In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
God created human beings, like you and me, in His image.
But our first parents — Adam and Eve — turned away from God and fell into sin by listening to the Serpent and eating the Forbidden Fruit.
Because of our free choice to disobey God, that is why there is evil, suffering and death in the world today.
But God did NOT give up on us.
Later on, God called a man named Abraham to follow Him by faith.
By leaving his home, Abraham became the father of many nations, such as the Arabic and Jewish people that we encounter today.
Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, had 12 sons and they formed the nation of Israel.
The nation of Israel became slaves in Egypt for many years; so God raised up a man named Moses to save them from Pharoah.
After exiting Egypt, God gave the Promised Land of Canaan to the Israelites, and they eventually became a powerful nation through a godly man named King David.
But the people of Israel were not perfect, as none of us are, as they continued to disobey God by worshipping idols (false gods), murdering innocent lives, and oppressing the poor.
Eventually, God was so sick of their sinful behavior that he had to Exile them from the Promised Land to Babylon.
But God did NOT give up on His people, as He does NOT give up on us.
After some time, God brought His people back to their homeland in Israel to rebuild their lives.
But the children of Israel continued to reject God’s Word, live selfishly, and mistreat their family members and neighbors.
Who is going to SAVE us from our sins?
How will the world be BLESSED again?
HELP us God!
So God, our Heavenly Father, sent us His only begotten Son — Jesus Christ — to be our Savior.
Jesus is fully God and Man, and He lived a perfect life because He was always filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus showed us how to live according to God’s ways by what He said and did.
Jesus taught us how to live wisely in God’s Kingdom, He healed the sick, and He drove out evil spirits from people who were suffering.
Yet the religious and political leaders of Israel at the time rejected Jesus because they wanted to continue doing their own thing.
Sadly, Jesus was crucified on the Cross by the Romans.
Yet in God’s almighty scheme of things, this death of Jesus served as the Passover sacrifice for all of our sins.
God desires to forgive us of our sins, but we need to confess them to God and resolve to live according to God’s way.
Yet Jesus did not stay dead, but He came back to life in a Resurrected Body!
Jesus ascended back up into Heaven, and He poured out His Holy Spirit on His disciples so they could retell this Story of Salvation to every nation of the earth.
Today, God invites us into His Church to be part of His-Story to bless all the nations of the earth again.
Do you want to follow Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit?
Then please pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer, then you will receive the Holy Spirit and enter into this Story of God saving the world through Jesus Christ our LORD.
Would you like to enter in this Story of God?
Then feel free to visit us here at Wesley Church!
Let’s GO!!!