The gospel and our commitment to the faith

Jesus commissioned the good news to be proclaimed to all nations as follows:

"Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you…" (Luke 24.46-49).

Our faith is the faith presented through the gospel of Jesus Christ as given in the Bible. The gospel is the good news of God who alone is Creator and LORD. God is the eternal one who created all things by the power of his word. He is outside of creation and over all. God is the LORD who has revealed himself in human history by his divine acts and word and carries out his will and all that it means for him to be God in the world through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has eternally existed with God the Father, is fully God and one with the Father. God relates to all creation through him, and by him everything was created (John 1.1-5). He came into the world by being born of the virgin, Mary. Jesus was a real and perfect human being who was at the same time God (John 1.14). He lived a genuine human life on earth apart from sin.

Jesus died for our sins. God is the righteous judge of all and cannot overlook or tolerate our sin, and we cannot remove our own sin before God. Sin could only be put away through the death of God's Son. Christ died for our sins so that, as Romans 3.26 says, "God might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."

Jesus was buried and raised on the third day. He had a real and historical resurrection in which he was raised in the body that was laid in the tomb. Jesus brought about life from the dead and is the beginning of God's new creation (Colossians 1.18). The risen Lord commissioned his disciples to proclaim the good news of salvation to the world (Luke 24.45-49; Romans 1.1-5), and through this word people are brought to repentance and faith for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 24.47; Romans 1.5; 10.17). God forgives the sinner and declares him righteous by faith apart from his works or merit (Romans 4.4-8; Ephesians 2.8-10). When God forgives us, he accepts us and brings us into all that Christ achieved for us (Romans 5.1-3).

The risen Lord ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples (John 14.16-17, 26; 15.26; 16.7). The Spirit is, together with the Father and the Son, truly and fully God. He works through the disciples' witness and proclamation of the gospel (Acts 1.8; 1Peter 1.12). He is given to us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ (John 7.37-39; Galatians 3.1-2; Ephesians 1.13-14) and makes our relationship with God real within us. The Spirit makes us alive toward God, leads us to do the will of God against the power of sin and makes us conscious of our relationship with God as our Father (Romans 8.9-17). He also baptizes all believers into one body, of which Christ is the head, and gives us the ability to serve God and minister to people (1Corinthians 12.4-14; Colossians 1.18).

The Lord Jesus Christ will come again to raise and take up all who have believed in him to give them a glorified body like his and to reign with him forever (1Thessalonians 4.13-18). He will judge the world and establish God's kingdom over all (Acts 10.42; 17.31; 2Timothy 4.1).

God is fully revealed in Christ, and the gospel embraces the whole Bible. The whole Old Testament is fulfilled in Christ (Matthew 5.17; Luke 24.25-27, 44-49; 1Corinthians 15.3-4), and the New Testament gives the apostolic witness to him and teaching of him. "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2Timothy 3.16-17). We accept the scriptures alone and in their entirety as God's word as both necessary and sufficient for our whole life.

The word of Christ given in scripture brings about faith in us. By faith we receive for ourselves what God has done for us in Christ, and by this faith we live (Romans 10.7; 1.17; Galatians 2.20; 5.6).

Next: Baptism and our commitment to discipleship

Where Do We Meet?

Murrayville Community Hall
21667-48th Avenue
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What's Happening?

Sun10:00 amWorship and Bible teaching
 11:50 amSunday School and Adult discussion
 6:30 pmSunday Evening Youth Group*
Tue7:30 pmBible Study and Fellowship*

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, email us at info@slef.ca.

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