|A New Life—Starting Now||
Jesus rose from the dead, thus claiming eternal life for everyone who trusts in him. Death no longer has the final word—Jesus does.
Over 500 people saw Jesus after he rose. His disciples were so utterly certain he had risen that they gave their lives to tell the world. And throughout history up to today, countless lives have been and are being changed by faith in the risen Jesus Christ. Because eternal life isn’t just for the future—it’s for right now, practical and full of hope. The life-giving transformation in your heart ripples out to every area of your life if you’ll let it.
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.
The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 VOICE).
Need more information? Got questions? Check out the videos and other material in the Grow page.
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Maybe you’re painfully aware that you’re a sinner. You know you’re a mess, and you kick
yourself because of it. Keep reading, because hope is around the corner.
Then again, maybe you don’t think you’re so bad. People are basically good, and you’re a good
person. Sure, you slip up now and then, but hey, nobody’s perfect.
Nobody’s perfect. Not even close.
The Bible puts it frankly:
All have sinned, and all their futile attempts to reach God in
His glory fail. (Romans 3:23 VOICE).
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|What Is Sin Really?||
Such marvelous creatures, we humans! We live passionately, create brilliantly, rise to heroic heights. Our accomplishments are astonishing. We are indeed a remarkable race.
And yet . . .
Something about us is horribly broken. Busted. Just plain wrong.
You can’t watch the news for five minutes and deny it. Genocides, human trafficking, environmental destruction, the endless cycle of atrocity and revenge . . . the best in us is corrupted by the worst in us. And we don’t have what it takes to fix ourselves. If we did, we’d have done so long ago.
There’s a word for our condition: sin. It’s as relevant as today’s headlines,
or the neighbor who abuses his wife,
or the fifth-grader who cheats on a test,
or the vitriol on Facebook.
Where does it all come from? Sin goes deeper than moral failures. It’s a negative force within us, and it’s ours by nature. Some of us express it outrageously, others subtly, but all of us inevitably. That’s what it means to be a sinner. And no one’s exempt.
Including you. See Nobody’s Perfect.
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|Why you need a savior||
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15)
In Jesus Christ, God himself became one of us to heal the rift caused by sin.
There could be no other way. It took a human being, capable of sinning, to stand on our behalf
against sin. But it took a sinless and eternal being—God himself—to actually overcome sin and
close its infinite breach.
That’s who Jesus is—fully human and fully God. And that’s what he accomplished.
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)
You’ve heard that Jesus died on a cross. When he did, your sin died with him. Everything that
was stacked against you— everything
: your guilt, sin’s power over you—Jesus took into his own body and put it to death. That’s what the cross was about. It was a dagger through the heart of
The sinless life you could never live, Jesus lived for you. The death that was yours to die, he died
for you. He restored a free relationship between you and God.
But it gets even better. See A New Life—Starting Now
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