The Good News

We believe that in the beginning, the LORD God created the heavens and the earth and made man in His image to reflect His glory and nature. As the just and righteous Creator, God exercises sovereign rights over His creatures, having designed man for the express purpose of His worship. Put simply, man was made to worship God and this worship is God's rightful due as Creator.

Man, therefore, is accountable to God and must uphold the perfect standard for which he was created, namely, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. But our father, Adam, rebelled—falling short of the glory of God—and we have inherited his rebellion. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, the curse of sin and death entered into creation through their rebellion. Now, we are all born as sinners in our very nature, meaning sin corrupts all we do and has mastery over us. As sinners, we are condemned to death and hell, for God will not deny Himself the justice due His name and must punish any violation of His personal rights. 

But God, being gracious and merciful, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, saved us from condemnation in Jesus Christ. For God has demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. So, in order to reconcile a sinful people to a holy God, the Father sends His Son, Jesus Christ, God in flesh, to bear His wrath for our sins through His propitiatory death on the cross. Jesus became sin, though He knew no sin, bearing our rebellion in His body on the cross, so that through Him, we might be made right with God. As He died, the penalty for our sin was paid. And when He rose three days later, He proclaimed power over sin and death, reversing the curse that entered into creation. 

Now to anyone who receives Jesus, who believes in His name, He grants them the right to become children of God. Everyone who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus alone to make them right with God will be reconciled to God forever. This is the good news: that a holy God reconciles sinful men to Himself by the substitutionary death of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.