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Monday, January 17, 2005

AN OPEN INVITATION!

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." --- Martin Luther King Jr

What a tremendous statement! This is so close to my heart... if only Christians would stand up and declare their love for Jesus and His creation, then we would not have the apalling situations that we have today... let's be "World Changers!"

The motto we have at our Church... North Gold Coast Christian Church, is “Come as you are… you’ll be loved!”

How to have a relationship with Jesus
No one has ever impacted the world like Jesus of Nazareth. He is without doubt unique in world history. Others have been famous, Alexander, Napoleon and Einstein but no other one person has changed history like Jesus. Even the date on your computer gives witness to the fact that Jesus lived on earth a little over 2000 years ago.

Here at the North Gold Coast Christian Church we believe that not only did He change history but He also can change your life. He’s not to be reserved for the history books because He lives today, not only unique and famous but exactly what He claimed to be… The Son of God.

Each member of our church enjoys a relationship with Jesus. We have experienced His forgiveness, love, peace, joy and power in our lives. We know His presence in worship, prayer, and bible study and through friendship with one another. Each day as we live in His presence we discover that Jesus is indeed...
"The way the Truth and the Life" -John 14:6, and we invite you to do the same - live in His presence!

Our Church family is built upon four main truths about Jesus-

1. Jesus is our Saviour.
All of us are sinful, we have all done wrong and this separates us from our creator God. This sin deserves punishment, but when Jesus died upon the cross He took our punishment, He became sin for us, He became our rescuer, our Saviour. Jesus Christ God’s one and only Son died a cruel death so that you and I could be forgiven. Through Jesus alone can we know God and experience His love and power. As sinners (people who have sinned) we must respond to this truth by asking Jesus to forgive us of our sin and through simple faith, receive Him into our lives as Saviour and Lord.

2. Jesus is our Healer.
Jesus is interested in every area of our lives; He wants to meet us where our needs are and to be present in our circumstances. The Bible tells us many stories of Jesus healing people physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and today is no different. So long as Jesus lives, Jesus heals. At the NGCCC we pray for the sick, recognising that it is Jesus alone who heals.

3. Jesus is our Baptiser.
When Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven,
He did not leave us alone. He gave His Holy Spirit to be our helper and companion in the Christian life. Jesus wants each of us to experience the power and fellowship of the Holy Spirit in our lives. By asking Jesus to baptise (empower) us with the Holy Spirit, we are asking Him to fill every area of our lives and make us a more useful member of His church.

4. Jesus is our Coming King.
Jesus won the victory on the cross once and for all,
Satan is a defeated enemy and the final destruction of all evil will come when Jesus returns again. The first time Jesus came to earth was as a baby in a manger, but on His Second Coming He will return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The New Testament tells us He will return in glory and gather His people into the Heavenly Kingdom He is preparing for them. As a Bible-believing Church, we believe Jesus is like a Bridegroom returning for His bride, the Church, and we must not only be ready but desire His return.

You too, can have a relationship with Jesus today. Below is a prayer that if prayed sincerely from your heart will help you discover Jesus for yourself, in agreement with His Word…

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. - Rom 10:9-10.

“Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying on the cross for my sins, forgive me for my sins, fill me with your Holy Spirit. I open the door of my heart and receive you as my Lord and personal Saviour. Help me to follow you all the days of my life, in your mighty name I pray. Amen"

If you have prayed this prayer from your heart, then according to God’s word, the Bible, you are a new creation, a Christian, a child of God. We would love to hear from you if you prayed this prayer, or if you would like to find out more about the Christian faith. All of us at the NGCCC would love to see you as part of God's family. johntbrown1@bigpond.com


Your’s in Christian love,

Pastors John & Jean Brown

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