Good News

At first glance it might seem that church is mainly about the things that "religious" people do: reading the Bible, listening to sermons, singing hymns, taking communion...

Perhaps more often, church seems to be about what members don’t do - as in refraining from certain activities deemed ""sinful."

This view of Christianity keeps many people away from the church, for fear of being judged or missing out on the fun in life. Perhaps you’ve steered clear of the church for just this reason.

While Christians do participate in certain spiritual activities, and we do try to follow the guidelines the Bible gives us for how to live, neither of those things is the true heart of Christianity. The Christian religion is not primarily about what Christians do or don’t do. Rather, it is about what Jesus Christ has done! In fact, unless a person understands who Jesus is and why He came, he or she is missing the point of church entirely. Church is about celebrating and honoring Jesus, the one who died to save us while we were still sinners.

The apostle Paul put it this way many centuries ago: “Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” That captures it pretty well! Jesus came to live and die for rebellious, messy people, so that we might be saved from the consequences of sin and experience God's deep love for us.

As you take personal inventory, you may realize that your life is a mess emotionally, relationally, spiritually or morally. If so, welcome to the club. You should fit in well here at Peace! We want you to know that, no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, God offers mercy and new life to you in Jesus Christ. We believe that he not only forgives, but also transforms and restores those who turn to Christ in faith and repentance.

So yes, Christians do read the Bible, we do pray, we do seek to honor God and love our neighbors. And there are, of course, attitudes and actions of which we seek to rid ourselves. But none of those things are done to earn favor with God. Rather, they are done in response to God, because He has already accepted us through Jesus. There is great hope for sinners like us, because of the mercy of God found in Christ. If you’re a sinner like us, we hope you'll come celebrate this good news with us.