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Jesus is the reason that we are able to come together as a church. If it wasn't for Jesus, the efforts of Grace Baptist Church would be for naught. Jesus is the eternal Son of God (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 8:58). God the Father sent Jesus to earth as a baby, borne of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 2:11). Jesus grew up and lived a life on the earth, where he taught 12 disciples, (Luke 6:12-16) and many others what it meant to live a life following God (Matthew 14:13-21). Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples (Matthew 26:47-49) and was then crucified on a cross (Mark 15:24-26, 37). This is significant because Jesus lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, overcoming sin and death (Matthew 28:5-7). After spending time with his disciples, (John 20:19-29) he ascended to heaven, (Acts 1:9-11) where he is preparing a place for everyone who knows Jesus (John 14:1-3).

All people have sinned (Romans 3:23). Sin is anything that a person does that separates them from God (1 John 3:4; 1 John 5:17). Satan desires that all people fall into sin and turn away from God (1 John 5:19). The 10 Commandments are examples of sin (Exodus 20:3-17), but Jesus teachings went even further to note that anger (Matthew 5:21-22) and lust (Matthew 5:27-28) are sin as well. There is nothing that we can humanly do that will erase this sin as the payment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). God created humans perfectly, (Genesis 1:31) so this sin is a barrier to a relationship with God. God sent his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin (John 3:16). Because Jesus died and rose again, the penalty of sin has been paid (John 3:17; Romans 6:23). This means that when we believe that Jesus died, the relationship with God that was broken because of sin, is now restored because of God's grace (John 14:6). Salvation means to be redeemed (Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7). Anyone who believes that Jesus died for them has been redeemed from their sinful ways, (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8) and has been made into a new person, now with new life in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). This salvation brings us eternal life with God as opposed to eternal separation from God (John 3:16; 1 John 5:13).

Discipleship is a term used to describe spiritual growth. The primary aim of discipleship is for an individual to become more like Jesus Christ. Discipleship is an intentional relationship with God and others, often one of whom is a mature believer (1 Tim. 2). We believe that all Christians should be discipled. Jesus called 12 men to be disciples and he trained them in what it meant to be a follower of God for three years. How much more do we then need to intentionally spend time with other Christians and study God's Word. A person who is discipled spends time in God's Word with others. This discipleship relationship allows people to challenge one another, to encourage one another, to grow closer to God and to each other. A person who has been discipled, can then in turn disciple other people. A decision to follow Christ is more than just making an instantaneous decision, but it is a constant growth process, and discipleship is a way for an individual to grow and then help others grow in Christ.

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