If you're like many people today, you've heard the name of Jesus. For over 2000 years people have debated the identity of this man who turned the world upside down. He's been labelled as a religious leader, a good teacher, a political revolutionary or even just a really good man.
But what about you - who do you say Jesus is?
The answer is found in the pages of Scripture. The Bible tells us that Jesus was indeed a man, giving details of his birth and death, but the Bible also tells us that Jesus was God incarnate - literally God in human form. He was born miraculously, conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit, and at the appointed time was crucified on a Cross. He the promised Saviour who came into the world to save us from our sins and set us free.
But 'free' from what? That is the 'gospel' - the good news that Jesus brings! We really can be free from our past, from guilt and shame, from the power of sin, from insignificance and despair, and free to have a personal and transforming relationship with God. Jesus came to set us free. He died, was buried in a tomb, but then three days later he rose from the dead victorious over death. He made it possible for us to be reconciled back to God [1 Peter 2:24], offering forgiveness and the free gift of eternal life to all who willingly turn away from their sins and place their trust in Him.
That's the crux - we get to choose. The Bible tells us that everyone has fallen short of God's 'perfection' [Romans 3:23] and cannot deal with our sin by ourselves [Romans 6:23]. But by personally receiving Jesus as your Saviour we become brand new creations [2 Corinthians 5:17] and are accepted into God's family [Ephesians 1:15]. Eternal life begins the moment anyone receive Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
If you've recently become a Christian, you're next steps are crucial in putting great foundations in place to grow in your relationship with God. Receiving Jesus into your life is only the first step in what will be an incredible journey.
The ALPHA course is for those looking to find out more about Christianity or just want to build good foundations! It is a series of teaching and interactive sessions to discuss the Christian faith in a relaxed and totally non-pressured environment. The course is for everyone - no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.
The course runs across all Kings Campuses throughout the year. Just come along for the first session and see what you think! For more information see www.alpha.org
Jesus' last words in the book of Matthew were than his followers should believe and be baptised [Matthew 28:19]. His last words should be our first priority. Baptism, by full immersion in water, is an outward expression of an inward decision to live for Jesus. It symbolises that Jesus has 'cleansed' our sins as we identify with his death and resurrection. It's also a powerful reference point in our personal journey with Jesus, that our lives have been transformed!