Frequently asked questions

Why do people search for happiness?


We are all searching. Whether it’s for something, someone or somewhere, every single person on Earth is on a search. But why?

There’s a longing that we have deep down inside to find a way to fill the void that is within us—that mysterious hollowness that screams to be gratified. This void comes in many forms, with the most common being; a feeling of emptiness, a desire to be loved, a yearning to find real joy and peace, a wanting to know why we are alive. Through these deep-seated longings, we find ourselves on a quest, in one way or another, to understand and obtain what it is we’re missing.
The reason for this ongoing search is because God has placed a hunger and thirst within every single person and the only way this can be fulfilled, is by knowing, worshipping and living for Him. Ephesians 3:17-19 Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. You see, God takes pleasure in His creation and we only exist because God decided to give us life (Genesis 1:26-28, 31). And the reason He chose to make us was so that we could have a relationship with Him – our Creator (1 Thessalonians 4:1). John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 1:10-13 He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. So when we endeavour to live without God, it’s like a flower trying to survive without soil or a fish attempting to breathe out of water. It never works. This is why we end up feeling such deep sorrow and an unending sense of sadness and loneliness that can never be cured. Even though we may find ways to reduce the emptiness within, whether from friends, family, pleasures, activities, places or things, it is only temporary and we cannot escape the hole that is still there. God has placed a need in us to know Him. When we come to the realisation that God is the One we are truly searching for and we give our lives over to Him in order to have a personal relationship with Him, we will find true contentment in our life. All that comes with this is a lasting joy, peace, love, comfort and fulfilment like none other (Nehemiah 8:10, John 14:26, Philippians 4:7, Philippians 4:19, 1 John 4:8). There are many ways we can try to fill that hole inside, but nothing will ever fully satisfy until we recognise that it can only be obtained through truly knowing God. We encourage you today to honestly ask yourself why you’ve been searching for what you have, and if you know that this message contains the truth, then we urge you to cry out to the Lord with your whole heart—for when you seek Him, you will find Him! Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.




Why is there evil in the world?


There’s no denying that evil exists. You only have to watch the news to see how constantly wickedness is executed, both on one’s self, as well as others. It’s a sad fact that we all have been both on the receiving end, as well as the front end, of evil. Whether we’ve been hurt as a result of another’s evil, or have purposely or even unintentionally hurt others with our own wrongdoings, evil is something we’ve all experienced and had close dealings with. No matter how large or small the iniquity may be, evil is very present within this world—and our own lives. But why is there evil in the world? It literally all began back when God created the world. When God created Adam and Eve, He made them innocent, yet with the ability to do good or evil. However, they both chose evil by disobeying God’s command and eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:3, 6). This fatal choice caused death because they could no longer remain in God’s presence due to Him being holy, and them now being unholy. From that moment on, the world was cursed (due to sin) and we are all born with a sinful nature (Romans 5:12). There are always consequences to our actions – good or bad. But we can’t just sit back and say, ‘Well it’s all their fault because if I was given the option, I wouldn’t have eaten the forbidden fruit’. The only person who can say that is the one who has never done any sin. You see, if you have done even one thing wrong (1 John 1:8), then you are just as much to blame as Adam and Eve. Today, we are given the same choice by God, to obey Him (according to His Word), or to disobey Him and choose to do what we want to do. When we do our own thing, we end up sinning. Sin is simply another word for evil. Therefore, all sin is evil. So to choose to go against God is to do evil. We get our understanding of good and evil, right and wrong, from our moral compass. But how did we develop that morality? It comes from the law; learning what is ethical, and what is not. God has shown us in the Bible what He considers to be honourable, and what is immoral. And due to God being God, it is only by His standards that we should line up our values. In a perfect world, evil would not exist and everyone would be honourable 100% of the time. The Bible tells us that this perfect world will in fact exist, but only when all sin has been completely done away with. And in order for us to partake in this eternal life with God, we must rid ourselves of our sin. But the problem for us is that we cannot do this by ourselves. This is why God sent His Son, Jesus, to take our sins upon Himself and die in our place. Being the perfect, unblemished innocent One because He never sinned, He became our substitute, making a way for us to become righteous so that our sins could be washed away in order that we could live with God, in His presence, forevermore. 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Psalm 51:2 Wash me clean of my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. The only way we can obtain this gift of eternal life is by admitting our sins to God, repenting for them and placing our trust in Him to bring us into eternal life through the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. So why is God delaying in ridding the world of evil? The answer is very simple. God is holding back on judging the world because He is purposely and patiently waiting for people to repent so that they won’t be condemned on Judgment Day. God is longsuffering and He doesn’t want any people to perish, even though they deserve to die for their sins. He is giving us all a chance to repent. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. God knows the right time and in His time, He will return and will make right all the wrongs in this world for good. Let’s take this chance that God has given us to repent for our sins and turn to Him while we still can!




