Let Me Tell You About Jesus and His Church

I do not even remember the first time I heard the name of Jesus. I was fortunate to be raised by Christian parents who taught me about Jesus from the day I was born. We were always active in church. That heritage was such a rich blessing, but it also made it easy to take some things for granted. Sometimes Jesus and His church became routine, almost a habit that never really required any attention. As I got older and wrestled with how to instill faith in my own two children, I began to discover all over again the excitement of knowing Jesus. As I have battled sin and Satan through the years, I have continued to renew my faith in the Son of God. I realize that of all the decisions in life, the only one that truly matters is this: what will I do with Jesus?

I continue to be active in my local church. It is a place of worship, of ministry, of service, and a place of refuge in a world that just does not make sense. Some of the closest relationships I have are those with my church family. These brothers and sisters are not perfect, but they are forgiven believers committed to following Jesus. So in the words of Jesus, and sometimes in the words of some of his followers…let me tell you about Jesus and His Church.

Steve Ridgell


Who is this Jesus?

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

- Peter, Matthew 16:16

This is the fundamental truth about Jesus. He is God’s Son. In fact, Jesus went on to say that this truth was the rock upon which He would build His church.

“Surely he was the Son of God.”

- The Centurion at the cross, Matthew 27:54

These words spoken at the cross where Jesus died are the great truth in the history of mankind. God let His Son come to earth in the form of man. This is the truth that will change your life forever.

Why Did He Come to Earth?

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

- Jesus, Luke 19:10

We were lost in sin, and Jesus came so he could save us. We have all done things contrary to God’s Will, and failed to do things in accordance with His Will. Jesus came to we would not have to stay lost forever.

“…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a random for many.”

- Jesus, Matthew 20:28

Jesus’ one true purpose was to die so the ransom for our sins would be paid. He did great ministry, but he came to this earth to pay the price for our sins. He died for my sins, and for yours.

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God…”

- John, John 13:3

Jesus knew exactly who He was and what His mission was. He knew that He had been sent from His Father and He knew that He was going to go back home when his mission was completed. God made us, He has a purpose for us here, and when we have finished our mission…we are also going home.

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

- Jesus, John 14:2-3

Jesus returned to the Father to prepare a room for each of us in God’s house. He will come back for us and take us home to be with Him forever.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

- Jesus, John 14:6

There is no way to the Father except through Jesus. He is the only way. He is the truth. He is life…both here and forever.

How Important is the Truth About Jesus?

“I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

- Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:1-3

The Gospel is important. Paul preached the Gospel, and he says the Corinthians received the Gospel and have taken their stand on the Gospel. We are saved by the Gospel if we will just hold on to it. And it is of first importance. So what is this Gospel? Jesus Christ died for our sins He was buried, and He raised on the third day. This is the good news of salvation. It is the most important thing you can know. Jesus died for you He was buried and on the third day He came out of the tomb. That is the good news that has saved my life, and it can save yours also.

What Do I Do About This Good News?

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