"Before time and space existed, God was. God is an eternal being that set all things in motion by the power of His voice. He created the galaxies and the atom. The birds and slugs. The stars and the ocean floors. But at the pinnacle of his creation, He created human beings in his image. All humans without exception were created to bear God’s image, be in perfect relationship with him, and experience a joyful life for all eternity.
Yet, all people have chosen to disobey God and follow the passions of our own hearts instead. Not one person has lived up to the command to worship and obey God with our whole life. From the beginning of time, mankind has not wanted to give God glory, but have operated as glory thieves. We strive to make a name for ourself, to prioritize ourself, and to live for ourself. This isn’t just someone else’s reality, this is our reality. You have sinned and fallen short of God’s call on your life. You have fractured your relationship with the God Most High. You have lost your life by attempting to gain it in elements of the world.
But God’s love for you could not be hindered by your rebellion. Instead of leaving you broken and hurting, hopeless and lifeless, God made a plan to redeem your life back to Him. While you were still an enemy of God because of your sin and rebellion, God sent His Son Jesus to bring you home. Jesus lived the perfect life that we were called to, yet died on the cross the horrific death that we were headed toward. He faced physical death, but even more, he faced the wrath of God for the sin of His people. Now, if you were to place your trust in Jesus, all your sin may be forgiven and your life may truly begin in Him. There is no other option for a sinful people to find hope and restoration. Our only hope is Jesus alone.
And now, for all who have trusted in Christ, we live a new life that is united to Him. Until we die and see our Lord face-to-face, we live as a people recreated for His glory. If you are in Christ, your life is not your own, you were bought by the blood of Jesus and now live for Him. Chains of addiction can be broken, fear and anxiety can cease, hopelessness can fade away. We are a people of hope. We are a people of power. We are a people of God."
- Andrew Rutten, Providence Church Pastor
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." Romans 10:9-10
"He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Mark 16:15
What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert -
Gospel 101 -
Bridge Diagram, sharing the gospel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQCeXkn0aMU&t=12s
Christian Formation Podcast -
The Wednesday Conversation Podcast -
Providence Church Sermons -
Knowing Faith Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/5yTDIHevaUNaIZrfp4zwhg?si=d-uitOOoSruH3o4Yxlee7A
Bible Project -
Cornerstone Church Sermons -
Ask Me Anything With J.D. Greear Podcast -
American Gospel: Christ Alone - https://www.netflix.com/title/81279408
If you are wanting to have a conversation about the gospel message or about Jesus, please shoot me a message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.