What Does It Mean To Love Christ?
Loving Christ is the starting point for everything we do at Relevant Church. We love Christ because he first loved us. And out of that love, we are compelled to serve our community and to actively try and make others lives better. But all of that only happens through the love of Christ. We also believe that Christ loves us exactly where we are. That’s why we strive to create a Sunday morning experience that is relevant and impactful to all. Once someone is ready, “Love Christ” is how we start them on their Christian journey. To talk to someone about loving Christ, click here.
Starting A Relationship With Christ
Jesus is the person who exists to reflect God to people and be an example for all. He gave up His own life to relieve us of our penalty for wrong doing.
“If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” - Romans 10:9
Although relabeled many things, sin matters to God and others. It separates us from our connection with God and our community. Everyone has this natural desire to sin.
“All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, and each of us has turned our own way.” - Isaiah 53:6
“The trouble is that our sins have cut us off from God.” - Isaiah 59:2
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:23
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How Does Salvation Work?
Salvation, or “Being Saved”, is the first step to a relationship with Christ. We believe it is what guarantees us an eternal life with God in heaven, but it also teaches us the best way to live our lives here on Earth. Loving Christ is more that just ensuring you have some place to go when you die, because through it we learn how to truly show love to others as Jesus did. Starting this relationship is as easy as admitting that God has not been first place in your life. Believing that Jesus died for your sin, and invite Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of your life. To talk to someone about starting a relationship with Christ, click here.
More Reading: Acts 4:12, 1 John 1:9, Romans 5:8, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8 & 9, John 1:12-13, Revelation 3:20
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Communicating and praying to God should be a regular occurrence in our lives. The bible tells us to “pray without ceasing”. This is important for us to do for many reasons. First and foremost, prayer is more than simply “talking to God.” Sometimes, that’s what our prayers can look like, and that’s ok. But other times it’s listening. Prayer is also a chance for us to tell God how amazing we think he is, and to show that we are placing ourselves humbly in His sight. We can ask Him about the things that bother us, and get help when we are hurting. Prayer is our main connection with Jesus and all He has to offer.
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Reading Your Bible
The first step to reading your bible is getting a bible! You can go to any book store and buy any number of types of bibles. We typically read from the New Living Translation, but anything works as long as you understand it. However, we find it helpful in today’s modern world to have a small, pocket sized bible with us at all times on something we all already have. That’s why we recommend YouVersion. YouVersion is a free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. It is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God's Word into your daily life. You can read dozens of translations, have access to study notes and reading plans, and it’s a wonderful way to begin engaging the Word of God. Why do we say reading the bible is vital? We believe that our life makes the most sense, and our spiritual world benefits the most when we read the road map we call The Bible.
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.” - 2 Timothy 3:15