Where will I go after I die?


This is an age-old question that riddles the mind of one and all. There have been many ideas and presuppositions regarding what happens to us when we close our eyes for the last time on this Earth … but which one is right?

Let’s begin by utilising the method of elimination.

We can’t go by science because it has not been able to observe realms beyond this life. And we can’t go by human experience because over the thousands of testimonial stories that people have shared of their ‘after-life’ encounters, they all differ so broadly that one cannot come to a satisfiable conclusion. Therefore, the only reliable source we can go by is the Bible due to its historical, predictive and durable credibility.

The Word of God tells us that after we die, there are only one of two places that we will go to for eternity: Heaven or Hell. Although many accept that Heaven is real, it’s more frequently believed that Hell is just a mythical idea—but this is not true. The Bible describes both Heaven and Hell as being real places, and even offers details on what both will be like (Revelation 21:4-5, Matthew 13:42).

Matthew 10:28
… do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

In knowing that Heaven and Hell are realities of where people go after we die, the problem for us is that all have sinned against God (Romans 3:23)—therefore we have destined our own selves to spend eternity in Hell because our sin separates us from God (Matthew 25:46).

However, because God loves us so much, He made a way of escape for us. The only way to Heaven is through God’s Son, Jesus, who lived a completely sinless life and willingly sacrificed His life on our behalf (1 Corinthians 15:3)—in order that we might have the opportunity to be saved from our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21).

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Is there a way to determine where we go when we die?

The Bible teaches that God calls His own and they hear His voice and come to Him (John 10:27). They will realise they have sinned against a Holy God and will repent with godly sorrow, turn to God and be transformed by His power to have new life through Jesus—becoming adopted children of the living God and accepted into Heaven (Ephesians 1:5).

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

We cannot earn our way to Heaven. No amount of good deeds or works can ever secure our place in Heaven. God offers this free gift of eternal life through Jesus by His grace alone.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

There is no other way to Heaven than through Jesus.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

If you’re reading this and you know God is calling you, we encourage you to answer His call—cry out to Jesus with all your heart, repent and seek Him. He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, cleanse us and give us eternal life with Him (1 John 1:9)!




Is God real?


The root of this question can be traced back to the beginning of the universe and time—how did the universe originate?

Most leading scientists in their fields would agree that the existence of the universe (or more specifically, matter) is not ageless, but instead, has an origin. Therefore, logically, there are only two options that can be derived: either ‘nothing’ caused (created) the universe or ‘someone’ (God) created the universe.

Nothing is the absence of something. Nothing is the absence of everything. Logic tells us that if we have nothing, we cannot generate something. For example: if I had $0.00 in my bank account, I cannot withdraw $100.00 (or any amount), because I have insufficient funds. $0.00 is nothing. $100.00 is something. However, this ‘something’ cannot be drawn from that which is ‘nothing’, because something cannot come from nothing. To say something can derive from nothing is not only logically impossible, it is also scientifically impossible.

A chicken cannot be born without an egg, a baby cannot be born without a mother and just like a pot cannot be moulded without a potter, so too, a universe cannot be existing without a Creator. Life cannot derive from non-life. It always has been impossible and it always will be impossible, just like it was impossible at the beginning of time.

Now because something cannot come from nothing, the origin of all matter must belong to the only alternative option—God.

Genesis 1:1
‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’

One argument that rises from this is: 'Who created God?' The answer is simple. No one. God is eternal—beyond time and human comprehension. It is counter-logical to assume that God, who has the power to create all things, is restricted by and submissive to time (which is part of God’s own creation). Because humans cannot comprehend what is beyond time (the creation), naturally what follows is the eternal aspect of God cannot be comprehended also (the Creator). However, inconceivable does not equate with impossible.

