Website Question 1: How can I have a relationship with God?

I am working on the content/answers for a couple of questions to go on our new website at Calvary.   Here is the first question and answer.   I would love some feedback on this first draft, especially content:

How can I have a relationship with God?
This is a bold question!  Especially, when we consider our place in the larger universe.  And yet, the Bible invites us to ask this question because it presents God in relational terms (e.g. “Father”).  We also know form our personal experiences that we need healthy relationships in order to be successful and at peace in this world.  Why should our relationship with God be excluded from this equation?

So, let’s start with a question:  Is it possible to have a relationship with God?  Not only does the Bible speak in relational terms, it presents a relationship with God as a part of our original design and a necessity for our present lives.  This leads to a follow-up question:  is there something keeping us from a relationship with God?  Again, the Bible tells us that we are the problem and have a problem.  Our sin (going against the instruction of God or failing to do the things He requires) impedes a relationship with God.  Furthermore, we cannot fix this problem ourselves because we are never able to meet God’s standard of perfection.  One final question then:  Does God provide a solution that we cannot?  Yes! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is that answer.  He lived a perfect life, died on the Cross to satisfy the penalty of our sin, and was resurrected to new life.  We need only receive the work of Christ on our behalf to begin a new relationship with God.

The Christian faith is more than ceremony & ritual, more than principles & laws, and even more than mere head knowledge.  Martin Luther, a church Reformer, said “the Christian faith exists in personal pronouns.”  As Paul writes in Galatians (a letter found in the New Testament) of Jesus Christ, “who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Are you ready for a relationship with God?  Visit us for a worship service or contact us and we would be delighted to walk with you further in journey towards a relationship with God.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Adam, two thoughts:

    First, I love the fact that you’re working on this. Not only is it a great exercise, but it builds my respect and admiration for you as a pastor.

    Second: the premise of this question is sort of like the question regarding, “would God condemn the innocent unbelieving child in Africa?”– they both are asked with a fundamental flaw in their assumptions. In this case, the flawed assumption is that there are people that don’t have a relationship with God.

    But Scripture does not support this assumption. Everyone has a relationship with God! The question is, what sort of relationship with God do you have?

    In our sin, and without the help of God’s grace, we are at enmity with God. We are enemies with God. This is a real relationship– it just isn’t the relationship we ought to have. But with God’s grace, we don’t go from having NO relationship to having A relationship; our relationship changes from being enemies with God to being children of God.

    Reply

    • Ed: 1) Thanks, as always, for the encouragement.
      2) I think you are dead on with your response. I have been wrestling with the nature of the question from the get go. I definitely think there is more work to be done here and think these comments are helpful for the honing process (and even changing the question & answer altogether).

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