God is God, and we are not.
God created us and sustains us, and therefore, has absolute authority over our lives. Out of His love and for His glory He made us in His image, so that we would seek to honor Him as the true Creator and reflect His glory in the world.
Look at what the Bible says about God’s position of authority:
“…He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.” —COL 1:16
We have rebelled against God.
Instead of seeking God, we rebel against God’s authority and choose to live our own way. Failure to recognize God’s authority is sin, and the penalty for our sin is death–not just physical death, for all men die–but eternal separation from God in hell. We rightly deserve this judgment for failing to honor our Creator.
Look at what the Bible says about man and his problem:
“The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.” —PS 14:2
“No one is truly wise, no one is seeking God… for everyone has sinned; we all fall short of His glorious standard.” —ROM 3:11, 23
Christ is the solution.
God sent His Son Jesus Christ to this world. Although Jesus had no sin of His own, He endured the punishment of sin by being killed on an execution device called a cross. He endured God’s wrath, not for Himself since He had no sins to pay for, but as a willing substitute for all believing sinners. His punishment in our place satisfied the rightful wrath of God, making it possible for us to be made right with Him and receive eternal life. But Christ didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead and will one day judge all men.
Look at what the Bible says about Christ and His solution:
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.” —ROM 5:8–9
God commands us to repent and believe.
God commands us to repent from our rebellion and to trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. We must admit that we are rebels against God and rely only on Jesus’ death to pay for our sins. He desires to place His Spirit in us, to give us a new heart, an entirely new perspective, so that we will reflect His glory back into the world that rejected Him. How will you respond to Jesus? Will you now turn from your sin and put your trust in Him?
Look at how the Bible instructs us to respond:
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” —LUKE 9:23
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” —ACTS 16:31
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” —JOHN 3:36
THE NEXT STEPS
If you are beginning a relationship with God, let us encourage you that you are not alone! We are all in the process of growing in our relationship with Christ. We are all learning and journeying together. Here are some steps we encourage you to take to help you grow spiritually.
- Find spiritual community. The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. At CCC we promote community in smaller contexts we call Life Groups, where you can be known and find the encouragement and support you need on your journey of faith.
- Grow in knowledge. Pick up a Bible and begin to read. Our Resource Center offers various books that can help you understand what you are reading. We’d also encourage you to join a Life Education class, where you can learn how to read and understand the Bible for yourself.
- Live it out. Don’t ever let your learning get out past your obedience. The more you learn, the more responsible you will be for your actions. Put into practice the things you are learning. Don’t worry; God will lead you as you talk to Him in prayer. He will be your guide.
- Make a commitment to a church family. Committing to a church family is an important step, because it is a formal pledge to a group of other believers. This commitment, which we call Membership at CCC, also allows you to be under the spiritual oversight of pastors who will encourage you. If you’d like to learn more, a good place to start would be our Second Sunday Lunch.
- Serve. Discover the gifts that God has placed in you, and look for ways to serve the church and your community. You can find a list of ways to serve on our How To Serve page.
If you have questions or would like to talk to someone about this important decision in your life, please call the church office at 574.267.8973.