IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – COLOSSIANS 1:16
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – JOHN 14:6
“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” – JOHN 17:3
“And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” – COLOSSIANS 1:18-19
If Jesus is the author of creation, the author of our salvation, is the answer to our really big problems, is who we were made to centre our lives around, then the greatest purpose in life would be to make him known. This is why we exist to make Jesus known and are passionate about evangelizing the unbeliever to belief, discipling to maturity, and living in community as an expression of Jesus’ love.
THE GOOD NEWS
The Bible begins with God telling us that we were made for relationship with him. We lost our relationship with God through sin, and are brought back into that relationship through Jesus Christ!
To put it another way, we are so lost and broken that we cannot find God ourselves, so God has come to find and save us. This is the Gospel.
Jesus Christ became a man and lived the life we could not live. He transfers all his righteousness to us. Not only does Jesus gift us his perfect life and righteousness, but Jesus willingly took the punishment that we deserved for our imperfect, rebellious lives. His death on the cross reconciled us to God, and when he rose from the dead, Jesus demonstrated that death had no hold on him, nor on any who entrust their lives and souls to him. Therefore, we exist to imitate God (Galatians 5:1) by showing love towards our neighbour, our brother and sister, and our enemy by sharing that the only true and lasting hope is found in Jesus and Jesus alone.
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“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. … For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-15, 17-21
Our gatherings and groups will focus on Jesus: His person, His work, and His teachings, as we seek to bring our lives under Jesus’ loving and good rule.