Who is Jesus?

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

- Jesus

Who is God?

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8
God demonstrated His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Peter 3:9
God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Wow, if ever the heart of a father was clearly pronounced it’s done so through what God has done for us through Jesus. God is a loving, yet just, Father who has gone to the limit to show us who we are and who He is. He loves us so much, that in spite of the decisions we’ve made to turn our backs on Him, He demonstrates the ultimate example of unconditional love.

Who am I?

Psalms 139:13-15
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we’ve made mistakes and, if Jesus is the standard, we fall way short. This is the reality of our condition.

Romans 6:23
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is sobering. Since a wage is something we earn, then death is what we deserve. However, because of God’s great love for us, He offers a gift (those are free of charge) that we don’t deserve-eternal life.

It’s no wonder that God created us, in light of the complexity of our bodies, minds, and souls. The hand of God is evident in every part of our beings. We are a child of His, made by Him, and for His pleasure.

It’s in the light of the cross that we understand who we’ve become… that we’ve messed up God’s perfect plan and yet are still objects of His unconditional love. His love toward us is what compels Him to reveal Himself to us, love us, interact with us, and ultimately make a way for us to restore relationship with Him.

Who is Venture?

Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

John 13:34-35
“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Around Venture, we’re committed to helping you take your next steps in your relationship with God by Loving God, Loving People, and Serving Others.

It all starts with loving God. As our relationship with God grows, it changes our heart toward others and we’re compelled to start meaningful conversations. Then loving people… as we care for others, we realize that our greatest need is our spiritual need, so we’re intentional about sharing the hope found in Jesus with others. Then, serving others. We believe that the highest mark of spiritual maturity is when we freely give ourselves away for God and others. We’re committed to partnering with God in what He’s doing in Bozeman.

"Who Is Jesus?" Sermon Series

How to Have Salvation Through Jesus

Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

1. Hear

Romans 10:14
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

When we hear about what God has done for us, and come to understand the love He has for us and the price He has paid, we’re responsible to act on that.

2. Confess

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Confessing our sin is a healthy response to God’s love for us. Pride is what often keeps us from admitting that we’ve done anything wrong. Confession is our first step toward healing, as we’re taking responsibility for what we’ve done.

3. Repent

Acts 3:19
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.

2 Corinthians 7:10
For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

To repent is to turn away from our sin and turn toward God. It’s more than just saying “sorry.” Repentance requires us to take action.

4. Believe

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

To believe in God is more than just acknowledging that He exists. When we believe in something we make sacrifices for it and make plans around it. As a result, it changes the way we live. If we “believe” in God, we believe that He is who He says He is and we trust Him with all the areas of our lives.

5. Receive

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God – not by works so that no one can boast.

Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Each of us has a choice to make. We must decide what we’ll do with Jesus. Either we’ll dismiss Him and His teachings and rely on ourselves for eternity, or we’ll invite Him into our lives by giving Him FULL CONTROL of each and every day as well as trusting Him with eternity. When we receive a gift, the first thing we do is open it and then we start to enjoy it. If the free gift of Jesus is never received and applied to our lives, we’ll never enjoy the life that God desires for us.

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