The Good News

Here is the Gospel or Good News presented in several different formats. We wanted people to see it in different ways. Check out the traditional method, a high school senior project, a video and an 11 year olds version of the Gospel.

Jesus loves you and cares about you and He doesn’t want you to be lost for all eternity. Jesus went to the cross to die for your sins and then raised three days later and now sits at the right hand for the Father.


 

The Gospel - Traditional

The Bible says:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God—Romans 3:23

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out—Acts 3:19

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life—John 3:16

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved—Romans 10:9

If you want a personal relationship with God and the assurance that your sins have been forgiven, here is a suggested prayer...

Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank You, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins, and live in a way that will please You. And so I ask for Your help, Lord. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.

I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my friend.

I also thank You, because You've said that whoever comes to You, You will in no way cast out. Thank You for giving me a new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You. Make me what you want me to be in Jesus' name. Amen.

What Next?

If you have decided to accept Jesus Christ as your savior, you are now born again. Here are a few things that will help you to grow as a Christian...

PRAY—prayer is like a telephone line that goes directly to God. It's important to spend time talking to Him every day, the more the better (Philippians 4:6).

READ THE BIBLE—the Bible is like a love letter from God. The more you read it, the more you'll fall in love with Him (1 Peter 2:2).

FELLOWSHIP—you need to have friends who share your beliefs and who can encourage you. This is why it's so important to find a good, Bible-believing church where you can meet other Christians (Hebrews 10:24-25).

WITNESS TO OTHERS—share your faith in Jesus Christ with others. Pray that the Lord will reveal how you should witness and when (Mark 16:15).

Jesus Loves You and we pray that you continue to grow closer to the Lord every day!

If you gave your life to the Lord we would love to pray for you and encourage you. Please email use at prayer@newhorizoncf.org or call (541) 273-1292.


High School Senior Project

What if God wrote a book? And if He did write a book, what does it mean to you and me? The idea of God writing a book sounds absurd at first, but after thinking about it, it really makes sense. Would the creator of the entire Universe simply show up to create His beloved creation and then pull Himself away? No, He would want to be personally acquainted with His creation, which is why He created it in the first place. Before man sinned against God, he lived in a perfect relationship with Him, but after Adam decided to turn away from God by denying Him and sinning, a wall fell between us and God called sin. Because of this wall, God cannot have a relationship with us because He is perfect and won’t look at our sin. If we can’t commune with God, then how can we hear from Him? The answer: the Bible. The Bible communicates God’s truths to mankind through the life of one being-Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s only Son, in other words, He is God in human form. The reason He came was to break down that wall of sin between us by taking our sin upon His shoulders and dying a perfect sacrifice, thus reconciling those who believe back to Himself.

Sadly, most people’s view of Christ is not based upon the Bible, but rather of their own ideas of Christ. One of these ideas is that Jesus is a pansy or a girly-man. Many people have this idea based on many of the renaissance paintings and only a few stories from the Bible. These paintings have Jesus portrayed as a long haired, baby faced white guy with a peaceful and tranquil background. Jesus was actually a Nazarene, a dark skinned Jew, who probably had shorter dark hair because long hair would have been considered a disgrace. He had a beard because the Roman centurions plucked it out the night He was crucified. He was a carpenter by profession, so He would have been strong physically. The Bible says that when Jesus was walking on water, He took Peter, who the early Church referred to as “the giant”, by one arm and pulled him of the raging sea. Jesus also was not afraid of confrontation. The people whom He confronted the most were actually the most religious people of the day. Many of them had the entire Old Testament committed to memory, but their hearts were far from God. Jesus called them white-washed tombs, a brood of vipers, wicked, evil, hypocrites, and He deliberately did things to tip them off because they were leading people astray. Jesus knew the truth, and He told it regardless of the oppression that He received. The ultimate sign of His obedience and masculinity was on the night when He willingly took the weight of the entire world’s sin upon His shoulders and faced a brutal death; a task that no one else could do.

Another myth is that Jesus was simply a prophet or a good man, which He was, but that is not all He was. This comes from only bits and pieces of the Bible, but not the entirety of it. Jesus lived a perfect life, so it is right to call Him righteous, and He did prophesy, but He also claimed to be God as well. He performed countless miracles, but the most convincing factor that proclaims His deity was His power and authority to forgive sins. Because sin is against God, the only one who can forgive it is God Himself. To put it in practical terms, if two people have something against each other, and I say “I forgive you”, it doesn’t make any sense because it doesn’t pertain to me. But because sin is an issue between God and man, Jesus forgiving man’s sin is a direct sign that He is God. The last sign that He was God was when He was raised from the grave after being dead for three days.

Another misconception that people have of Jesus Christ is that He is only for those “church folk” or those that call themselves Christians. The term Christian actually was a way the Romans and the Jews made fun of those that followed Christ. It literally means “little Jesus”. Christianity is not simply a stamp that people can place on themselves because they do certain things, but rather, it is a personal relationship with God. Jesus commanded His disciples to go to ALL the ends of the earth and proclaim the good news of the gospel. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was not for a certain group of people, but for all men that desire to follow Him. The Bible says in John 3:16 “for God so loved the WORLD that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. It is so simple, yet many people choose to reject it because it involves a lifestyle change.

Jesus said, “I came to give you life, and life more abundant”. There was nothing boring about the life of Christ, and as proclaimed above, He offers us the same opportunity. A life with God is not without its twists and turns, and actually, there are probably more than there are without Him, but He promises not to leave us through them all. Because God is perfect, we can trust Him and His promises. God promises that those who seek Him will find Him. Seek God in His book and you will find Him and live a fulfilling life that only Christ can offer, and receive the promise of His blessings to come.


Lifehouse Video


 

11 year old