We believe that faith in Jesus alone is enough.
How can I be right with God? How can I be in good standing with God? These might be a few questions you might be thinking through. For along time I thought I needed to keep my record clean so that God would be pleased with my life. I thought if I just do a lot of good things God will smile and be happy with me because of all the good things I am doing. Don’t get me wrong you should definitely want to live your life in a way that honors God. But you should not think Jesus + doing good things = makes me right with God. This is not true. It is only faith in Jesus that makes you right with God. You could never do enough good to clean out your sin account. It is so easy for us to add to the truth. To add good things that were never intended to cloud up the simplicity of the gift God has given us to accept. You can be right with God. Just follow Jesus.
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[i] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
29 After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. 30 There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.[j] 31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. -Romans 3:21-30
During this series called “Required” I am challenging everyone to read through the book of John 1-21. It takes 21 days to make a habit. Start by reading a chapter a day for 21 days. I promise God will speak to you.