Some claim that their disbelief in a deity derives from the lack of experiencing ‘a higher power’ in the physical realm, i.e. the five senses. However, if one was to claim that God didn’t create the universe, they would logically have to come to the false conclusion that nothing created the universe. Faced with an obvious dilemma, an argument is drawn to suggest that ‘although scientists don’t know yet, when they do, it definitely won’t be God as the creator’. Therefore, regardless of one’s reason for not believing that God exists, this doesn’t change the fact that God is real—feelings do not trump facts. In fact, it would take more faith to believe that nothing conjured everything in comparison to God creating everything.

Romans 1:19-20
‘For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.’

Since God is real, we must now ask the question: Who is God and what is He like? What does He want from me? Since He is real, does this change anything about my life? Why did He create me? Out of the millions of gods and religions that have been believed over time, which one is true? All these and more are answered within the other questions.




Which God is real?


In the previous question, we already established that God is real. Therefore, the next question that would logically be posed next is, ‘Which God is real?’ After all, there are supposedly countless religions with countless gods.

Christianity holds firmly that there is only one God and He communicated to mankind through the Bible, the very Word of God.

Here are some passages from the Bible:

2 Timothy 3:16
‘All Scripture is breathed out by God …’

Romans 3:4
‘Let God be true though every one were a liar …’

Here the Bible claims that all Scripture is breathed out (inspired by) God and that God cannot lie. Therefore, logically, there are only two options that can be derived: either the Bible is what it claims to be—the infallible Word of God, or it’s just a fallible book like any other. Everything in Christianity is hinged on whether the Bible is truly God’s inspired Word. Consequently, let us place the Bible under scrutiny.

The Bible is composed of 66 books that were written over a period of approximately 1500 years. It contains 3 different languages (often translated into one throughout the entire book) and was written by approximately 40 individual authors with different upbringings, intellect and literacy styles.

Below is a short summarised list for some of the undeniable evidences of God’s Word:


History - Archaeologists have findings and evidences that match the accounts of the Bible.

Time - No book in the world has ever been so well-preserved (divinely protected) over the centuries (manuscripts found in the early centuries vs manuscripts found in 14th century AD).

Prophetic fulfilment - A third of the Bible is filled with prophecies—many have come to pass (even centuries) after it had been spoken, e.g. the destruction of the second temple of Jerusalem, the timing and place of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Israel being reinstated after having been destroyed, etc.

Personal experience - The complete and undeniable transformation of lives of Christians (which is what God’s Word says it does).

The self defence of Scripture affirming Scripture - There is an irrefutable harmony, without a single contradiction, from the beginning of the Bible until the end (over a period of 1500 years) that only a Divine Author could accomplish. This harmony is the redemptive work and glory of Jesus Christ being foreshadowed and prophesied in the Old Testament … and then constantly exalted plainly in the New Testament. Seeming contradictions can be rebutted when considering literacy, historical context etc.

There is undeniably more than sufficient evidence for the proof of the legitimacy and authenticity for the Scriptures being 100% accurate and the very Word of God. Thereby, this proves that the God of the Bible is the only true God. If the equation 2 + 2 = 4 is considered as an absolute truth, there is no need to search why 2 + 2 does not equal 5 since we already know what is true. In the same way, if Christianity is true, then all other religions must be (and are) false since the Bible states that Jesus Christ is ‘THE way, and THE truth, and THE life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through me [Jesus]’ (John 14:6). This is not said with the intention of being bigoted or closed-minded, but rather, as a factual statement.

However, reasons, logic and absolute truth won’t convince one who doesn’t want to be convinced. That is because many ‘who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them’ (Romans 1:18–19).

It requires faith.

‘So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ’ [the Bible] (Romans 10:17).




Who is God and what is He like?


What an excellent question! However, mankind cannot answer this from his own pool of knowledge. After all, how can a finite created being define the infinite Creator from his or her own imagination or assumption?

Since God communicated to mankind through the Bible (the Word of God), it only makes sense to read this to see what God has revealed of how He defines and describes Himself. Who else can explain God better than God?

Introduction

The first name that God formally addresses Himself to mankind is ‘I AM WHO I AM’ (Exodus 3:14). This means God is who He is – He never changes, and He is self-sufficient. He has been there from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2), which means He is eternal (Genesis 21:33). He is also the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, how God describes Himself in the Bible will be how He still is even today, despite the time gap of thousands of years.

