Heard any good news lately?

It seems that good news is hard to come by these days. Maybe your own life is no exception. If so, it’s time for you to hear some good news. Great news, actually. The best news you will ever hear.

The Bible tells us an incredible story about God. It’s a story that is still being written and a story that includes you. This story begins with God creating the universe and everything in it (Genesis 1:1) At some point, He made you! If you’ve ever wondered about your purpose in life, wonder no more. You were made for one magnificent reason: to enjoy a loving relationship with God as a part of His family.

Now, this is where we get some bad news. The Bible tells us that each of us is born separated from God because we are all born into sin (Psalm 51:5). We all do bad things (Romans 3:23) because we are all bad people (Romans 3:10-12). This can be hard to accept, since we want to believe that people are basically good and merely in need of a little improvement. To the contrary, every person is born into selfishness and sin, wanting to live our lives independent from our Creator. We are guilty of breaking God’s perfect law (James 2:10-11), and the penalty for our rebellion is death (Romans 6:23).

Here’s where the story gets even worse. Not only are we all guilty of sin and separated from God, there is nothing we can do to make things better. Maybe you’ve decided to be a better person. Maybe you went back to church, gave money to charity, sold Girl Scout cookies, or rescued a dog from the pound. Maybe you even tried to stop cussing so much. You hoped that doing more good (and/or doing less bad) would eventually tip the cosmic scales of judgment in your favor. Unfortunately, this isn't the way to make peace with God. We can never do enough right to make up for being wrong. Never.

Now comes the good news. The Bible tells us that, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)." This is great news! What we couldn’t do, God has done for us. Jesus Christ - God in human flesh (John 1:14) - came into the world He created and died on a cross for our sin (John 1:1-3). He paid the penalty for our rebellion against Him so that we could have a relationship with God again. This means we don't need to keep trying to be good enough, to earn God's approval and prove ourselves worthy of His love. He has already proven His great love to us!

Make no mistake, this good news demands a response. If you want to be forgiven of your sin and saved from its consequences, you must believe in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). If you want to know that your relationship with God has been restored, you must receive what He has done for you (Romans 10:9). You must acknowledge that there is nothing you can do to save yourself - that salvation is a gracious gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). You must admit that you’re not a good person, you’re not doing fine, and you do need a Savior. Ultimately, you must surrender control of your life to Jesus (Galatians 2:20). Are you ready?

If so, we’d love to talk with you. Please **call us** today so we can tell you more about the good news that will change your life forever.