The Bible says, "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) and "the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (Psalm 19:1). At Fellowship, we believe that God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them, including you and me. We believe that the purposeful, balanced and orderly design of our universe points directly to a powerful, intelligent, Designer/Creator as opposed to the result of a tremendous explosion (Big Bang Theory) as some scientist believe.
Furthermore, we believe this Designer/Creator has revealed even more of Himself throughout the centuries and these revelations have been recorded in a book known as the Bible. The Bible tells us that God created us to have fellowship with Him, but that fellowship was broken when we disobeyed Him and sinned. Even though sin may seem like a small deal to us, for a holy God, it has serious consequences.
As a matter of fact, the Bible says, the payment for our sin or wrong doing is death or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). In other words, in the same way I would get the death penalty for murdering someone here on earth, the Bible says, I must die spiritually for my wrong doing. This may seem unfair to us, but to a holy God, this is the just payment for sin.
Fortunately, God loves us so much, He provided a way for us to still have eternal fellowship with Him. He didn't do this by overlooking our sin or by ignoring the deserved death penalty; instead, God sent His son, Jesus, to this world so that he could pay the penalty for our sins by dying in our place. Going back to my courtroom analogy, it would be like me standing in the courtroom and the judge telling me that I would face the death penalty for murdering someone, but then my dad bursts into the courtroom and says, “Judge, I don’t want my son to die, so I will pay for his crime by dying in his place.”
Even though it would be hard to imagine someone doing that for us, that is exactly what Jesus did. All we have to do is by faith, accept Jesus’ death as payment for our own sin.
To learn more about our creator, join us this Sunday.