Do you have questions about life?
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Why am I here?
The Bible tells us that every human being has been created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) so that we might know him and have a personal relationship with him. As such, every human being, regardless of their gender, race, culture or background, has great dignity and value to God. Although he has made us all differently, God loves each one of us the same, valuing each of us for who we are before him. In creating us to have a personal relationship with himself, God's purpose was that we might share our lives with him, to experience his love, know his peace in our hearts and find fulfilment through living our lives according to his purposes.
What's gone wrong in the world?
One of the abilities bestowed upon men and women by God, as a part of being made in his image, was the ability to choose, including the choice as to whether we live life God's way or our own. Sadly, we have rejected God's way and chosen our own (Romans 3:10-18). And we are suffering the consequences of our actions. Firstly our actions have brought us under God's righteous judgement for rebelling against his laws (Romans 3:23). Secondly, our sin has brought about a breach in our relationship with God (Isaiah 59:2). Thirdly, our sin has spoiled our lives and our world. This has resulted not only in the human suffering and anguish we see in the world, but also the sense of meaninglessness and emptiness we experience in life. As the character, Brian Lane, said in the BBC drama, New Tricks, "You can't live a life worth living when its rotten at the core."
What hope is there in life?
Although we have turned our backs upon God and his plans for our lives, he has not turned his back upon us. In love he entered the very world he created in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus demonstrated the way God loves us and what he can do in our lives through the way he reached out to everyone who would welcome him, the religious and the non-religious, the rich and the poor, alike. He healed the sick, he welcomed the outcasts of society, he called ordinary men and women to follow him. More than that he taught and demonstrated in his own lifestyle what it means to live life in relationship with God. Many people would argue that to live life God's way would be dull and boring, but Jesus' life was anything but that. Ultimately Jesus was rejected, and even those who were close to him turned their backs on him. However, he made it quite clear throughout his ministry, that his death would not be a tragic accident, but the very reason for his coming into the world (Matthew 16:21; John 10:17-18).
When Jesus died on the cross, he demonstrated God's love for us as offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sin once and for all (1 John 4:9-10; 1 Peter 3:18). On the third day, Jesus was raised back to life, so that we might have a new start in life.
How is this relevant to my life today?
It is understandable if we feel, "but, this all happened so long ago, surely it can't do anything for me here and now!" However, if Jesus rose from the dead, then he is alive today! And if that is the case, then what he offers still stands today as it did two thousand years ago. It means that if we come to him in faith and repentance (an act of turning away from living life for ourselves), we can discover the forgiveness of sins (Romans 3:23-25), peace with God Romans 5:1) and life in all its fullness (John 10:10) in this life and eternal life in the next (John 3:16). Sir James Simpson the Scientist who discovered the uses of Chloroform as an anaesthetic for use in surgery famously declared, "The greatest discovery I ever made was that I am a great sinner and the Christ is a great Saviour."
As the followers of Jesus, here at KBC, that is what we have discovered for ourselves! As we said before, we don't have the answers to all the questions, but we have discovered for ourselves that what Jesus said and did is true and really does work; he has changed our lives!
How can I become a Christian?
Becoming a Christian is not difficult, but it does require sincerity on our part; we have to mean what we say. If that is what you want to do, then simply come before God in prayer and take the following steps:
|that you have broken God's laws and deserve his righteous judgement. Accept before him that you cannot save yourself, but that he has provided a perfect answer for our need in the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ.|
|that God loves you, and because he loves you, Jesus died on the cross to bear the punishment of your sin. Thank him that because he did so, you can be completely forgive of everything you have done wrong. Having done so, now invite the risen Jesus to come into your heart and life, and make you into a new person.|
|your life into God's hands and to following Jesus Christ in every aspect of your life from now on.|
|to someone else what you have done, as this will help to re-inforce the truth of your decision to follow Jesus.|
When we make a decision to follow Jesus, we may or may not feel different within. But if we have been sincere in our actions, then God fully accepts what we have done, and we can be assured of the promises he gives to us in the Bible:
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." (Romans 10:9-10).
When we become a Christian, it is important that we quickly implement the means that will enable us to grow in our new life, including:
Reading the Bible:
|the Bible is God's word and tells us of his plans and purposes for us. A good place to begin is with one of the gospels, such as 'Mark'.|
|this is like a lifeline, which will provide us the strength to follow Jesus.|
Become a part of a local church:
|as this will give you the support, encouragement and guidance that you need.|
If you want to know more, then please do not hesitate to get in touch, or why not find out more about doing an Alpha Course?
King’s Baptist Church, Stotfold