WHAT WE BELIEVE
What you believe will determine how you live!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NIV)
God created and desires a relationship with all people. The basis of that relationship is God's love in Jesus Christ. God took responsibility for our sin through Jesus when Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself on the cross. Salvation is an offer that comes as a gift. It cannot be earned. We can only receive it with empty hands, with a trusting heart. Grace means gift. It is intended for sinners (everyone) to free them from sin's curse and power. In Jesus we are made into a new creation. When we receive this new life, God lifts all condemnation and judgement that we once deserved.
The gift God gives through His Son, Jesus Christ, is received in the same way that any gift is received, by faith or trust. It means taking God at His word, that what is offered is good, and that it is for us. God honors faith with forgiveness of sins, new life and salvation.
The Bible is God's true and trustworthy word that teaches us the thoughts and actions of God. The Bible instructs a person on a great deal of truth and wisdom. However, its most important task is to bring us into a relationship with the God of love and mercy revealed in the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible wants you to know that you can have a life without judgement and condemnation, without fear or shame by trusting in Jesus. The basis for us knowing God's love is grace. The basis for us living a good life is gratitude.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with judgement. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us."