Our Mission as a church is to help people to soar in their relationship with
Jesus Christ. This relationship begins with the gospel, the good news of God’s
grace to sinners which can either be believed, received, and trusted or it can
be ignored, disbelieved, and rejected.
As it often happens, the good news is truly good in light of the bad news.
The bad news is that we are all born in a state of separation from God. There’s a long story behind this but by our very nature we are self-centered and self-serving rather than God-centered and God-serving; we each carry a great amount of pride which dismisses any need for God (we don't need help and we don’t want to be told what we can or cannot do, what’s right or wrong, how we’re to be or to behave); and we exhibit all too human propensity to muck things up. Even though this is just "how we are," it doesn’t work in a relationship with the true and holy God. In fact, it severs relationship.
The good news is that the holy God is infinitely loving and full of grace. The good news is that God responded to our greatest need: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ]..." (John 3:16a). As an act of love, God met our greatest need for forgiveness and eternal life. He gave us His Son. Christ died for our sins.
Yet, how we can benefit from what God did? It's in the second half of the sentence: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ] that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). The only thing we can do is believe the message; trust Jesus Christ to give you eternal life with God. "For this is the will of My Father,” Jesus says, “that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life" (John 6:40). The apostle Paul says the person who "believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
So hear the gospel: when you were separated from God and enslaved to sin, as an act of love, God sent His Son to rescue and redeem you back to Himself. Christ died for your sins and for your salvation. Acknowledge your need. Receive His grace. Trust Jesus for your relationship with God. He will forgive you, impute to you His righteousness, and give you His Holy Spirt. Whoever believes has everlasting life. Whoever trusts Jesus Christ stands before God righteous, forgiven, and eternally secure!
This is the first step. Believe in Jesus Christ and be saved.