I'm new to Jesus
For many people, being a 'Christian' means knowing and believing certain teachings and doctrines. We see it more as getting to know a person, and having a relationship with that person. That person is Jesus. You say, "Well, Jesus lived on earth 2,000 years ago - how can I have a personal relationship with him now?" That's a key question. Clearly, if Jesus was merely a man, we could not 'know' him now. But the Bible claims that Jesus was not only a human being, like you and me, but also divine. We read in John 1:1,
In the beginning was the Word (referring to Jesus), and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Then in verse 14 it says,
The Word became flesh and made his home among us.
We believe Jesus is God's Son. We believe God sent him into the world to deal with the problem of sin in our lives that keeps us from experiencing the relationship that God intends and desires for us to have with him. After living on earth for some 30-plus years Jesus was put to death on a cross; but then God raised him from the dead three days later. His death was an atonement for our sins. His resurrection from the dead is the assurance that we too can live beyond this life.
John 3:16 puts it like this:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won't perish but will have eternal life.
Because Jesus is alive and spiritually with us today we can know him, talk to him, and sense his presence with us.
We experience forgiveness for sin and a spiritual rebirth by acknowledging faith in Jesus. As it explains in Romans 10:9-10:
Because if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation.
There is so much more to learn about this life in Jesus. The New Testament guides us in that journey of faith and discovery.
We invite you to come with your questions and an open heart. We hope you will meet Jesus for yourself, and trust him as your Savior!