Lifeâ€™s big issues
The biggest questions in life are all about our existence, where we came from and where we are going when we die. The Bible answers both these questions and reveals that our relationship to God determines what happens to us after we die.
Getting our priorities straight
The bible revealsÂ that mankindâ€™s most important pursuit whilst on this earth is to regainÂ a properÂ relationship with our Creator, the living God.
It is easy to find ourselves looking for answers to lifeâ€™s biggest questions in just about anything and everything, but the bible showsÂ us that we canâ€™t find meaningful and lasting peace from any other source than God himself.
God has not left himself in the dark, unreachable and unheard, rather he has made himself known in His word, the Bible, and in particular through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us what God is like
God is gracious to all mankind in some sense. The bible tells us he sends the rain on the good and the bad alike. God is great and the creator of everything we see around us and he sustains it all with his mighty hand.Â God is glorious and majestic and worthy of all of mankindâ€™s praise and adoration. He acts with perfect justice and righteousness.
The Bible tells us what we are like
ItÂ tells usÂ that we are by nature enemies of God. We donâ€™t give him the praise he deserves, but rather we serve ourselves. We fallÂ short of Godâ€™s glory and are, as a result,Â objects of Godâ€™s wrath.Â When we die and stand before the judgement seat of God, as all of must, none of us will be able to prove our innocence. It also reveals that since our lives are tainted with the indelible marks of sin there is nothing we can do to justify ourselves in Godâ€™s sight â€“ all our works are like filthy rags to God.
The Bible brings us good news
God in his great love hasÂ provided a wayÂ for the broken relationship between mankind and God to be reestablished. This free offer of redemption comes from God in the form of his Son, Jesus Christ. God sent his Son, very God of very God, to earthÂ to becomeÂ a substitute for sinners. Jesus gave up the glory ofÂ heaven to come to this fallen world on a saving mission. He became a man and died the death of a criminal in order that he might becomeÂ a sacrificial offeringÂ for any who would put their hope, faith and belief in him for the remission of their sins.
For those who believeÂ upon Jesus, God will never count their sins against them, rather he counted them against Jesus on the cross and poured out his judgement upon his Son instead. Therefore the good news is that Jesusâ€™ death on the crossÂ enables men and women toÂ enjoy peace with God â€“ a peace which is everlasting.
The Bible calls us to make a personal response
This good news comes to men and women all over the world via the bible. However, having heard the message the bible tells us that God requires the hearer of the message to show they mean businessÂ by exercising faith and repentance. Without these things no-one can be saved from the consequences of their sins. Faith must be placed in the work of Jesus and a desire to turn our backs onÂ our currentÂ way of life which hasÂ been centred onÂ ourselves all our lives.
We must quit making life up as we go along and begin to look to God for what pleases him and to commit to living that life. We must personally ask God for the personal relationship we seek with him. He has promised that he will turn no one away who asks with all their heart. God has promised that he will grant all who seek him, forgiveness of sin, a new life and the assurance of heaven.