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WHAT WE BELIEVE

A summary of what we believe

We believe that there is a Creator of heaven and earth that has revealed himself to us on earth through the Bible. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and was written down by man. (1) In His word God reveals how He sent His son. Man is described as sinful and in need of forgiveness. The relationship that man lost with God because of sin, can be restored again. God brought salvation to a chosen people, and from those people comes a savior: God’s son Jesus who is the Christ (Messiah) (2). Those who believe in him will not perish but have eternal life. (3,4) Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice before God. The relationship with God that we search for can only be brought about by a sacrifice. This relationship is eternal that reaches beyond the boundaries of this life on earth. This message of hope needs to be shared, and passed on.

1. "All Scripture is God-breathed...." (2 Timothy 3:16)
2. "... we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews." (John 4:22)
3. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
4. "Whoever believes in him is not condemned,..." (John 3:18)

WHO IS JEZUS?

No matter what part of the world you visit. No matter who you talk to. No matter what religious affiliation people have. No matter how dedicated to their belief man may be. If people know something about history they will know that a man named Jesus of Nazareth lived. He is the most unique person of all time.

Jesus changed the face of history. Even the date on our newspaper has been influenced by this Jesus of Nazareth who lived on our world 2000 years ago.

We read in the Bible about prophesies that were given about Jesus hundreds of years before he showed up. The Old Testament was written by several different writers over a period of more than 1500 years. There are more than 300 prophesies about his coming. All of the details came true, his miraculous birth, his life without sin, his many miracles, his death and resurrection.

The life that Jesus lead, the miracles he performed, the words he spoke, his death on a cross, his resurrection, his ascension ... everything points to the fact that he was not just a man, but much more. Jesus said: « I and The Father are one » (John 10:30), « I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. » (John 14:6).

One look at history will reveal some of the influence Jesus of Nazareth has had. You will see that His message has always provided for great changes in the lives of people and nations. Where his teaching was recognized, marriage was honored, women's rights were protected, schools and hospitals were started, and slavery was ended. Many changes have come about due to Christ's influence. He has changed our personal lives and can change your life today.

The French biologist and philosopher, Blaise Pascal, spoke of the need of man in this way: "There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus."

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

If you want to know how Christ saves then the first thing you need to do is to find a Bible and read it. Good people can tell you all kinds of things, but the best way to find what God wants you to know is to read His word. In the Bible the same question is asked: "Brothers, what shall we do?". The answer to this question was: "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:37,38)

The question "What shall we do?" was asked in response to words that Peter had spoken. He said that Jesus had been sent by God. This was seen in the miracles that Christ had performed. He was crucified by people, but God raised him from death to rule as the messiah. (Acts 2:22,32,36) People were moved by this message.

Those who heard this message wanted to know what they needed to do next. The next steps were explained to them in the same text starting in Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized". The great result of following these steps is forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

On that day when Peter spoke these words, 3.000 people took that step; they asked for forgiveness, and were baptized. (Acts 2:41)

What an event! If you believe, seek forgiveness, and want to receive the Holy Spirit, what is the next step you need to take?

CONTACT

If you have questions or a comment please don't hesitate to contact us. We would enjoy hearing from you.
Phone: +32 474 80 73 49
e-mail: luk.brazle[at]telenet.be

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