Short summary

In the Bible, chronologically, it wasn’t until the 34th chapter of Exodus that God described Himself in more detail:

Exodus 34:6-7
‘Then the Lord passed by in front of [Moses] and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished …”’ (NASB)

Trinity

God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4) yet He manifests Himself in three different persons (Genesis 1:26, 1 Peter 1:2); God the Father (John 6:27, Romans 1:7), God the Son - Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 1 John 5:20) and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4, 1 Corinthians 3:16) – this is commonly known as the ‘Trinity’. Three distinct persons, yet one God.

Further attributes

Furthermore, God is:

- Spirit (John 4:24)
- Omnipresent – everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12, 1 Kings 8:27)
- Omnipotent – all-powerful (1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 115:3, Psalm 62:11, Colossians 1:17)
- Omniscient – all-knowing (Psalm 147:5, Psalm 139:4, Jeremiah 17:10)
- Love (John 3:16, 1 John 4:8)
- Full of grace (Romans 5:17, Ephesians 2:8, Matthew 5:45)
- Merciful (2 Samuel 24:14, Nehemiah 9:31)
- Holy Holy Holy (Isaiah 5:15, 6:3, Revelation 4:8)
- Just (Exodus 34:7, Deuteronomy 32:4, Genesis 18:25)
- Wrathful to His enemies (Nahum 1:2-3, Isaiah 13:11, 59:18)
- The Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16)
- Sovereign (Psalm 115:3, Romans 9:20, 2 Peter 2:9)
- Deserving of all glory, honour & worship (Revelation 4:11, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

And so much more! (Go and read the Bible yourself to find out more)!

It should be noted that every attribute about God (including the Trinity) is unable to be fully comprehended to its utmost extent, since He is the infinite Creator who is unrestricted and cannot be fathomed by His own creation.

Misconception

It should be addressed to not fall into the same trap that so many do: create a god in their own imagination and call that ‘God’. The Bible even addresses this: ‘… you thought that I [God] was one like yourself…’ (Psalm 51:20). Many people say, ‘My god doesn’t do or believe …’ or ‘I will only believe in a god if he …’, however, their god is merely a figment of their imagination, unless what they say lines up with Scripture – the very Word of God (refer to ‘Which God is Real?’).

Relationship

How God treats and sees you is determined on where you stand with Him relationally. You are either His enemy, or His beloved. To have access to God and have a relationship with Him is only possible through His Son, Jesus Christ, and through His death on the cross and resurrection to life.

Why did Jesus have to die for my sins? Why is He the only way? Why should I care where I stand with God or if I’m His enemy? How do I have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ? All that and more are answered within the other questions.




Is there only one way to God?


In the previous questions, we established that:


1. God is real – refer to ‘Is God Real?’


2. The Bible is the Word of God which makes the God of Scripture and Christianity the One true God – refer to ‘Which God is Real?’

When searching life’s questions, we must understand that since man makes mistakes and has flaws, we cannot trust our own intuition and subjective opinions on who God is or how to get to Heaven. After all, being wrong can have serious consequences, both in this life, and the next.


The Bible puts it this way:


Proverbs 14:12

‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.’


What one believes, determines how they govern a country or raise a family, therefore wrong beliefs can result in devastating effects. In the same way, incorrect beliefs about who God is and how to get to Heaven leads to a fatal lifestyle with eternal consequences.


Considering the first two points we established as fact in the previous questions, it is only logical to open the Bible to see what God Himself said – if there is one way or many ways to Him. And the Word of God is crystal clear.


John 14:6

‘Jesus said … “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’


Notice how Jesus does not say, ‘I am a way, and a truth, and a life’, but instead, He uses the word ‘THE’. Furthermore, He confirms exclusivity further by stating that ‘no one comes to the Father except through me'. Another way of rephrasing what Jesus said can be, ‘Only through me, can people get to Heaven’. Therefore, according to the only real God, His Word says there is only one way to get to Him.


Here are some more passages:


John 11:25

‘Jesus said … “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live …’


1 Timothy 2:5

‘For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus …’


The Bible makes it abundantly clear through black and white verses, through subtle themes and through foreshadowing of the Old Testament etc. that there is only one way to God, and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ.


What does that specifically mean? How does one go through Jesus Christ to get to God or Heaven? Why is there only one way to get to God? What must I do to be saved? All that and more are answered in the other questions.




Why did Jesus die for my sins?


