what we believe
The Good News
In essence, we believe the good news about Jesus!
The Bible contains four biographies of Jesus life, which all tell the same story: Jesus is an amazing man with an amazing message who did amazing things with amazing results!
The heart of Jesus' message was an announcement of good news about eternal life in God's kingdom.
What's God's kingdom?!
In the time of Jesus, the Jewish people had a hope - that God would one day intervene into the mess of human-history by sending a king (the Christ) who would destroy evil, put everything right, and establish an eternal kingdom of peace and joy where God and people dwell together in perfect harmony.
Jesus came announcing the good news that God's kingdom is "near" - something we can become part of even now. You see, Jesus is the King who will put everything right (the Christ) and he demonstrated that by putting things right wherever he went. People with lifelong disabilities were healed! People oppressed by spiritual evil were set free! People afflicted (or even recently killed!) by life-threatening sicknesses were restored to health!
Wherever people put trust in Jesus, they experienced a taste of what eternal life will be like in God's kingdom.
Best of all, Jesus made it clear that anyone who trusts Jesus as their King, and turns back to God, becomes a citizen of this coming kingdom.
Though Jesus says the many bad things we've thought, said and done make us worthy of God's eternal punishment, God is willing to fully and freely forgive anyone who is truly willing to turn back to him and trust his Son, Jesus.
Isn't God bothered by the wrong things people do?!
We shouldn't think that God's willingness to forgive is a sign that he's not bothered by evil. The Bible says that God is passionately and utterly opposed to evil in all its forms, including the evil you and I have done. But Jesus came to do something remarkable so that God can freely forgive us without casually excusing our behaviour.
Jesus willingly suffered the agony and humiliation of crucifixion, as the punishment from God we deserve. Isn't that extraordinary? Though he was entirely innocent, he suffered and died in your place so that you can be spared God's punishment and welcomed into his kingdom with open arms.
One paraphrase of the Bible puts it like this: Jesus "suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all...to bring us to God." 1 Peter 3:18
As the Bible puts it elsewhere: "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:7-8
How can we be sure about Jesus and the good news?
The greatest confirmation of all this is that God physically raised Jesus to life shortly after his death. This may sound incredible, but the historical evidence for it is strong enough that even a well-respected non-Christian historian in recent times (Pinchas Lapide) came to believe it. If you want to think more about whether this message really is true, click here. And why not pray about it too?
What does this mean for me?
Essentially, instead of continuing to live life by our own rules, we need to turn back to God and let Jesus be our King - resting in the knowledge that (because Jesus has suffered for our wrongs) God will gladly forgive us if we do. New Christians are called to outwardly express that inward decision by being momentarily immersed in water (baptism). This is a very special occasion and a simple way of publicly demonstrating what's happened in our hearts.
The Bible assures us that those who truly turn back to God become citizens of his kingdom and are adopted into his family as loved and cherished children. Moreover, God's own Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, gradually changing us from the inside out, so that we become less selfish and more like Jesus.
The Christian life can be hard. It means continuing to repent when we do wrong and continuing to trust Jesus as king, even when that comes at a cost. But Christians rejoice in the knowledge that God always forgives his children when they fail, that his Spirit is there to help us, that the words of the Bible he inspired are there to guide us, that we have a spiritual family of fellow Christians to encourage us, that we are citizens of an eternal kingdom whose joys can't be compared with our temporary struggles, and that, above all, nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8).
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We believe this is the best and most important message in the world so if you have questions please do get in touch. You might also like to start reading about the life and teaching of Jesus yourself in the Bible. The gospel of Mark is a good place to start. If you'd like to read about how the good news later began to spread, try the book of Acts. For a free copy of the New Testament please do get in touch.
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what we believe in detail
For a detailed summary of what we believe, click to view the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.
why believe the good news?
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