A walk with God is an eternal journey. His depth and His wisdom are far beyond our ability to explore within the confines of a website – or even a lifetime. But we wanted to present a few of the basics of what Brandon Christian Fellowship is all about. Included in this are the 4 Spiritual Laws you may have heard about before. While these laws are not the only things we believe in – they are a decent foundation to begin a relationship with God, the Father, through the grace given to us through Jesus.
• We believe that the Word of God is the only doctrine ordained by God Himself.
• All of our “religion” comes from the life-giving words found from Genesis to Revelation.
• All of the messages from the pastor are based upon the truth found in scripture and the friendship that has formed between God and our people as the Word of God gives life to our spirits.
• All of the songs we sing are songs inspired by the Bible and our relationship with God.
• We believe the word of James 1:27 which says:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
As a church, we feel that this offers a good direction for us to follow. Individuals are what make up the church, however, and for them to have a relationship with the living God we present these 4 spiritual laws as a very basic foundation for faith:
God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life. An eternal plan for an eternal life.
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”
(John 3:16 NIV).
[Christ speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing this abundant life?
Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.
Man Is Sinful
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independant way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated
“The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God]
The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf…
Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
He Died in Our Place
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, CHrist died for us”
He Rose From the Dead
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures… He appears to Peter, then to the twelve. after that He appeared to more than five hundred…”
(I Corinthians 15:3-6).
He Is the Only Way to God
“jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'”
This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
It is not enough just to know these three laws…
We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12)
We Receive Christ Through Faith
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth (Read John 3:1-8.)
We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him”
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sings and make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.
These two circles represent two kinds of lives:
The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer (Prayer is talking to God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is suggested prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, we invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
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