How can I become a Christian? Well, the answer is the gospel. You see, the gospel is the good news of what Jesus has done for you and for me. We call it good news, because that’s precisely what it is. It’s good news for you and for me. Now, let’s think about that.
We call it news because something really happened. Jesus came to Earth. He really walked around. He was a real person. He really taught. He really interacted with people. He lived a sinless and perfect life that led to the cross. At the cross, Jesus suffered a horrible and yet sacrificial death for the sin of the world. And then three days later, rose again in victory, forever demonstrating that he is the son of God and that he has the power to save us.
That’s what happened. That’s the news.
The reason it’s good news is because there’s an invitation for me and for you today, in this very moment, to give our lives through faith to Christ. The reason it’s good news is that you and I though we fall short, though we are sinful people with nothing to offer.
We have a way to stand before God forgiven and declared righteous. If you and I place our faith in the finished work of Christ, then his sacrifice gets applied to us in a way that transforms our life. Here at Trinity Baptist Church. it’s our desire to help you come into a saving relationship with Jesus that’s based on faith and repentance. The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that for God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever would believe in him would not perish, but instead have eternal life.
That’s what Jesus offers: life and life abundance. I’m urging you, if you’re hearing this today and you’re ready to commit your life to Jesus, would you reach out to us so that we can pray with you and walk alongside you in this journey of faith? The Gospel really is good news, and it’s good news for all people.
There is no greater gift, and we have no greater giver than the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s pray that every day we will turn our hearts to the giver, acknowledging him and praising him with a heart of gratitude for everything he is.
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