At Oakland Evangelical Free Church, the Good News of Jesus Christ is at the center of who we are and all we do.
The Good News is that God saves sinners. He did this by sending His own Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to die on the cross and bear the punishment for our sins.
How can you be saved? First you must acknowledge that you are sinful. That can be hard to do, but the fact is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) No one is, or ever has been, without sin, except for Jesus Himself.
Second, we should understand that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) It is crucial to notice here that wages are earned. Wages are what we deserve. But a gift cannot be earned. It must be received by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “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.”
So how do we receive the gift of salvation? “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31). Pray to the Lord. Acknowledge and confess your sin, and place your faith in Jesus. Do this in your own words; God knows your heart. Then you may live a new life in Christ. You will not be perfect, and you will still struggle with temptations and sin. But “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
The Bible says that Jesus,
“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.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:5-11, NIV)
If you want to learn more, or if you are a new believer, come join us at our church or seek out another church that is firmly founded on the Bible. God has made us to need the fellowship of other believers to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Here’s another great resource to learn more about Jesus: Two Ways to Live.