Do you find the church irrelevant because it does not meet your needs? Would you be more willing to listen to the church if it followed the teachings of Jesus Christ more fully?
Perhaps we had better listen to what Jesus Himself said about why he came into the world, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9). “Well,” you say, “That lets me out. I’m not lost. I know exactly where I am and where I’m going.”
Wait a minute. When Jesus speaks about being lost, He is talking about being lost in sin. And when Jesus talks about salvation, He has reference to being saved from the consequences of sin.
“But I’m not worried about sin,” you answer. “I’m really a pretty good person.” Yes, you may consider yourself to be pretty straight. But God says, “There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23). In other words, we are all in the same boat. The boat is called SIN and the boat is sinking. And we all need to be saved or else we will all drown in our sins.
And so Jesus comes to you and to me and says, “The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Yes, Jesus calls you to turn away from sin and trust in His death as the only adequate payment for your sin. This is His basic message. And it meets your basic need, your need for salvation from sin.
The apostle Paul followed Jesus. He also preached “repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Like Jesus, Paul knew that your primary need is the need for salvation from sin. To help you understand this better, please click here and listen to a message on “Paul’s Ministry.”