There is more to life than money, beer and sex.
Deep down we know there is an unseen spiritual reality. Something beyond us that we hope will one day satisfy our deepest longings, and liberate us from our strongest fears.
We search for this elusive dream in a 1001 places but often the last place we look is in the Church. For most people Church is boring and irrelevant, ironically all the things its founder, Jesus Christ, never was.
The Bible teaches that God in Christ offers us real life, life as it was meant to be, life full of joy, meaning, peace and freedom. This life is available to all as free gift. The gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ. This is not so much about a quantity of life but a quality of life. It is life with a three dimensional quality.
Forgiveness for the past
Jesus came to deal with the guilt, regret and pain we all have in our lives. We have all messed things up in different ways. The Bible is honest when it says; “All have sinned, and fall short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23). Sin is any way we have failed to love God and other people. It has consequences. It cuts us off from God and it damages our relationships with others. Jesus took this sin and made it his own problem even though it was really our problem. He took the consequences of sin, our sin, including God’s anger. The cross on which Jesus died (circa 33 AD) is God’s way of offering the free gift of forgiveness. If you accept Jesus’ death on the cross for you and ask God to forgive you, your conscience is cleansed, guilt is taken away and hurts from the past are healed.
Freedom in the present
The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. When Jesus died, he paid our wages and then declared; “It is finished!” He paid our wages so completely that death no longer had any rights to him. On the third day he rose again to new life, eternal life! Jesus’ historical resurrection is proof that he is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. If we believe in Him, Jesus comes into our lives and gives us His eternal life. We can know the power of Jesus raising us out of failure, addictions and fears.