Exploring the journey of Christianity isn’t meant to be done by yourself. At Glencairn we believe that this is best done in community. The following information is here to provide you a sense for who we are as a church, but our hope would be that we would have the opportunity to meet with you and discuss any questions you may have.
Seeking truth together
Perhaps the best place to start is to pick up a Bible and start reading. The Bible is a collection of letters written by more than 40 authors over 1,500 years, and yet there is one unified message throughout. It’s a story about God’s love for us. The first part of the Bible, also known as the Old Testament, gives us a picture of God’s power (He created the entire universe), His holiness (through the commandments), and His grace (by relentlessly pursuing a relationship with us). The second part of the Bible, called the New Testament, records God coming to earth as a human – which is Jesus. His whole purpose was to show His deep love for us, and to let us know that we are invited to live with Him in His heavenly kingdom – where there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Despite this amazing offer, our natural response has been to reject God, and to live our own way. Jesus was even killed for His “crazy” ideas, but fortunately for us, death could not stop Him. In fact, His death was the substitute for our own death. God could have easily wipe us off the face of this planet, but instead of His holy anger going against us, it was placed upon His own son Jesus. He paid the penalty for our own rebellion and sin. This is good news, for we all get a second chance to turn away from our rebellion and independence and trust in the God who made us, and wants the best for us.
If you want to know more about this Good News, I encourage you to start reading the Bible. The first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are a great place to start, because that’s where we get to know Jesus and His amazing love for you.
People who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who died and rose again to offer us a relationship, are often called Christians. However, lots of people call themselves Christians without really following Him. They can go to church, and say their prayers, but it never becomes real for them in their daily lives. Christianity is not a religion. It’s not about following the rules, so you can get into heaven. Instead it’s a relationship with God, based on what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus already paid the penalty for our rebellion against Him, and opened the doors for us to have a relationship with the God of the universe. How cool is that?
To explore more about Christianity, you can check out this link.
Here’s a short little video that explains it in a nutshell.