Everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Maybe you think He’s a great teacher or a prophet? Maybe you think He was a good man? Whatever you believe, we can probably agree that Jesus changed things. That we all know!
Jesus claimed that he knew God.
No big deal, right? Plenty of people make the same claim. But Jesus also said He was God. And this upset the religious leaders of His day so much that they killed Him. What was even more amazing was that he rose from the dead. That means he's alive today.
But that was 2,000 years ago, so why does it matter to you now? How does it affect your life now in your 9 to 5, taking care of your kids, paying bills, or just keeping your head above water? Consider these words of Jesus.
I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” John 14:6
It matters because when we know Jesus, we can know God. God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose and a plan for your life that is far greater than anything you and I can come up with. In knowing Christ, we can know God's purpose for our life and we don't have to guess. So why guess when you can know?
You don't have to be perfect.
Trust me, you don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know Him. There is no list that have to follow and that gets you in good with God. You just have to take a step of faith and belief. Check this out:
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
It's what we believe in our heart that makes a difference. It's not getting your life right first. It's not even following a certain set of religious rules. It's a belief that his death on the cross made me right with God. It's the belief that he came back to life from the dead to give me life. All parts of my life. And what's more powerful, it's a free gift from God.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesian 2:8-9
That free gift is for you! So, why not take that step and believe today? Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. The best is yet to come!
Recently made a decision to follow Jesus?
1. Tell someone.
Tell us! Seriously, we want to celebrate with you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell someone else also. Tell a friend. Tell a family member. It's important to share your experience with someone else.
2. Get connected in a local church.
Why? It's important to grow your faith and that best happens with others. Being a part of a church helps you grow in your understanding of God. It gives you the chance to serve, experience faith, be encouraged and connect with others who are on the same journey as you. Just know that you are welcome here at Turning Point Church! Come attend, grow and ask the questions you want to ask.
3. Read God's Word.
If you want to know more of what it means to follow Christ, it's good to read about what he taught. Its important to take his truths and begin to learn, understand and live them. There are a ton of great resources but here are a couple to get you started. Check out these reading plans called What's Next? or The Journey.
4. Know God, 1.0 Class.
We have a very informal class that we put together for people who are still asking questions about Christ. It’s called, ‘Know God’. No worries, it’s laid back and an easy way to ask questions. Check out our events page for the next class.