|Welcome to Living Hope Church — Plentywood, Montana|
|As a church held together by the Gospel of Christ through the Holy Spirit, we seek to live out the meaning of life as we have discovered it in Jesus Christ. We encourage every member to fulfil their purpose as part of the body of Christ.|
|WHO IS JESUS?|
|An Overview||Maybe you’ve heard of Him. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you know people
who speak of Him as a friend. Maybe the only time you have heard the
name Jesus is when someone was angry.
I think it is safe to say that Jesus is the most well known man that has ever lived.
No other person in history has had more influence in the world than Jesus and no other person has been more widely debated.
Regardless of who you are, where you grew up, or your religious background (if any), chances are you have an opinion of Jesus. In fact everyone does. It could be that your opinion goes no further than the fact that you don’t know who He is and it really doesn’t matter anyway: nevertheless you have an opinion.
With so many ideas circulating about Jesus you might find yourself asking, who is Jesus, really?
Here at Living Hope we believe that the answer to that question can be found by understanding what that Bible says about Jesus, which includes the things He said of himself..
|JESUS IS REAL||Jesus is not just a nice guy that we heard stories about when we
were younger. He is more than someone we talk about when we go to
church. He is real! In other words Jesus was actually born and possessed
a physical body. He lived a real life and died a real death. He walked
on this earth and breathed real air.
Simply put His life took place in the context of real history. This truth is key in our understanding of Jesus. If Jesus were nothing more than a fictional character from a book or movie then it wouldn’t matter what He said. It wouldn’t matter what we think about Him and it wouldn’t matter if we believed the things He taught.
But, Jesus IS real and therefore what we do with Him is very important.
|JESUS IS GOD||What we do with Jesus is important; not simply because He is real
but also because He is God. Jesus is unlike any other man that has ever
lived. He is God!
This doesn’t mean that He was any less human than we are. In fact, at times Jesus was tired, thirsty and hungry like every other person that has ever lived. Yet, something sets Him apart from all others and it is that Jesus is God. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). In other words, Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Needless to say, this sets Him apart as the greatest man who has ever lived and it is for this reason that Jesus was able to live the perfect life that we are unable to live.
|JESUS IS THE WAY||Not only is Jesus real, not only is He God, but Jesus is The Way. He
is the only way to heaven. He is the only way to find peace with God. He
is the only way to be forgiven. He is the only way to have a real hope
and lasting joy. Jesus is the only way.
Each of us, whether we are willing to believe it or not, have a sin problem. This means that every person who has ever lived has fallen short of God’s standard, which is perfection. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Now, if sin only made us bad people, this wouldn’t be a problem. But, sin doesn’t make us bad. It is evidence that we are dead! The result of our sin is death; separation from God forever, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We deserve to be separated from God forever, but God loved you and I so much that He provided a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him rather than facing the punishment we deserve.
That Way is through Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). We live in a world that claims there are many ways to God, that your way is good for you and my way is good for me. But, the Bible is clear. Jesus is not an option among many. He is the ONLY way and what you do with that truth will determine your future and final destiny.
|JESUS IS EVERYTHING||For those of us at Living Hope, we believe that Jesus should be the
center of everything we do. Jesus is the one who provides salvation,
offers hope, brings joy, and gives us a reason to live. He is our
example and “all things were created by him, and for him”
In other words, the focus of our lives should begin and end with Jesus. Everything we do, from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, should be centered around the real and living, person of Jesus Christ. This is why we were created. It is the reason we are alive.
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
Whatever your thoughts are right now we want to encourage you to think about your relationship with Jesus. Is Jesus everything to you?
We would love for you to contact us or better yet visit our church. You'll be able to connect with pastors and leaders who will help answer your questions and get you involved in a Growth Group where you will grow to be more like Jesus as you learn more about him.
|IT STARTS WITH JESUS|
|Your Move||Everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Maybe you think He’s a great
teacher or a prophet. Maybe you think He didn’t exist at all. Whatever
you believe, we can probably agree that Jesus changed things.
We believe He wants to change you, too.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Jesus claimed He knew God. No big deal, right? Plenty of people make the same claim. But Jesus also said He was God. And this upset the religious leaders of His day so much that they killed Him. But that was 2,000 years ago. Why does it matter to you now? How does who Jesus is and what He’s done affect your life now while you are trying to take care of your kids, paying bills, or just keeping your head above water?
God, the Creator of the universe, has a purpose for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He is a good God. And because of that, His plans are better than your plans. You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know Him. You just have to take a few simple steps.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
You don’t have to be perfect. Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right. If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your opinion of Jesus, declaring you want to follow Him, and believing He is who He says He is.
Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race—you’ve just gotten started. The best is yet to come!
If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, or if you still have questions, we’d love to talk with you about it. Stop by Living Hope Church this Sunday, call us at 406.765.2279, or send us a message. We want to help you take your next steps and learn how to follow Jesus.
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Living Hope Church
313 N. Jackson Street
Plentywood, Montana 59254
An Evangelical Free Church of America