The answer to this question is unpleasant to most people, however, it is nonetheless true and will be answered through the establishment of three points:

1. Sins of mankind

Jeremiah 17:9
‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?’ (NKJV)

Mankind (including you) have sinned against its (your) Creator – Almighty God (Romans 3:23). The very first man created, Adam, sinned against God, and every person since then has not stopped.

Sin is thinking, saying or doing something wrong, e.g. lying, stealing, lusting, fornication, swearing, gossiping, hating others etc. Sin is high treason against God.

2. The judgement and penalty for sins

Romans 6:23
‘For the wages of sin is death …’ (ESV)

The consequences of treason and law-breaking is higher and more severe depending on who you commit the crime against. There are penalties for committing an offence against a police officer, but even higher and terrifying consequences awaits the one who commits treason directly against a king. If there is no argument against that, then it is no wonder eternal death (Hell) awaits the one who commits sin against the Creator of all the Earth – the King of kings.

Romans 2:6
‘[God] will render to each one according to his deeds.’

God is holy, holy, holy. Holiness can be considered as transcendent purity which means God cannot do wrong and commit sin (Isaiah 6:3). In fact, sin is the complete opposite to the character and very essence of God, and therefore it cannot come into His fellowship (presence).

God is just. He punishes crime like any good and non-corrupt judge would. The Bible puts it this way: ‘Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?’ (Genesis 18:25).

Although God is the essence of love, and although God is merciful and full of grace, this does not mean He will become corrupt and disregard His own holiness and justice to let a criminal go free.

One must not be deceived into so foolishly thinking they can bribe or manipulate God, who knows and sees all, with ‘good works’.

3. God’s redemptive plan

Exodus 34:6-7
‘Then the Lord passed by in front of [Moses] and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished …’ (NASB)

In the above verse, there seems to be a problem: God ‘forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished …’ Does God forgive sinners or does God punish sinners? How can God let sinners go freely and still be just?

The answer is through the person of Jesus Christ.

Born of a virgin, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived a sinless and perfect life as a human (as God incarnate) in full obedience to the Father and hated by His own creation, although He did no wrong. He was falsely accused, falsely put on trial, falsely condemned, beaten, died by being crucified on a cross at Calvary and rose back to life three days later.

As part of God’s redemptive plan, Jesus Christ took the very wrath of God on the cross, the punishment for sinners, on Himself. He paid the debt for sin’s wages. God, out of His own accord, goodness and love, appeased His own wrath and satisfied His own justice, so that sinners can draw near to Him and receive forgiveness – this is called ‘salvation’.

Jesus Christ was man, because mankind had committed treason and had to pay the penalty. Jesus Christ was also God, because only God can withstand the wrath of God and rise again. Only God can pay the penalty in full.

Sinner, to receive this glorious salvation, you must repent and believe in Jesus Christ alone.

John 3:16
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (ESV)

For more information, please see the FAQ: ‘What Must I Do to Be Saved?’




What must I do to be saved?


If you haven’t already, please read ‘Why Did Jesus Have to Die For My Sins?’ as this is a continuation on from that question.

What must I do to be saved? Isn’t that the most important question we can ask for our souls? Friend, to receive this glorious salvation [to be saved], you must repent and believe in Jesus Christ alone.

Mark 1:15
‘… the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’ (ESV)
Repent

Acts 17:30
‘The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent …’ (NASB)

Repentance literally means ‘change of mind’.

You must change your mind and realise the truth about who God is, and who man is.

You must change your mind to see that without Jesus Christ, there is no hope for you. Without Jesus, you are bound for eternal Hell because you have sinned and committed high treason against God who is ‘holy, holy, holy’ (Isaiah 6:3).

You must change your mind about comparing yourself to others and see that before God, you are accountable for your own sins.

You must change your mind about relying on your own goodness or ‘good deeds’ to inherit eternal life or ‘win God’s favour’.

Isaiah 64:6
‘But [mankind] are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags …’ (NKJV)

You must change your mind and realise that your life does not belong to you, but to God. You must realise that you cannot live selfishly for yourself and indulge in sin.

You must change your mind and realise that God is the only One who can save you from His righteous wrath. And He so lovingly, beyond comprehension, provided a scapegoat, a way to escape His wrath – and that way is through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Repentance is giving up on your efforts and sinful lifestyle and changing your mind to align and submit yourself to God – He becomes your number one love.

