There’s no doubt that there is a uniqueness to each of our faith journeys. However, there are four crucial steps that all of us take as we grow in Christ. Crosswinds’ uses four “B” words to describe these steps. The first step is to BELIEVE. To begin a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we must receive Him as our Lord and Savior. This is why we are committed to faithfully REACH people with the love and message of Jesus Christ as they take the step to BELIEVE.
Jesus speaking to a man named Nicodemus declared: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This verse is the most famous summary of the gospel in the entire Bible. It actually summarizes the whole of Scripture. God’s love and sacrifice for the world (for you and me) makes it possible for “whoever” believes in Christ to have eternal life. God’s love for the world was not mere sentiment but led to a specific action: He “gave his only son,” to suffer and die and pay the price for our sin that separates us from God. Any finite sin against an infinite God has infinite consequences. The purpose God gave His Son was to make His great gift of eternal life available to everyone – to “whoever believes in Him,” that is, whoever personally trusts Him.
Eternal life is a life of abundant joy and immeasurable blessing in the presence of God forever. Those who “believe in” Christ have “eternal life” and already experience its blessings in this present time, although not yet fully, but in some significant measure. Those who have found salvation in Christ are called to allow themselves to be used by Him to reach out to others in the hope they too will choose to believe.
God’s plan from the beginning was for those who are saved, His followers, to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Here is God’s plan:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20).
God’s plan is for us to know Him and make Him known. Obviously, this plan begins with knowing Him. The first step in our faith journey is to believe.
God desires for all people to take the step to believe, to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. He desires for all His followers to share His love and message with others in the hope that they too will believe. It is up to each of us to determine how we will respond to God’s great love and invitation to know Him and make Him known, to believe and lead others to Him so they too will believe.
It is a joy to serve with each of you. Let’s embrace our faith and share it with others. Let us rejoice in God’s great gift of eternal life for all who believe and lovingly share the good news with others in the hope that they will come to know Christ and do the same. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!