Do you have questions like these?

Does God Really Exist?

Have you ever felt like there should be something more?  Have you ever wondered why so many people seek a path to some sort of higher plane of existence or enlightenment?  Have you ever marveled at the complexity of nature and the unexplainable order of it all?  You are not alone in this journey.  We were all created with an insatiable desire to seek out what is beyond our understanding.  This is because God created us to love Him but gives us the freedom to seek or ignore Him.  Proverbs 8:17 in the Bible says "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently, find me."  Those who have found Him will tell you that He wasn't far away at all, He was just waiting for you to start looking.

Wasn't Jesus just another preacher or prophet?

There are many folks that profess to know or at least believe in God.  When asked about Jesus, they are less sure.  Many people say that he was a good man, an influential religious leader, or even some kind of prophet.  John 1:1 states, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is followed by verse 14 of the same chapter that says, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."  Jesus himself said, "I and the Father are one."  There is no room for interpretation here.  Jesus was, is, and always will be God in human form.  This is the cornerstone of true Christian faith, the one path to redemption from sin that only God himself can provide.  Anyone else would have fallen short and victory over sin and death would have not been possible.

Aren't there many paths to heaven?

Are you a good person?  Do you give to charity or donate things to organizations?  Do you go to church when you can?  Surely God looks favorably on such things and wouldn't want to punish good people by denying them access to heaven, right?  Answer this question:  If God is who he says He is, why would He have to conform to our idea of who we think He should be?  Romans 3:23 says that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  The first part of Romans 6:23 goes on to say that the judgment for this is death and eternal separation from God.  God is perfect and will not tolerate anything less than perfection in His presence.  Since we can't be perfect, this would be a cruel fate if it weren't for the second part of Romans 6:23 which says, "...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  John 3:16 puts God's love for us in perspective, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."  So, God gets to make the rules, He's perfect and we're not, and He freely gives us a way to fix that through Jesus Christ.  If you have any further doubt, Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast."  There is only one God, there is only one voice of God, and there is only one path to God.

What must I do to be Saved?

Some people think that a personal relationship with God is difficult to understand, but it really isn't.  It's as simple as A,B,C.  Take a look:
Admit that you fall short of God's perfection because of the things you do wrong which He calls sin (Romans 3:23).
Believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, sent to earth as our only substitute for the price of our sin which is death (Romans 6:23).  He did this by enduring the pain and death of the cross, was buried, and was resurrected back to life to demonstrate God's power and love to anyone that accepts this redeemable gift (John 3:16).
Confess your belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior of your life (Romans 10:9-10).  Surrender the baggage of your old life in favor of the new one He offers to you (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Then tell others the good news about how God has restored His connection with you through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Welcome back to the family!  If you are local, please stop by and talk to the pastor about your decision.  There are some important things you will want to know about getting to know God better.  If you are outside our area, please seek out a church that can offer the support you need.  You have taken the most important step of your life and now have Jesus to walk with you along the way!