Believe

John 3:18
‘Whoever believes in [Jesus Christ] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.’ (ESV)

Believe in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

Believe that He bore your sins on the cross 2000 years ago and took the punishment – the wrath of God, on Himself.

Believe that He paid your sin debt in full and that He died and rose again.

Believe and place your faith in that without this glorious work of God’s grace, there is no hope for you on the Day of Judgement, because Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, and the only way to have fellowship with God.

There is no other way to receive God’s forgiveness.

Ephesians 2:8-10
‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’ (ESV)

Repentance and faith overlap and entwine with one another.

Friend, if you have repented and believed, if you have turned away from your sins and placed your trust and entire life in none other than God’s Son, living wholly for Him alone, God has deemed you righteous and you are no longer under His wrath, but under His grace. You now have eternal life! This is not because of anything you have done, but because the righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imputed to you whilst all your sin, He bore. This is called the ‘great exchange’, and how great it is indeed!

Romans 10:13
For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' (ESV)

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You might be asking: ‘What do I do now?’ Please read the following for help, guidance and greater clarity: ‘How Do I Know if I Am Saved?’ and ‘I Am a New Christian, What Now?’ All these and more are answered within the other questions.




How do I know if I am saved?


Salvation comes by none other than the pure and sweet grace of God. No works (good deeds) or any other thing can contribute towards salvation, however there are things that ‘accompany salvation’ (Hebrews 6:9).

At the instant one repents and believes solely in the Lord Jesus Christ (refer to ‘What Must I Do to Be Saved?’), they become ‘born-again’ and the Holy Spirit (refer to ‘Who is God and What is He Like?’) dwells within the believer (Titus 3:5, Ephesians 1:13).

2 Corinthians 5:17
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’ (ESV)

New creation = new desires = new lifestyle

When one becomes saved, they are a new creation – no longer selfishly all about themselves, but now they begin to align with God’s heart, emotion and will, rather than their own. The believer will begin to please, live and submit to God and His Word whole-heartedly rather than their own selves. No longer are they under the bondage of their sinful pleasures and desires. In fact, they will begin, learn and grow to hate sin. On the contrary, they will learn godliness and grow to zealously love the things of God e.g. selflessness, holiness etc. Their desire will be to love, please and give glory to God – who deserves it all.

Philippians 4:20
‘To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.’

Christians will seek to bear fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control …’ (ESV)

This doesn’t mean a Christian never sins – if only! However, when Christians sin, they will show deep remorse and seek to repent; truly (not superficially or temporarily) turning away from their sins and seeking to please their Lord and Saviour who saved them from the bondage of sin and death.

Luke 3:8
‘Bear fruits in keeping with repentance …’ (ESV)

Moreover, true converts will desire to read God’s Word; learning the raw truth of the Bible. They will have a deep desire to learn the Word, not for intellectual boasting or to win debates regarding theology, but to know God more and to understand how to increase in their obedience to Him – growing in His grace, mercy and love, then applying this in their own life towards others.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
‘All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.’ (ESV)

Spending time with Him in prayer is also a mark of one who is saved; desperately and consistently praying for God’s will to be done in the lives of themselves and others.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
‘… pray without ceasing …’ (ESV)

Being brought from death to life through the resurrection power of Christ also enables believers to share the Gospel of Jesus to others with a fervent desire to see family, friends, colleagues and strangers saved!

Mark 16:15
‘And [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’ (ESV)

The above list are just a few things that can help us know whether we are saved or not. These things do not cause salvation, however, they are a result of salvation.

Matthew 7:17
‘So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.’

Beware! If your life does not reflect any of the above, it very well may be that you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. You may have never truly repented and believed in Jesus Christ – you may not be saved. Believe in Him now for the forgiveness of your sins!

Further information:

In his book of 1 John, John illustrates a series of tests for the audience to examine the genuineness of their faith. Reading this would provide greater clarity. Keep in mind that no one will always exactly walk by them, however, they should reveal a consistent pattern that marks our lives as we grow in grace. Similarly, read 2 Peter 1:1-11.

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May you continue to grow in the Lord.




I am a new Christian, what now?


Becoming a Christian is not a hobby, a past-time, a social outlet or a remedy of relief. Nor is it church activities, great music or a feel-good message. Being a disciple does not happen automatically when you put up your hand and say some prayer in church, nor is your salvation sealed or guaranteed when you buy a ‘Jesus T-shirt’.

