This page was composed by a credentialed teacher in California who loves Jesus. "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 1:14
The Simple Truth
The truth of the Bible is really a simple message. God loves you so much that he sent his Son to die for you. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. Jesus became a man, suffered and died on a cross so that you may be forgiven of your sins and be with him in heaven. To be with God we need to be cleansed of all our sins. Jesus did this for us on the cross. We all fall short of being without sin (Romans 3:23). Sin and God have no place together. Jesus saves us from the effect of our sins. Our sins keep us apart from God while we are here on Earth and after we die. Jesus makes you right with God by taking away your sins. Our sins are wiped out, so to speak.
Jesus rose into heaven after death on the cross to show us that he conquered death and we can, too! If you accept Jesus into your life, he will be with you right now and when your life on Earth is finished.
The simple message is: make Jesus an everyday priority in your life. What you do, and what you don't do, won't secure a place for you in heaven; it's what Jesus did that will if you believe in him and accept him into your life.
Many people believe that if they are "good" they will end up in heaven. This belief puts more value on what a person does, rather than what Christ did. We are saved from an existence apart from God only by what Jesus did. All sin is washed away by what Jesus did on the cross for those who choose to believe in him. We are a new person after we accept Jesus into our lives and what we do from that point on is evidence of his love within us, and as the Bible says, we "serve one another humbly in love."
Jesus tells us the simple message of the gospel:
....they asked Jesus, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" He answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
As a result of our belief in Jesus as our Lord and Savior and our belief that he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, we will follow him into heaven. Through his mercy, we are saved from an eternal existence apart from him, and by his grace, we are given an eternal afterlife with him.
By accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior your sins are washed away, and you are made right with God. Jesus is our only way to a right relationship with God. Jesus provides us direct access to God as we earnestly and humbly pray for help and direction.
We are all sinners and don't deserve what God in his mercy and grace is offering. God is merciful in not condemning us for our sins. God wants us to have a loving relationship with Him while we are here on Earth. He also wishes that we all have everlasting life. Everlasting life is a gift that comes by what Jesus did to forgive us of our sins and make us right with God the Father and enter into heaven.
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:22-24.
It's so great to have a close relationship with God and lead a life that honors him and his commandments! This kind of life is not a narrow or restricted life, but instead a life in which there is greater freedom apart from the bondage of sin. The Bible enhances and directs our lives keeping us from the adverse effects of sin.
"Enter in at the straight gate; for wide is the gate that leads to destruction, and many are which go in there." Matthew 7:13.
Choosing the wide gate allows us to do whatever we please. However, the Bible explains that the wide gate leads to destruction, that is, an existence apart from God after death. In addition, the wide gate doesn't make life easier and definitely not more fulfilling. Quite the contrary, choosing the wide gate compounds problems and what makes it even worse, we are all alone to face them. How glorious and fulfilling it is to live with God day by day. And how great it is that we are free to choose to enter in through the straight gate and be with our Lord Jesus Christ when this life ends.
"Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way which leads to life, few find it." Matthew 7:14
Many people end up going through the wide gate, but you don't have to. Follow Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to enter your heart. Once this happens you will be changed, and your life will take on a whole new meaning and purpose. With the Holy Spirit, you will be comforted, and he will help you to become free from the hold that sin has upon your life.
Questions to think about:
Why was I born?
Why did God create me?
There are reasons and purposes for our lives.
Jesus is saying to you, "Follow me."
Develop a relationship with Jesus and he will lead you.
If you make the following of Jesus the most important part of your life, you will discover the purpose of your life.
So, go out and find your purpose with Jesus and live a life which glorifies him.
Glorify him and pray: "Out of my life may Jesus shine."
In the Bible in Matthew 5:16 it says, "...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Statement of Faith
My statement of faith begins with the premise that the Bible is God's infallible written Word.
I believe that it is fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is without error in the original manuscripts. There is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God, the Living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and atoned for the sins of people by dying on the cross as their substitute; He accomplished salvation for those who believe in Him by this action. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. Men and women were originally created in the image of God, but they disobeyed God and are, thus, separated from their Creator. Man's nature is imperfect, and, apart from Christ, man is unable to totally please God. It is the privilege of all people who ask God for salvation to be born again and thus be assured of their salvation from the instant at which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based on any action on their part but by the action of God. Every believer is called to live a life that is in a process of being conformed to the likeness of God. This is only possible via the power of the Holy Spirit who strengthens the believer so that he will resist sinful temptations and will overcome sin to the glory of God.