Dear Friend, do you know the good news of Jesus Christ?
Firstly, let me tell you about the one true God.
God is three distinct Persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal, co-eternal and all-powerful. This holy unity is commonly referred to as the Trinity.
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and the author of all life. He is holy and righteous, gracious and merciful, jealous and vengeful. He shares His glory with none other because there is no other like God.
(1 Samuel 2:2, Psalms 139:13, Psalm 145:8-10, Isaiah 42:5, Nahum 1:2, Romans 5:20-21, Colossians 1:16, 1 John 5:7)
God is truly good and lawful.
God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He alone has authoritatively determined what is good and lawful, and what is evil and sinful.
God has established His Law in the Ten Commandments and each one of us will be individually judged according to our keeping of His Law.
God is a good judge who will not ignore lawlessness. When we sin, we break God’s Law and store up more and more wrath for the day of judgement.
(Isaiah 64:6, Romans 2:5, Romans 3:10–12, Galatians 5:19–21, Galatians 6:7, Hebrews 8:6, 1 John 1:8–9, 1 John 3:4)
God will not tolerate sin.
When Adam willingly disobeyed God’s command by eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge, sin entered the world. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden and God promised them death and sorrow as a result of their sin.
The ramifications of Adam’s sin affect all of us today: As his descendants, we have inherited a rebellious nature that is at enmity with God and His Law. Like Adam and Eve, we as sinners are unworthy to enter God’s paradise because of our great offences against God.
(Romans 5:12, Romans 5:20-21, Romans 8:7–8, 1 Corinthians 2:14)
We're all lawbreakers and judgement is approaching.
It only takes one lie or blasphemous utterance to leave your lips; a moment of unjustifiable anger or envy; one perverse or hateful thought for you to be charged guilty of sinning and deserving eternal punishment.
We’re all guilty of disobeying and breaking God’s Law. We will each one day stand before Him in judgement. Your acts of kindness and charity throughout life will not buy you a shred of mercy, because sin against a holy God necessitates a full and harsh punishment.
(Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10–12, Galatians 5:19–21, Galatians 6:7, 1 John 1:8–9, 1 John 3:4)
Where we will go when we die.
Each and every human being will arrive at one of two eternal destinations upon death: Heaven or hell.
All who remain under condemnation for their sin will arrive in hell to suffer God’s terrible wrath forever.
Only the righteous will arrive in heaven: God’s kingdom and a paradise of inconceivable majesty and holiness. It’s a place where God is worshipped and enjoyed forever, and there is no more death or sorrow.
(John 5:24, Romans 2:6-8, Romans 5:19, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 21:4)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Now, let me tell you about Jesus Christ.
Jesus is more than a great prophet or moral teacher: He is God in equal standing with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus confirms ownership of several holy names that belong only to the one true God.
To be clear: God is three distinct Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus has always existed and there has never been a time when Jesus was not present. All things were made by Him and through Him. He was present with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit when the universe was created.
(John 1:3, John 8:58, John 10:30)
Dear friend, Jesus brings Good News.
Over two thousand years ago, God the Son, Jesus Christ came in human flesh in order to perfectly keep and fulfil the Law, breaking none of the Commandments.
He fulfilled the Law by living a sinless life and providing Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice to suffer the full wrath of God on the cross in Calvary. He did not deserve this terrible punishment, yet He willingly received it on behalf of His believers, so that they would never have to face the wrath of God.
True to His teaching, Jesus was resurrected three days later — appearing to over 500 witnesses — before returning to heaven to reign with God the Father until His glorious and vengeful return.
(Luke 15:10, John 3:16-17, John 10:9-11, John 15:14, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 2:1-2)
Salvation is available today.
Dear friend, please know that no matter how wicked or cruel your deeds in life, God gifts a royal pardon to all who trust in Jesus as resurrected Lord and Saviour. Please do not make the mistake of thinking that your acts of kindness in life will convince a righteous God to ignore the sins that you are truly guilty of.
Place your trust in Jesus’ finished work on the cross and God’s mercy is gifted to you: Your punishment is paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ and you are clothed in His righteousness. Believe that Jesus graciously suffered the punishment that you deserve and that He provides salvation to all who trust in Him as Lord and Saviour. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
(John 3:36, John 5:24, Acts 16:30–31, Romans 10:9–10, Ephesians 2:8–9)
Believers are never alone.
God the Holy Spirit comes to dwell with and in all believers. He is the seal of our salvation and the guarantor of our heavenly inheritance.
The Holy Spirit helps believers to comprehend the message of the Bible and points us in prayer as we commune with our heavenly Father.
Believers are The Holy Spirit’s temple and we must not grieve Him by sinning.
(John 16:13-14, Acts 2:38, Romans 8:26–27, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Galatians 3:2, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, Titus 3:4-6, Hebrews 13:5-6, Hebrews 13:8-9)
How we can be sure that God is real and the Bible is true.
The Holy Spirit inspired specific men over a period of approximately 1,500 years to record God’s message for future generations — including us. The message of the ancient Scriptures has been divinely preserved for us today in the Protestant Bible.
God’s message is true and active today. When believers read the Bible, the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s goodness and makes clear His instructions for followers of Christ.
(Psalm 12:6, Psalm 119:105, 1 Corinthians 2:13-14, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12,2 Peter 1:21)
For believers going forward:
The Protestant Bible is your primary source for understanding how you can live a life that is pleasing and honouring to God. Pray for wisdom as you study its contents diligently and regularly.
Unashamedly tell others about the hope that you have in Jesus and that God offers mercy to all who confess Jesus as risen Lord and Saviour.
Join a Protestant church where the truth of the Bible is accurately conveyed without deviation. Fellowship with other believers and encourage them in their journey.
Glorify God in all that you do.
(Matthew 22:37-39, John 10:27–28, Romans 10:14-15, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 1:13-14)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and by hearing the word of God.
The Bible contains the answers you need.
If you don’t own a Bible, we recommend purchasing the King James Study Bible by Thomas Nelson Bibles.
Read the book of John online.
The Protestant Bible contains 66 distinct books written by men under the authority of the Holy Spirit. We recommend starting your journey through the Bible with the 43rd book, which is titled John.
The book of John provides an account of Jesus and His earthly ministry over 2,000 years ago. Throughout John, we learn about Jesus’ teachings, miracles and His fundamental role in our salvation.