God's Story

Our Problem 

We all have problems in life. Some of the problems are of our own making. Other problems just happen because of things around us. Natural and unnatural forces seemingly conspire against us to keep us from being the best we can be. We are all 'infected' by this condition. Scriptures (The Bible) call this condition and consequences - sin. As much as we hate to admit it, we aren't perfect either, and we contribute the condition of humanity in ways that are not always healthy. This sinful condition creates an unnatural separation between us and God.  

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God(Romans 3:23). Our sin separates us from God who is holy (righteous & just). Therefore, God must judge sinful man.

"Your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers." (Isaiah 59:2) 

We can't solve our own problem without help.

Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, works, morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. No matter what kind of person you are, we are all in the same boat. We all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, moral man, and religious man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that all people are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10)

"He (God) saved us, not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. Since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life." (Titus 3:5-7)

"What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about (but not before God). For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness." (Romans 4:1-5)

No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect in righteousness and justice. Because of this, God cannot have fellowship with anyone who does not have righteousness. In order to be accepted by God, we must be as good as God is. Before God, we all stand helpless, and hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to heaven or give us eternal life. What then is the solution?

God's Solution

"But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To 'sin' means to miss the mark. 

How God helps us past our problem.

God is not only perfectly holy, but He is also perfect in love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope and a solution.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

This is the good news of the Bible, the message of the gospel. It’s the message of the gift of God’s own Son who became man (the God-man), lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, and was raised from the grave proving both the fact He is God’s Son and the value of His death for us as our substitute.

Romans 1:4 "(Jesus) Who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 4:25 "He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification."

2 Corinthians 5:21 "God made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the right-eousness of God."

1 Peter 3:18 "Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit."

How Do We Receive God’s Solution?

Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.

John 1:12 "But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children."

John 3:16-18 "For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God."

This means we must each come to God the same way: 

(1) as a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness, 

(2) realizes no human works can result in salvation, and

(3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.

If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, you may want to express your faith in Christ by a simple prayer acknowledging your sinfulness, accepting His forgiveness and putting your faith in Christ for your salvation.

If you have just trusted Jesus Christ, you need to learn about your new life and how to walk with Jesus as your guide. That's why Jesus established the church - a group of imperfect people who are learning Jesus' principles for life. Of course, we'd love to have you explore life with us a LifeQuest. If you'd like to know more, you can show up on Sunday at 10:00 AM, but it might be a great idea to contact Pastor Jon, to receive encouragement, and explore other possibilities for growing in your new faith and life. We hope to see you soon on our quest for life together!

You can also click here to go to the website for The HOPE Project, an epic 80-minute dramatic motion picture of the story of God's promise for all people as revealed in the Bible. If you are looking for hope and a reason to believe, or if you are just curious about what it means to have faith in God, this is a fresh new way the God's Story is told in a relevant way.