The Best News You Could Ever Hear
Something has happened and is currently happening right now that is making our lives and our world better! There is Good News! We call this Good News the “Gospel.” In a nutshell, the Good News is that God is making the world right, through Jesus. Here is a little more about that:
God is good. And he created our world to be good. God designed us to live in a loving relationship with him and with one another. God designed a world without suffering and without pain. This is the way life is intended to be lived.
But something has gone wrong.
The world as we know it is unfair, unjust, and full of suffering. This life of suffering, pain, and death is not the way life is supposed to be.
But it gets worse.
We are part of the problem.
In fact, we are the root of the problem. Our acts of hate have fractured the world that God designed. All our unloving acts have contributed to the suffering in the world and have even caused death.
These same unloving acts have separated us from the God of love and life. See, God designed all of humanity to live – really live – in a loving relationship with Him and with one another. But we have rejected that love through our sinful acts. We have rejected that life by choosing death. We have rejected the relationship with God for which we were designed.
But in spite of our rejection of Him, God has not rejected us.
The story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, tells us of a God who created us to live in relationship with Him, who pursues us after we break that relationship, who enters into our suffering and death with us, who lovingly and freely offers us a reconciled relationship of love and life with Him, and who ultimately will rid the world of pain, suffering, and even death through Resurrection.
This story is why this church exists. This story inspires Grassroots Church to be a movement of people who embody God’s work of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. We want to be a part of this incredible thing that God is doing on this earth. As a people who have been redeemed and reconciled to God by Jesus Christ, we want to be a part of God’s solution – of planting Heaven on earth one seed at a time.
There is so much more to this amazing story of redemption than can be captured in the few words here. We invite you to explore it more by finding a Seeds Group. But there is no reason why you can’t begin that new life in a relationship with God today by praying a prayer something like this:
“Loving God, I’m sorry for my sins and my rejection of You. (You might take some time to confess any specific wrongs that come to mind).
Thank You that You never rejected me.
Thank You for offering me forgiveness, new life, and a relationship with You.
I accept Your gift.
I trust you, Jesus, as my Savior and Lord.
Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit.”
There is nothing magic about these words; they are simply a prayer of repentance and faith in the God of the Bible. If you prayed a prayer like this one, we would like to know about it. Please contact us so that we can celebrate with you!
Baptism is one of the first ways to celebrate your new relationship with God. It’s is a public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ. It’s also a symbolic expression of being washed clean and resurrected to new life. There are so many layers of meaning to this beautiful celebration.
Here are just a few:
When we are obedient to Jesus’ instruction to be baptized, we symbolically share in his death and resurrection. As you are immersed into the water, it resembles being placed into a grave – your old life of sin and death is being put to rest. And as you are raised out of the water, it resembles bodily resurrection from the grave – your new life is is being birthed.
The use of water itself resembles the water of your mother’s womb which nourished you and brought you to birth.
The use of water also reminds us that we are washed clean from the stains of sin.
The abundance of water symbolizes the invitation for the Holy Spirit to completely fill our lives to overflowing.
And as a public declaration of our faith, we are marked in our community as a forgiven and reconciled child of God.
We are so excited to get to celebrate with you through baptism. You’ll find out more about this process in a Roots Group.
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