It’s not about: learning the latest Christian-isms, attending conferences, following traditions, being raised in a Christian home, having been baptised, an emotional experience at the altar, how many books and DVDs you bought over the years or how many charitable deeds you’ve done. For if all these things made you a Christian, then Judas Iscariot, who walked with, worked with, dined with, travelled with and even kissed Jesus, would certainly qualify as a disciple of Christ all the more.

True discipleship comes at a cost. Our life is not our own anymore. We live not for ourselves, but for Christ.

Being a Christian is to become a lamb to the slaughter (Romans 8:36), one who dies and rises again to a new life in Christ (Colossians 3:3) where the old has passed away and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). To truly become a disciple of Jesus Christ means nothing will be the same ever again. ‘... Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22).

A disciple must place his life on the scales and weigh up the cost. Only then can he truly make a decision to follow Christ. That being said, when we put God’s only begotten Son on the other side of the scales, there has never been, and never will be, a greater honour than to follow Christ. ‘Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!’ (2 Corinthians 9:15).

It costs to be Jesus’ disciple, but it costs more not to be!

It is up to us to continue in the right steps to ensure we are increasing in our spiritual growth. There are some practical ways that I can suggest to help you mature.

We are in a battle of life and death. This world is growing more antichrist by the hour, so we must actively keep ourselves unstained from this world (James 1:27) and not grow weary of doing good (Galatians 6:9).

Let me lay out seven biblical principles to get you on your way to a deeper walk with Jesus.

1. Spend time with the Lord.
Make a time daily where you have quiet time before the Lord. Set aside a length of time that is without distraction and make it a high priority.

2. Read your Bible.
Nothing will ever replace careful and diligent study of God’s Word. Find a good (non-ear-tickling) commentary to read with your Bible that challenges you to grow deeper.

3. Keep yourself pure.
We are surrounded by every kind of impurity; from the internet to movies, books, music and the list goes on. I challenge you to stay clear of anything that does not edify you in the faith. Know your weaknesses and avoid them.

4. Keep good company.
Good, godly fellowship is of utmost importance. Bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33).

5. Find a good church.
Choose a church that rejoices with the truth and sincerely walks in love.

6. Make your prayer life a priority.
The Lord is the One you can talk to at any time of the day. Ask the Lord to help you to increase your prayer life.

7. Join a Bible study group.
Reading the Bible on your own is very important and edifying but if you want to grow deeper, find a good Bible study group led by a mature Christian. You will meet like-minded Christians—and having accountability is also very advantageous.

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May you continue to grow in the Lord.




What is the purpose of my life


At some point in our lives, we come to a crossroads in our mind where we ponder questions like; ‘What is the purpose of my life?’, ‘Why am I here?’ or ‘What’s life about?’

We often occupy our lives with personal activities and pleasures and while we enjoy a certain element of joy through them, these things do not define the reason we are here.

Our whole purpose for living is to glorify God. Like an artist who receives admiration for his paintings or a carpenter who takes credit for his woodwork, all the more, God should be given glory for His creation.

Isaiah 43:7
…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

So in knowing that God created us to glorify Him, what does this look like?

The Bible is full of explicit details on how to achieve our purpose in life. It explains that we are to:

  • acknowledge who God is (Psalm 100:3)
  • learn of Him (Matthew 11:29)
  • worship Him (John 4:23-24)
  • draw closer to Him (James 4:8)
  • obey Him (Romans 6:16)
  • remain faithful to Him (1 Samuel 12:24)
  • give all glory to Him (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • live completely for Him (1 Thessalonians 4:1)

When we are not living according to our purpose, we will not feel satisfied. Apart from God, we will never fulfil our purpose.

Imagine if you will, how absurd it would be if a saucer decided it was created for a different purpose other than holding a cup. The saucer determined to be a cup instead and convinced itself that it could supply the service of holding a cup’s worth of liquid. But as much as the saucer tried to do the job of a cup, it was never able to. Nevertheless, the saucer insisted it was a cup and spent its time straining and striving, yet full of misery due to it never being able to achieve its true purpose.

In order to properly accomplish our purpose in life, we must be willing to stop living for ourselves, and start living for the One who made us. Being the One who created us, God knows what’s best for us and if we place our trust in Him and not ourselves, we will find true fulfilment—our true purpose.

The only way to feel like we are achieving our purpose in life is when we are living the way God intended—living fully for Him.