"And other fell on good ground"
Who Are We?
On this page are some brief evangelistic messages. We trust you will find them helpful.
You Must Be Born Again
How Can I Be Saved?
Anybody claiming exclusive possession of the truth, particularly in spiritual matters, these days is generally considered to be arrogant. A common theme in our modern times is that there are many ways to God or to Heaven. The problem is: what to do about Jesus? He very boldly stated "no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". Not satisfied with stating that there is only one way to God but claiming that he is the one way. Should we simply dismiss him as a self- seeking megalomaniac? Such a frank and direct comment should at least be examined before being dismissed. Underlying his claim is the Biblical teaching that no human is good enough to get to Heaven. All humans, it teaches, are thoroughly wicked. Not that all humans are as wicked as they could possibly be (and we are thankful for that) but that the natural human inclination is to oppose God. We only have to open our newspapers or switch on the Television to get a hint of the depths to which human actions can sink. Also, any parent reading this will acknowledge that the one thing they did not have to teach their child was how to be naughty, it just came naturally. This opposition to God the Bible calls Sin and clearly confirms that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The unique claim of Jesus is based on the fact that only he has done anything about our Sin. He alone stood in the place of others, bearing their sin and being punished instead of them. People saw him crucified, crying out It is finished! Many of them saw him days later risen from the dead telling them to preach the good news of the forgiveness of sins through his shed blood. It is possible that you have never before considered that the death of Jesus had anything to do with you. Some people argue about whether it was the Jews or the Romans who put Jesus to death. The fact is, it was the sins of ordinary people throughout the world that nailed Jesus to the cross. Those who put their faith in him and his work reap the benefits of that work. Those who trust in themselves or in another remain in their sin and will bear the punishment themselves. Surely with so much at stake it is worth being sure before dismissing these unique claims out of hand.
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You Must Be Born Again
The expression “Born Again” has been used so much in recent decades by various groups and people that it has lost much of the impact it had when it was first used. Today it has even been used to describe cars that are revamped models of an earlier version! Generally it appears to be used to describe someone who has a renewed zeal for something, usually religion. Even this, though, is far removed from what was meant when it was first used by none other than Jesus Christ himself. At that time Jesus was speaking to a devout and religious man who was very concerned about doing what was right to be accepted by God. When Jesus told him he could not see the Kingdom of God without being born again, the religious man saw the enormity of the task. However he did not fully grasp the meaning of the expression, asking how an old man could enter his mother’s womb to be born a second time. Although Jesus had to put him right about the second birth being a spiritual birth and not a physical birth, he realised that Jesus was not talking about something as simple as making a new start. This is, perhaps, one of the most graphic descriptions of the problem for the human race. Did you choose to be born? Did you ask your parents to give birth to you? Of course not, such things were beyond your ability. Similarly there is nothing you can do to be acceptable to God. We are in deep trouble. All of us, without exception, have rebelled against our maker and have had the relationship with Him, which we were created for, cut off. If we want to enter into that loving relationship with God, it is not a matter of turning over a new leaf. Whatever we do is tainted by our rebellion and so unacceptable to God. Although being born again describes what happens to a person when they become a Christian, it is not that which God commands them to do. If you wish to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the command is to repent (i.e. turn away from your current attitude and behaviour) and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (i.e. realise that there is nothing you can do yourself and trust in the life and death of Jesus). The promise that goes with the command is
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If you are reading this, it is not too late for you.
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Freedom is something we all believe to be worth having and, as each Liberation Day in our Island of Guernsey reminds us, it is something worth fighting for. Yet it is not only freedom from oppression that we demand these days. We believe that not enough competition in the Market Place is a bad thing because it restricts our freedom of choice. Some people want the freedom to choose whether or not to end the life of an unborn child and others the freedom to choose to have someone else end their life. The list could go on and on. Even in religious debate, Freedom of the Will or as it is more commonly known, simply Free Will, is a frequently recurring topic or maxim. Yet just how free are we? A simple look around our society shows just how strong such things as peer pressure are, forcing many to follow the dictates and whims of popular thought. Many people speak of being “free thinkers” but it is amazing to see just how many of them think the same thing. There is a reason why these things are so which is that we are created to serve. The Bible speaks of it in this way:
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey.
In other words the freedom of which so many people speak these days is really little more than an illusion. The sad thing is that, by nature we are all in bondage to Sin - that is to rebellion against God our maker. Even our Will is only as free as our sinful nature, we cannot do that which is beyond our ability. So there is a freedom to be had. A freedom from this tyranny and cruelty of sin which deprives us of the ability to live the life Man was originally created for. Worse than this, Sin actually drives us further and further away from the source of all good and blinds us to the dreadfulness of our condition. We cannot fight this battle ourselves, even if we wanted to. We must trust that another will set us free. And there is only one who can do this. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who said:
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
True freedom does not come by choice it comes at a price and the price is the blood of Jesus Christ. To enjoy this freedom simply requires trust or faith in Jesus.
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How Can I Be Saved?
You very often hear Christians talking about the importance of being saved but what does it mean? Saved from what? The concept of being saved carries with it the notion that we must be in trouble of some sort and indeed we are. Have you ever wondered why the World is in such a mess and why there seems to be no depths of depravity to which humans cannot sink. Sometimes people try to blame God for the agonies and troubles of life.
“If there is a God why doesn’t he do something”
is not an uncommon phrase to be heard. The answer is that God has both done something and
doing something. Many of the sad and tragic things that come upon the World do so to remind us that all is not well between Man and God. Human nature is such that we hate God, that is the true God - very often we are happy with a god of our imaginations who we can manipulate after our own thoughts and desires. However it is the true God that made us and to whom we are answerable and He is far from pleased with us. All the problems on Earth stem from the condition of the human heart. What has God done about this? Well he could have done nothing and left us to our just desserts but instead he decided on a rescue plan. He sent His Son (for God exists as a trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit) into the world to save his people from their sins, that is from the guilt and effect of their hatred of God. This he did by becoming a man - Jesus Christ - the only man to live a perfect life and to offer himself as a substitute for others. A jailor once asked what he must do to be saved and one of the Apostles (men to whom Jesus gave authority to spread his teaching and establish his Church) replied
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”.
In other words, recognise your own sin, see your need of being saved and trust wholeheartedly in the work and death of Jesus. We cannot save ourselves but if our trust is in Christ, God will not hold us accountable for our sin because Jesus has already been punished for it. So when you see or experience trouble in the world remember the source of the problem is the human heart but remember too that God has provided the answer to that problem.
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