There is one true and eternal God. He is the Creator of all things and is a Personal Being who can be known. He exists in three co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We call this the ‘Trinity’ – One God, three persons. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1–4; Acts 5:3–4)
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word for us today. It’s God’s ‘Love Letter’ to humanity. It is inspired by God and written by human authors that He supernaturally directed. It is God’s truth complete for us today and without error. It is the only source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (Psalm 119:105; II Timothy 3:15–17; II Peter 1:21)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus is God showing Himself to us. He was born of the virgin Mary by a supernatural act of the Holy Spirit and lived a perfectly sinless life. He died by crucifixion on a cross and rose from the dead three days later by God’s power. He ascended to heaven where He prays for us and will return to earth at the appointed time to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:9; I Corinthians 15:3–4; I Peter 2:22; I Timothy 6:14–15)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit shows people their need for God and brings spiritual birth to individuals who receive the gift of God’s forgiveness. The Holy Spirit shows people their need for God and brings spiritual birth to individuals who receive the gift of God’s forgiveness, by trusting in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. He lives in the believer and empowers us to live an effective and powerful Christian life. He is active in the life of the Church, giving gifts to believers for the mutual benefit & strengthening of the ‘body’.
(John 16:7–13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 5:22 – 23; I Peter 4:10)
Sin began with our first human parents when they chose to disobey God. Adam and Eve were created good, but chose sin over obedience. As a result every person born after them is born with what the Bible calls a ‘sin nature’. If this sinful condition is not dealt with (through faith in Jesus and receiving His forgiveness), eternal separation from God will be the result.
(Genesis 3; Isaiah 59:1–2; Romans 5:12, 19; 6:23)
About the Church
The Church is not a club. It’s not an organization or a denomination. The Church in the New testament sense of the word is the Body of people, made up of all who have come to believe in Jesus as the Son of God and who receive Him into their lives to be the Forgiver of their sin and the Leader of their life. The universal Church is expressed locally as smaller units of Christ’s Body that gather in specific locations. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. The Church exists for the mutual edification of each Believer and to serve in the world as Jesus did.
(Acts 2:46–47; Ephesians 1:22–23; 4:11–12; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24–25)
Salvation is God’s gift made available through Jesus taking upon Himself the penalty for sin when He died on the cross. We can never attain this gift by any amount of good works we may attempt to do – it is a gift! When we trust in Jesus and receive His forgiveness, we are saved from the penalty of sin, which is eternal separation from our Creator. God went to great lengths to bring us back into relationship with Himself.
(Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; 10:9–10; Ephesians 2:8–9; John 14:6; I John 5:11–13)
It’s not just about what we say we believe, as important as that is. It’s about what we do with what we know that leads to a life that’s fulfilling and eternal (John 10:10; 3:16). That’s where ‘stepping across the line of faith’ comes in. If you would like to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and come to know the peace, purpose, & passion He provides, along with the assurance that you will spend eternity in heaven, simply talk to God and express this desire to Him. We call this ‘talking to God’ prayer. Beginning a relationship with God is the ABC’s of Christianity:
- Admit that you are separated from God because of your sin.
- Believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again from the grave.
- Confess (or ‘invite’) Him to be the Forgiver of your sin and the Leader of your life.
Beginning a relationship with Jesus is just that – it’s a beginning. Like any relationship, it will grow as we nurture it. We must do this through things like talking to God daily in prayer; regularly reading His ‘Love Letter’ to us (the Bible); connecting with other Christians in a local Church setting where we can receive support and encouragement; learning to serve and share.
We hope you will express your own desire to God to receive His forgiveness and begin a new life. However, if you are not ready to do this, we invite and encourage you to continue to ‘investigate’ answers and explore the meaning of life. Take the courageous step of connecting with a good church to help you in this process. We would love to help you in this. Feel free to contact us at Eaglemont Church!