The bible is God’s word to all people. There are 66 books in the bible, made up of 39 old testament books and 27 new testament books. The Bible is complete in its form and is enough to teach and guide us through this life. The bible was written by several different authors and is inspired by God. It is through the Holy Spirit that we receive an understanding of God’s word as we consistently read and study the bible. Everything we do at Origins is rooted in God’s word. It is where you can find direction to passionately follow Jesus Christ. There is no other book that has authority over the bible. It is where we discover the relationship between God and man and find wisdom on how to conduct ourselves in relationship with others.
Psalm 119:10-11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Salvation is through Jesus alone. Because of his death on the cross we can now receive forgiveness for all of our sins. The word salvation begs the question, “Salvation from what?” Because of our sin we deserve to go to hell, eternal separation from God. But Jesus, the only sinless man to walk this earth, took our punishment for our sin and died in our place. Making it possible for us to be forgiven and spend eternity with God. When you place your trust in Jesus as your personal Savior and believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Salvation is the starting point of a new relationship with God. You will find instructions for living by reading and studying God’s word. Salvation is a transfer of trust from someone or something other than Jesus to Jesus alone. There is no other way to God but through his only son Jesus. Neither your works nor your goodness can grant you eternal life. It’s all because of Jesus.
Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 9:3-18
Baptism is the first step of obedience after you have placed your trust in Jesus for your salvation. Baptism is separate from your salvation. As we discussed earlier, salvation is through faith and not of works. Jesus endured our punishment for our sin when he died on the cross. He defeated death and sin when he rose from the dead three days later. The bible tells us we should be imitators of Christ and to look to him as the example of how we should live. Jesus showed us the importance of baptism when he himself was baptized by John the Baptist. This celebration of “new” life is symbolic of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Going under water symbolizes his death and burial, then coming up out of the water symbolizes the resurrection of “new” life. It is a celebration of new life through the forgiveness of your sins and the remembrance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, which makes it possible.
Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20
The message of Jesus is for everyone. Evangelism is a “church” word meaning to share or proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. God could have chosen another way to communicate the message of Jesus, but instead he chose us. It is our responsibility to share the love of Jesus and what he accomplished on the cross with others. Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We are given this charge to not only share Jesus with others but to also help them by pointing them to God’s word for guidance and wisdom in this new life. As a body of believers, Origins is partnering with you as you reach out to your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family. Sunday morning is a great place to bring someone that does not know Jesus as their personal Savior, because the environment is attractive and the message of Jesus is relevant and inspiring every week.
Mark 1:14-18; Romans 1:1-17
Giving back to God is an act of worship. Whether you are speaking of finances, resources, talents, time, etc., you can give all things back to God because he is the one who gave them to you. When we are able to let go of the things we grip so tightly and allow God to guide us. That is when we begin to look to him for everything we need. God promised us he would provide the necessary means for us to live. He told us to seek his kingdom first and then expect him to do what he said he would do. God does not need or want our time, abilities, or resources. He wants our hearts. He allowed his only Son to die so our hearts could be saved. But the truth is that we seem to doubt God and his reliability when it comes to our time, abilities, and resources. It seems to make more sense to use them to our advantage and allow God to have the leftovers. After all, we are the ones putting in the hard work and long hours, right? But God wants us to test him. He wants us to keep him as top priority and allow him to be the provider for you and your family. He wants us to trust him instead of our own abilities and successes. Giving back to God is the beginning of trusting him for all of our needs.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Malachi 3:7-8; Acts 2:44-46
Community, in its simplest form, is experienced when you know someone and they know you. Not just knowing your name, but knowing when to celebrate with you and when to mourn with you. Knowing there is someone close to you that is praying for you and thinking of ways they can serve you this week. Knowing you are obsessed with chocolate and a simple delivery would give you much needed encouragement to make it through the day. It is in these relationships where you experience the intimacy and authenticity of community. It is how God created us. We are created in His image, with a natural desire to know someone and be known by them in a very genuine way. Origins has created an environment where you can experience community with others. We call this environment Community Groups. Community Groups are small groups of singles or couples that meet in homes during the week to discuss life issues and what the bible says about those issues. It is the best place to meet new people and pursue authentic, lasting relationships. If you are interested in joining a Community Group you can pick up a registration card at the Resource and Information Table in the lobby.
Luke 5:12-26; Genesis 1:26-27
Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth to serve and not be served. Why would Jesus come as a servant and not a King who ruled over a great nation? Jesus taught those around him that there was nothing noble about loving the lovable. It is the one who loves their enemy that communicates the message of Jesus to the world. Serving others without expecting anything in return. Treating others as more important than yourself. Considering the interest of others before your own. These are unnatural characteristics for us, but when we remember what Jesus did for us, knowing that he emptied himself and went all the way to the cross, we find the motivation to love others because he first loved us. What is love without works? As the church, we are to love God and love people. If we claim to love people but do nothing to meet the needs of those we love, do we truly love them? Origins Church wants to reach out and love people by serving our neighbors, coworkers and community. There are many opportunities to begin serving others right here at Origins. If you are interested in serving others you can fill out a Response Card and drop it in the offering plate on Sunday.
Matthew 20:26-28; Matthew 5:43-48; Philippians 2:1-16; Matthew 22:36-40
THE CHURCH (Big “C”)
God, by His Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that newly redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully doing His will on earth. This service involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in the entire world. The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer. All members of the Church are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context, they are called to live out the implications of the gospel as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the Church, including prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the equipping of Christ’s body so that it might mature and grow. In the context of the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and oversight and the opportunity to steward their gifts for His glory and the good of the others.