Thank you for allowing us to share Jesus and the Cedar Crossing Baptist Church with you. We love you and invite you to come, see, and discover both Jesus and a loving body of believers.
Whether you’ve been going to church since you were a toddler or this is your first glimpse at the body of Christ, we pray that you will find this site informative and encouraging.
We encourage anyone that doesn’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior to read how you can make that decision. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. We are all sinners. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus.
All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Your commitment involves:
- I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin
- I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins
- I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus
- I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised
- If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart.
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”
If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please call or email and let us know.