Why Optasia Ministry Offers Christian Resources
When we accept the Bible as Godís Word to us, we believe that everything in it is true, including Jesus claim to be the only way to God (John 14-6).
The Bible tells the story of how God made a beautiful and sinless creation, this world we live in. He created the first two persons in the human race, Adam and Eve, and put them on this earth to care for it (Genesis 1-2)
At the instigation of Satan, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and brought ruin and misery not only to themselves, but to everyone who would follow them on the earth. They became alienated from God and this first sin infected their children and every generation that followed (Genesis 3, Romans 3:9-18(
God is just and it is entirely fair for Him to punish sin, because every sin is an offense against His holiness. But God didnít give up on his world and the human creatures He had made. In the same chapter that tells of Adam and Eveís first sin, we find Godís first promise of a Savior (Genesis 3:15).
This veiled promise becomes much more clear to us when God provides His Savior. After many long centuries of waiting, God sends His own Son into the world. Christmas is the season in which we celebrate the wonder that Godís own Son became a man, while still remaining the Son of God. He lived on this earth for thirty years, teaching about God and showing people what Godís intentions for people and the world are. These stories are told in the New Testament books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Because some people refused to acknowledge that Jesus was Godís Son, they put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross, a cruel form of punishment in that time. But far from being a tragic end to Jesus, God intended Jesusí death to be a sacrifice that paid for our sins. This story is told at the end of the New Testament books of the Bible, that we call, Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In Romans 5:12-21 the apostle Paul explains that Jesus reverses the effect of Adamís first sin, and brings us to God in a wonderful way.
So even though we are sinners and unacceptable to God, God accepts us for Jesusí sake. God now calls us children and accepts us into His family (1 John 2:28-3:3).
While Jesus died on the cross, God brought Him back to life. This is the story we celebrate at Easter. By His resurrection God creates new life in us (Romans 6:1-14), and promises a future resurrection of the body for eternal life (1 Corinthians 1550-58). As we live this new life we respond to Godís great love to us (John 3:16), and we love Him by living a life of worship, obedience and service.
The book of Acts tells How Jesus sent His Holy Spirit so that He could form His New Testament church under the leadership of Jesusí first followers. That church has grown and spread throughout the world. Jesus has ascended to heaven (Acts 1:8-11) and from there He is praying for us and watching over us so that nothing can separate us from Him (Romans 8:31-39). He is controlling the course of history to bring it to His desired end (1 Corinthians 15:20-29).
Christ has joined us to His church so that we can carry out His commission to call others to believe in Him (Matthew 28:18-20), grow strong in the faith together (Ephesians 4:1-16), and use our gifts for the benefit of others (1 Corinthians 12). Jesus has sent us His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, Acts 2), who is the third person of the holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit gives us new life (John 3:1-9), and equips us for witness (Acts 1-2) and for living holy lives (Galatians 5:13-26).
The good news is that God calls us to believe in Jesus, and when we do, we are assured that we belong to Him, and we enter into a life that is full and complete. Without Jesus we face eternal punishment, but those who trust in Jesus as their Savior will live forever with Him.
God has a purpose for our lives. He intends that we love Him and grow to be more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-30). If you want to learn more about the wonderful hope and promise that God gives in Jesus Christ, you may find helpful reading in the resources in the Optasia Library, or you may Contact us directly.
We offer this library of Christian resources because we want people to come to know Jesus as their Savior, and to be equipped for studying the Bible, for service in the Church, and for witness, in spite of disabilities they might have.
May Christ fill your life with hope as you find His purpose for you in Christ Jesus.
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