Christians believe that every human being on the surface of the earth is uniquely significant, whatever the circumstances of their birth or upbringing. Why? Because the Bible tells us what all of us suspect deep down inside: we are made in the image of God.
Our gifts and our opportunities are not merely thoughtless by-products of chance. Men and women have extraordinary abilities because God made us to bear an extraordinary responsibility. God made us to know him, to relate to him, to appreciate him and to represent him before a watching world.
Does that idea find an echo in your heart? If it does, you’re not alone.
But don’t be surprised if it’s a faint echo. Our culture, and even our hearts themselves, are shouting out for independence – for career, for security, for physical appearance, for self. Approaching the world with gratitude may be a worthy aspiration, but approaching the world with greed is the norm. We are not what we were supposed to be.
And yet God stepped into the chaos that we have created. Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died. And now he asks each one of us – Do we want to walk back through this door he has opened? Do we want to be again what we were originally intended to be? If we answer, ‘Yes’, it will change our lives for all eternity.
Churches are simply communities of people who acknowledge this need and who are saying this ‘Yes’.
As a reformed and presbyterian church, we believe these convictions well summed up in the Westminster Confession of Faith which you can check out for yourself here.
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