Nearly 2000 years ago in the obscure Roman province of Galilee a statement was made that would endure through the ages. It was the opening proclamation of Jesus Christ as He was beginning His earthly ministry: "The right time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Change your hearts and lives and believe the Good News!"
Followers of Christ would ultimately see Him crucified on a cross by those who rejected the Him and the truth. After three days in the grave, Jesus was resurrected to life proving beyond all doubt that He was indeed the Christ, the Son of the living God as Peter had said earlier in His ministry. Using this statement of faith that Jesus replied to Peter "... on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18, NKJV). This Good News was the life changing message that Jesus preached about His kingdom and how those who would believe and obey Him could receive the forgiveness of sins.
The beginning of the church came about exactly as Jesus had foretold to His disciples, in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Since that triumphant beginning centuries have past and the history of the world has brought about many changes to religion. Man has added his own philosophies and traditions to Christianity that often times doesn't even resemble what Jesus put into place in the first century.
As members of the church, we encourage you to consider returning to the roots of the church to explore a wealth of teaching that still has the power to change lives today. The Good News has not changed with the times but has stood strong through the years. It still offers each of us the ability to follow Christ, putting our past behind us and living the life of Christianity. It is through this life that we can enjoy the forgiveness of sin and the fullness of God's blessings He is so eager to share with us.
"Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15, NKJV).