Knowing Christ
The privilege of knowing our Lord personally is a unique aspect of Christianity. It makes Christianity more of a relationship than a religion. While religions attempt to gain favor with God by adherence to a code of conduct or religious rituals, we believe that God reaches out to us in love and grace. His objective is to be in relationship with us.

The Barrier of Sin
When God created the first man and woman His intent was to be in fellowship with them forever. He wanted the relationship to be genuine, not forced, and that required the freedom to choose. In order for human beings to choose to love God, they were given the opportunity to reject Him. When Adam and Eve rejected God's way, sin came into the human experience (Genesis 3). Sin formed a barrier between unholy people and a Holy God. He knew this would happen and had already formed a plan to restore our relationship with Him. His redemptive plan proves the depth of His love.

Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

Ephesians 1:4-5 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”

God Made Himself Known
In amazing love, God took the initiative to reach us. The Bible teaches that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. This is hard to comprehend, but how better to communicate with those He loves than to bridge the gap and become one of us?

Philippians 2:5-7 “…Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

John 1:14, 18 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth... No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.”

Greater Love Has No One
The greatest revelation of God's love came at the cross. It was there that Jesus Christ gave his very life for us. Because God is holy and does not tolerate sin, something had to be done to remove the sin barrier. God is also just and could not just overlook our sin. In love, therefore, He chose to take sin's penalty upon Himself through Christ's death on the cross.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16-17 “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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Relationship Restored
With the sin barrier removed, we can now enjoy restored fellowship with God. He sent His Spirit to dwell in us while we continue life on this earth. The Holy Spirit guides, comforts, teaches, strengthens, and corrects us as we walk through this life. He also is a guarantee of what is yet to come, a fellowship in heaven unhindered by sin or doubt. We will see Him face to face!

John 16:13-14 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”

2 Corinthians 5:5 “Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

A Gift Offered to All
Forgiveness, restoration and eternal life are benefits of the gift of God's grace. His gift is offered to all; He wants everyone to enter relationship with Him. Like any gift, however, it must be received for it to be truly ours. Grace cannot be purchased or earned by our good works or religious piety. Rather, it is received as an act of faith and love toward the Giver.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Do You Know Christ?
It is one thing to know about Christ; it is another to know Him. God calls us to experience Him as a Redeemer and Friend. If you would like to begin your relationship with God, consider the following steps of introduction:

  1. Acknowledge your need for a Savior. Admit your sin and emptiness to God and to yourself.
  2. Understand and believe what Christ has done. He died on the cross to take away guilt and restore relationship with God. Your trust in Him will be manifest in your desire to turn from sin and live in ways that please the Lord.
  3. Accept His gift of grace. Open your heart with a simple prayer stating your desire to be forgiven and begin your walk with Him.

Pray something like this: "Dear Lord, I realize that I need You. I have sinned and feel empty in my soul. I believe that Christ died on the cross to remove my sin and restore my fellowship with You. Please forgive me and come into my heart. Help me love You and others, and teach me to live in a way that glorifies You. Thank you, Lord. Amen."

If you prayed that prayer sincerely, you are now forgiven and have become a child of God! Praise the Lord!

John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.”

1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

What is Next?
Your new spiritual life will lead you into many wonderful adventures and experiences with God. There is much to learn and new things to discover in your walk with Him. You can begin growing spiritually simply by reading the Bible regularly, and by talking with God often throughout the day. You will also want to share your experience with brothers and sisters in your new spiritual family. Prayerfully look for a good church where you can grow, worship and serve. A good church is one where the Bible is taught and upheld as God's word, and where joy and love are evident. Ask God to direct you. He will be faithful to do so! You may also want to contact the pastors of Dewart Lake Community Friends Church. We would be delighted to pray for you and give you direction in your new relationship with Christ.

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Tuesday, February 27
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Tuesday, March 6
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Tuesday, March 13
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10:00 a.m. Worship
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Tuesday, March 20
6:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Wednesday, March 21
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