New Hope
Community Church

95 York Road,

Reading,

Berkshire, RG1 8DU

newhope@greyfriars.org.uk

0118 959 6534

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New Hope Community Church is part of the Greyfriars Church family within the Church of England

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WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?

It's all about one life, the life of Jesus, and it can be summed up in the answers to three questions.
Who is Jesus?

 

He’s the Christ. The King who God himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love. He’s also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being.

 

Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed storms. He raised the dead. By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all want.

 

Why did Jesus come?

 

TO BE REJECTED

Many people rejected Jesus. They thought they’d be happier making their own rules and living outside his kingdom. This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it sin. It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in the kingdom. God won’t let those who reject the King live with him. So we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.

TO BE KILLED

 

People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing him to a cross. But his death wasn’t a mistake by God – it was a masterstroke. On the cross, Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell – so that we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take the punishment sin deserves. Jesus was opening the way into his kingdom.

TO RISE AGAIN

 

Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death. He had risen!

What does it mean for us?

 

So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news. Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.

 

Living with Jesus as King isn’t easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever. Jesus freely offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.

If you would like to begin a relationship with Jesus, you can pray this prayer:

Jesus, thank you for dying in my place so that I don't have to live or die without you. Thank you for forgiving all that I've done wrong. Please come into my life and help me to get to know you better and to live close to you. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, then Jesus has come into your life. Please get in touch with us so that we can help you to get to know Jesus better. You can email us at newhope@greyfriars.org.uk or phone 0118 959 6534 or pop into the office on the second floor when we are open and someone will be happy to talk with you.

 

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