The Gospel (True good news according to the Bible)
God is awesome! He is spirit who resides in Heaven yet is everywhere. He knows everything and never lies. He has the power to do anything He desires and is just. He always keeps His promises. His promises are always significant. He made us. His plan is to show us His greatness and goodness because He loves us and knows our greatest enjoyment is in Him. He requires us to believe Him, obey Him and worship Him because He is holy, worthy and always right. He is good and always cares. He is a God of mercy. He is a God who rescues. He is on mission to show His glory by rescuing sinners. The gospel starts with God. God is awesome!
The Curse for Sin is the reason we need rescued and why the gospel is good news. Sin is not treating God like He deserves. Sin is breaking the 10 Commandments; even one. Your sin separates you from God. God is angry at people who sin; even if you only sin in your heart. He shows His angry judgment in the curse of death. That's why you will die. Without rescue, the curse will take you away from His goodness and happiness to Hell. Hell is the final place of condemnation by God's righteous wrath. This is bad news. Those who sin are sinners. Sinners are condemned in eternal wrath. Everybody is a sinner. Sinners need rescued from the just wrath of God. Through Jesus, God is on that rescue mission to save sinners.
The Work of Jesus is the good news! Awesome God, the angry judge, is also loving, full of compassion and grace. Jesus came to show you a true picture of God. Jesus lived perfectly, He never sinned. He told the truth about God. Evil men crucified Him on a cross and He died. It looked like this was a mistake. It wasn't. We deserve to die but God sent His own Son to die for us, in our place. But He didn't stay dead. He rose up from the dead and is alive. This is the way God shows He was satisfied with the payment of Jesus death. He truly is the Son of God who took the curse of death for sinful people. God Himself paid the curse for sinners. Jesus was cursed for us. He did this to rescue us. We don't deserve it, but Jesus came to show us Grace and Truth. Jesus demonstrates how God loves us! His rescue mission shows both His glory and His love. It is your only hope!
God's Rescue is about forgiveness and how we can be delivered from the just curse of God. God loves you and, if you put your trust in Jesus, He will forgive you. Completely. God will not stay angry. He forgives and treats you like you never broke His commandments. Since Jesus lived rightly then died as the substitute curse for you, God treats people who trust Jesus like they lived rightly too. He will truly forgive you! Since Jesus died and rose again, to make payment for your sin, you can spend eternity in heaven, where God's greatness and goodness is enjoyed forever. If you do not trust Jesus there is no rescue. If you trust in Jesus, God will rescue you!
Heart Change is real because God changes the heart of each person He rescues. It is part of the rescue. It is your heart that leads you to sin and with your heart you put your trust in Jesus. It is our heart that God changes. He not only forgives but makes us want to obey and worship Him. Plus, He helps us do it! He enables us to grow to be more like Jesus and do right things more and more. God rescues sinners who trust in Jesus. His Mission is life changing. He is pleased with this new life He gives. You will be too. Faith is necessary for God to rescue you. It is the means of rescuing sinful people. The work of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection is the foundation for rescue.
Faith is the means. The things you have just read are from the Bible so they are true whether or not you believe. You must know the true story of God's plan in Jesus but He doesn't rescue you until you, on purpose, believe on Jesus. You must by faith alone turn to God and trust Jesus alone to save you. Faith comes from the heart as a choice but if Faith could speak it may say something like this:
I don't want God angry at me.
I have sinned against God.
I am judged and condemned by God.God, Himself, loves me and has provided rescue in Jesus through His work on the cross.
I want Jesus and the rescue and new life He gives!
I turn to God and put my trust, my confidence, in Jesus, God's only provision, to rescue me.
Jesus is enough!
Jesus rescues people who believe on Him. He does it through Faith alone! God’s rescue mission calls for faith not ritual or performance. This true story of God’s rescue mission through Jesus is called the gospel. “Gospel” means good news. Your conscience tries to remind that you have broken the 10 commandments and not given God first place in your heart. So this is really good news for you!
Will you believe on Jesus and be rescued from your sin and the consequences? He wants you to. So do we. You can read more of this story in the Bible. The gospel of Mark or the gospel of John is a good place to start reading. A church that teaches the Bible and helps you follow Jesus is God's plan. Maybe you would like to visit us. We would like to help you follow Jesus.
What does it mean that Grace and Truth Church is a “church plant”?
A Church plant is a new church started by other churches to help proclaim the good news of what Jesus has done. The term “Church plant” is from a garden analogy of planting, watering and growing. A group of partners are working together to see Grace and Truth Church start, grow and become established in our community. Some would consider us a missionary effort. We are not a church split or division from another church, although, people from other churches come to be a part of this new church. The people of GTC share a very sweet partnership, a lot of love and a lot of work. A church plant is not intended to compete with other churches but rather to share the responsibility of proclaiming and ministering the gospel in our area. Bruce Seivers, our church planting pastor, has 20+ years of pastoral experience in two churches. He and his family (LuAnn and the kids) have lived here since December 2013. This church plant started as a home Bible study in May of 2014 and began meeting in the white historical church building in Ireland Easter Sunday in 2015. Since we are a newly planted church, some ministries, programs and structures are still not fully developed. Our prayer and effort is to see these develop to help more and more people come to follow Christ and grow as His followers. There’s lots of work and opportunity for those in a church plant. It is exciting to see GTC develop and grow; kind of like watching a garden grow or a child grow up.
Our Partners: First Baptist Church of Jasper is our sponsoring church who first suggested planting a church in the Ireland area. We voluntarily cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention and are helped by various associations, churches and individuals inside and outside of Indiana.