The Gospel is for sinners
Salvation is through grace alone. No one deserves it nor can anyone do enough good to earn it. The good news is that salvation is free to all those who will stop trying and start trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The Good News, The Gospel
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As you travel through Thousand Oaks or anywhere on the highway, your safety depends on your willingness to heed the warning signs posted. The same is true in life.
You cannot reach Heaven on your own! The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God!” Many well-meaning, sincere, even moral men and women have tried and failed. Doing good, attending church, or helping the poor, though honorable, are not sufficient to open the door to God’s Heaven. The Scripture says that salvation is “not by works of righteousness which we have done!” Because of our sin, we stand guilty and justly condemned before a holy God.
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” You see, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a sinless man to be condemned in our place. Through his death on the cross He paid the penalty for our sin providing pardon and offering eternal life as a free gift. This allows God to be just and still forgive us as sinners. If today you will turn from trusting yourself, confess your sin, and place your faith in Jesus Christ alone, God’s Word says you “shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture. There are many books that can change your thinking, but only one book, the Bible, that can change your nature and your eternal destiny.
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
If you would like to know more about God’s free gift of salvation, please call, email, or visit with us. Merging onto the upward way will bring exciting life with Christ now and eternal life at the end of your road!