1. Being ‘saved’ by God only through what Jesus has done seems too good to be true. Doesn’t it?
- No! That’s the gospel. That’s the good news. You could never earn it. It’s a free gift from God. It’s called grace. An undeserved gift.
2. How can Christians claim that Jesus is the only true way to God? Isn’t that arrogant?
- We abide by the words of Jesus that say he is the only way to know God. (John 14:6)
- We affirm the words of the Bible to speak truth. We do not know of any other way to know God and we believe that the teachings of Jesus are higher than anything else.
3. How do we know that the claims of the Bible (especially of Jesus’ life, death, and the resurrection from the dead) are true?
- The Bible is the inspired word of God given through His prophets. More care has been taken throughout history to ensure that what we have today is accurate than exists for nearly any other historical document. There are references to Jesus in other texts from the time period when Jesus lived. We can trust that the words we have today are what was originally written, and it is trustworthy.
4. What if I have struggles that just won’t seem to go away no matter how hard I pray or try? Am I still saved? What do I do?
- A part of being a Christian means that, at times, we are going to suffer or struggle. We suffer because Jesus suffered. We participate in that suffering. James 1:2 tells us to take joy in that suffering because it shows us our faith in Christ.
- Struggles help us stay focused on God and show that we are always dependent on him. Yes, you are still saved. There is no way to lose your salvation.
- What do you do? Continue to pray and read your Bible. Join a small group or find a close group of Christian friends that are able to come around you and support you when you are facing suffering or times of struggles of any kind. Community encourages we follow Jesus and grow in our relationship with Him.
5. I have doubts that I just can’t seem to shake. What should I do?
- Join a small group or find a close group of Christian friends that is spiritually mature. We all need mentors in life and the same goes for Christians. It is important to find people that are more spiritually mature than you to support you and help you grow and work through times of doubt. All of our pastors and staff have people they go to when they are struggling with anything. The Christian life is not a life to live alone.
- Always ask questions. It is never a bad thing to ask a question. Find someone within the church to answer it. Find someone on staff to answer your question. The only “dumb” question is one that isn’t asked.