For non believers, new believers and anyone that finds it helpful :)
Most of us know (or have heard the story) that God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice his life by dying on the cross for our sins. If you aren’t a believer, this may not make a lot of sense to you. Even if you are a believer it might not make sense. That’s okay.
Lots of questions surround this topic. Why was that the way God needed to save us? Why did Jesus have to die in order for us to live and be shown grace, mercy and forgiveness? Faith is what comes when you understand that God’s plan and God’s purpose are bigger than we are, and that we aren’t going to fully understand all of it. We aren’t even supposed to. But Faith comes when you understand that, and still fully know God’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice.
Not everyone has had that connection, or a relationship with God. When you have, you know how real God’s love is and you’ve seen and felt Jesus’ rescue. But when you haven’t, you often don’t understand people that have, and you may even wonder what in the world they’re thinking or talking about. That’s okay too.
If you’re not a believer or haven’t had that connection before, we believe it’s usually because of a bad introduction that was likely experienced due to a messed up narrative of God’s message. The reason we say this, is because no matter who you are or where you’ve been or what you’ve done, you are special to God. And with that, he is, and always has been, pursuing you. Whether it was the right message or not, you've probably heard some version of it before. Maybe someone you know had an idea about God or the message and shared it with you. Maybe you've asked someone about it. Maybe done some research. Or visited a church. If you’ve looked into God’s message or tried out a Church or other means for an introduction but didn’t feel comfortable, it was probably a poor introduction or interpretation of His love.
See, over time and through many interpretations, “The Church,” has in many cases, misinterpreted or misconstrued God’s message. "The Church" could mean an actual church itself and/or a sermon you heard. Or it could just mean people that were there or the feeling you got from your experience at a church. But if you’ve ever been to a church or other gathering and felt judged or uncomfortable, that wasn’t on behalf of God. If you’ve been told you can’t be saved because of things you’ve done, that wasn’t God or his message. If you were told you aren’t dressing right, acting right, walking right, talking right, that didn’t come from Jesus or God.
A few key points to take away:
1.) Jesus came here to sacrifice himself and die on the cross for ALL of us. There’s not one of us that’s excluded and there’s no one beyond saving. Jesus’ sacrifice was our rescue from our own damnation. God sent his son so that we all could have Grace and eternal life through the rescue mission by our savior, Jesus Christ. There’s not one of us that’s a ‘better christian’ than another. There’s no one that’s ‘more perfect.’ No one more worthy than another. We’re all perfect in God’s eyes and JESUS SAVED US ALL. In fact, throughout the bible, we read stories of God and Jesus choosing people like tax collectors (known as some of the lowest of the low for that time), thieves, prostitutes and even murderers as disciples. He proved to us that no one was beyond saving. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, God’s still chasing you, he still loves you, and there’s still grace for you through our savior, Jesus Christ.
2.) These people or situations or experiences that have made you feel judged have actually come from sin itself. There’s an issue (or sin) that can develop in the life of many long time Christians. They’ve walked the walk and talked the talk for so long, that there can be a personality complex that starts to form making them feel like they’ve got it all figured out. This complex they have may make you feel like you’re less than them or that they’re looking down on you, and unfortunately, can tarnish your view of God’s message. This is a terrible introduction to the love and mission of Jesus and goes directly against what He wants you to feel. Are we saying Christians are bad? Of course not. Are we saying that all humans are sinners, YES. There’s only been one person that’s walked this earth that wasn’t a sinner, and that’s Jesus himself. So truth be told, these people that may have made you feel this way are looking at you like you need help and prayer, and in all reality, they may need just as much or more help and prayer as you do! None of us are perfect, we all have struggles, and there's no point at which you will live your life completely free of sin.
At the end of the day, we’ve said all that’s been said here to say this; Despite what you might’ve seen, heard or been told, Jesus loves you and his love is unconditional and it’s endless. There’s absolutely nothing you can do to lose it. That’s maybe the craziest part about God’s love. There’s nothing we did to earn it or deserve it, and there’s nothing we can do to lose it either. Are we worthy? We wouldn’t be. But we are because Jesus sacrificed his own perfect life in our place so that we could be shown grace, mercy and forgiveness, and be welcomed into the Kingdom Of Heaven where our Father gives us eternal life.
If you’re here and this is all new to you, we would like to send you some gifts on us. We aren’t going to ‘corner’ you. Or single you out. We won’t harass you or overwhelm you. We would just like to give you a gift so that you may find some appropriate introduction to Jesus and hopefully can find a connection and love like we’ve found. If you fill out the form below, we’ll ship you a package on us with some more literature, a bible and some helpful resources. This is our gift to you, and we cover all costs of the contents, shipping, etc., so that there's no cost to you whatsoever. You will not need payment info in order to receive the gift package, simply fill out the form below and we'll be in touch soon with tracking info. Thanks for being here and please don’t hesitate if there’s anything we can do to help, just reach out!