The Story of Our Faith

We have been freed from sin and forgiven forever through Christ.
Matthew 26:26-29

Many people have a passing familiarity with the events of Easter and yet are hazy when it comes to the details. But it’s essential for us to have a solid grasp on what we believe. Then we will be able to share it with others on this Good Friday or whenever the opportunity arises (1 Peter 3:14-15; 2 Timothy 4:2-5).

Here are five words we can explain to anyone who is curious about our faith:

  1. Redeemed. Jesus’ shed blood liberates all who believe in Him (1 Peter 1:18-19). This means we are freed from a life of slavery to sin.
  2. Forgiven. The wrongs of our past, present, and future are totally washed away (Ephesians 1:7-8).
  3. Justified. Everyone who trusts in Jesus is declared no longer guilty (Romans 5:8-9).
  4. Reconciled. We are brought into relationship with God (Colossians 1:19-22).
  5. Sanctified. The lifelong process of becoming more Christlike began as soon as we trusted in the Savior (Hebrews 13:12).

These five terms help tell the story of our faith. Meditate upon the verses listed here and ask God to write them on your heart.