The Good news

Compass Church is all about inviting people to find and follow Jesus by providing a place for anyone to explore faith and navigate life together. Like a compass always points north, we want to point to Jesus in everything.

Let’s look at 7 benefits Jesus offers us.
  1. I am the bread of life.” Jesus offers real satisfaction (John 6:35).
  2. I am the light of the world.” Jesus offers guidance and hope (John 8:12).
  3. I am the door for the sheep.” Jesus offers true freedom (John 10:7).
  4. I am the good shepherd.” Jesus offers protection and provision (John 10:11).
  5. I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus offers a fresh start in life (John 11:25).
  6. I am the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus offers access to God and truth to live by (John 14:6).
  7. I am the true vine.” Jesus offers power in life (John 15:1).

Which of these benefits do you feel the need for most right now?

Jesus claims to be the only one who can meet our deepest needs. Because he claimed to be God, we can’t just call him a great human teacher. Either he was genuinely mistaken about who he was, he intentionally lied about who he was, or he really was who he said he was. He’s was either a lunatic, a liar or Lord.

At Compass, we are convinced that Jesus is Lord. But ever since the first humans, we have all wanted to be our own lord. The prophet Isaiah said, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).  
 
Instinctively, we all realize something’s not right, so people have come up with all sorts of ways to try to get to God. Most people think, “As long as I’m sincere and my good deeds outweigh my bad ones, I will be ok.” Some people picture God at the top of a mountain and the different religions as different ways to get to God. But Christians believe that there is no way for us to be good enough to make it up the mountain; so Jesus came down the mountain to rescue us.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and he rose again to prove that he has the power to give us eternal life. Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).”  

We are not saved by anything we do, but only by what Jesus has done. Paul said, “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” (Ephesians 2:8–9). Salvation is free, like a gift at Christmas, all we have to do is open it.

Paul said, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).  Most people think of life like a pie with different slices. You have a slice for school, work, friends, fun, and one for God. But God doesn’t just want a slice of your life; he wants to be involved with every part of it. Making Jesus Lord means inviting him to every part of your life.
This illustration shows three types of lives. The left circle has self on the throne and Jesus outside your life. The middle circle has Jesus on the throne and the self yielding to what he wants. The right circle has Jesus inside your life, but self on the throne. Which of these circles best represents your life currently? Which would you like to represent your life?
The following is a sample prayer that many have prayed to make this decision (the words don’t matter as much as the heart behind it). Let’s read it together and see if you are ready to say this to Jesus.

“Jesus, I’m sorry for my sin against you. I want to turn from those sins. Thank you for dying on the cross for me and rising from the dead. Please come into my life and be my Lord. I want to follow you from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? Would you like to pray it right now? If so, pray it out loud to God now.

If you have really been “born again”, you can expect to see some of the following changes:
  • You will start feeling convicted about some of the sinful things you used to enjoy, you will desire to confess them and God will give you power to say no to temptation. (John 16:13, Rom 8, 1 John 1:7-9)
  • You will develop a love for God & a desire to connect with other believers. (1 John 2:9-11, 3:14, 4:7-21)
  • You will grow in your desire to understand and obey the Bible. (1 John 2:4-6, 1 John 5:3-4)
  • You will grow in love, joy, peace & confidence in your salvation. (Gal 5:22-23, Matt 7:20, 1 John 5:11-13)

After being saved, Jesus asks his followers to publicly identify with him through baptism, to connect with other believers in a church, and play their part in the mission. The church is like a body. A hand without a body can’t survive, and a believer can’t grow alone. The best way to grow is plug in to a good church, start learning the Bible any way you can, and find a way to play a part in the mission of helping others find and follow Jesus. What’s your next step based on what we’ve talked about today?