Rev. Jim Toole
What We Believe
The very essence of Christianity is that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to save us all from sin and death. This central belief is often labeled as the Theology of Salvation. The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. To be saved means that we enter into a right relationship with God through Jesus.
Jesus was a master at layering imagery and meaning. This scene in John 12, Jesus shares a couple images and layers that foreshadow the power of the resurrection.
A grain of seed that dies to eventually bear fruit.
The image of Jesus being glorified or lifted up.
Again, Jesus’ resurrection is speaking of a world reborn. It speaks of reconciliation and redemption. God is able to take what looks dead and chaotic, and somehow turn it to good.
In Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
We are saved by grace, an undeserved gift. This gift is received by faith, by confessing Jesus as our Lord and putting our trust in Him. We can’t earn it by good works.
Jesus is inviting all of us to follow Him. Let God start restoring your life. Open yourself to God’s saving Grace through Jesus. All you have to do is surrender and respond to the voice who is calling you by name.