someone isn’t living a changed life, there’s the real (and scary) chance that

they’re not saved. To which we’d reply, “Be Saved”!

Salvation is too precious of a gift for God to remove it once given. God gives us

His Holy Spirit a deposit guaranteeing His fulfillment. (Ephesians 1:14) When He

gives the Holy Spirit, He doesn’t take that away.

Do I have to be baptized?

Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for new believers.

The water we use isn’t special. Touching it doesn’t save anyone… it’s Jesus that

does that. Baptism is a picture and a celebration of the work that Jesus has done

in a person’s heart.

I just got “saved,” now what?

• Contact Richard Hendrix at ext. 507, or by email, for more information on

baptism, getting involved in a small group, and joining our church.