What we believe
What we believe
God loves you. It's as simple as that - it really is.
In the beginning
'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth'. (Genesis 1:1)
We don't know how he did it; and scientists have no idea either. We can call it the 'Big Bang'; but what we do know is what followed. After God's creation, the world and its contents evolved into what we have now, and the pinnacle of God's creation is mankind.
''So God created mankind in his own image.. male and female he created them'. (Genesis 1:27)
God is spirit (John 4:24); and the human race is unique in having a spirit which can communicate with God. And God, who is beyond our understanding, beyond humanity, loves all he has made (Genesis 1:31) because God is love. It's his very nature (1 John 4:8).
Then what happened?
Mankind was told to take care of the earth and everything in it (Genesis 2:15). But things started to go wrong. That's one problem when you give people the free will to do what they think best (1 Corinthians 10:23) - bad decisions and mistakes are bound to happen. And they did. There's a technical word for that - and the word is sin.
We don't talk about sin much these days
No - which is a shame, because it's the easiest way to explain the state the world is in.
'Anyone who knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, sins' (James 4:17).
'All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23).
We're all so aware of the things that are wrong in the world, and that mankind has caused so much grief. By sinning, we separate ourselves from our perfect God (Isaiah 59:2). If God is love, then what's his reaction to that? Is there a solution?
The answer is Jesus
'God so loved the world that he sent his only son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16).
'This is how we know what love is. Jesus Christ laid down his life for us' (1 John 3:16).
God loves us so much that he couldn't bear the thought of being separated from us. So he came to earth in human form (Matthew 1:23), to experience all that humankind does, including persecution and death (Mark 15:24); then God brought him to life (Matthew 28:5) to show that God is more powerful than even death (1 Corinthians 15) and Jesus returned to heaven (Luke 24:51) to show that we can go to heaven too, and be with God for ever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
What should I do now?
That's so simple too.
Believe in the Lord Jesus (Acts 16:31), and tell him that (it's called prayer!) Here's a prayer you can use:
I know the world is going from bad to worse, and I'm part of it.
I accept that, and want to turn from sin and have a relationship with God which lasts for eternity.
Thank you for coming to earth to explain that, for dying on the cross and showing me the way to heaven.
Please forgive me for the wrong I have done and accept me into your loving care.
What should I do next?
Tell someone - we're sure you'll want to! Having an eternal future in God's presence is something to be celebrated, so why not tell us you've prayed to God and if you're in the Colchester area, why not pop in to one of our services and be with others who've done the same? You'll want to know more - and we think it's best to do that with others rather than on your own. And keep praying, because that builds up your relationship with God.
Why have you written this page?
That's simple too. God loves you; so do we.