- If God is love, why did He let His Son die?
- Why do I need to belong to a church, can't I follow God on my own?
- What is sin?
- How do you get to know God?
- What about those who have never heard of the Gospel?
- What happens when I die?
- Does hell exist? What is it?
- I have an addiction I cannot overcome. Can God help me? How?
- How can a good God create evil?
- What is the significance of your logo?
We have to realise the terrible consequences of sin.
"For the wages of sin is death" (ROMANS 6:23). We also have to realise that we are all sinners, no matter how good we think we are:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, NOT ONE (…)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (ROMANS 3:10,23).
"And without shedding of blood is no remission" (HEBREWS 9:22). Therefore, in times of the Old Testament sacrifices of animals were made to cover sin. It was God's eternal plan to give His only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the redemption of mankind.
"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (HEBREWS 9:13-14).
"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).
Attending a church does not save you, but you should want to go BECAUSE you are saved and would want to immediately fellowship with like-minded brethren who have had the same experience… there would be 'spiritually and naturally' a hunger to assemble with other Christians to find out everything!
The Bible clearly states that God sets us into a church to be taught, trained and disciplined. Just as Jesus took twelve ordinary men and formed them into His disciples, the church is there to help train and thoroughly teach the members. The whole church administration is set by God as we can see in the following Scripture:
"And HE gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST
" (EPHESIANS 4:11-13).
God has set us in the church that He established, to enable new converts to develop in their spirit, soul and body according to His Will. As each part of the body has a distinct function yet is still part of the whole, we as Christians need fit into the church God placed us in and fulfil our role.
"For the body is not one member, but MANY ... But now GOD HATH SET THE MEMBERS every one of them IN THE BODY, as it hath PLEASED HIM ... But now are they many members, yet one body ... And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee ... Now YE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, and the members in particular. And God HATH SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers ..." (1 CORINTHIANS 12:14-28).
Why would we want to turn away from such promises in the Bible? God has stated in His Word that He will place us in a church with pastors and teachers to prepare us for the return of His Son, Jesus Christ. No wonder God requires us to take heed of the following warning:
"And let us consider ONE ANOTHER to PROVOKE unto love and to good works. NOT FORSAKING the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER: and so MUCH THE MORE as ye see THE DAY approaching" (HEBREWS 10:24-25).
The Bible says,
"Sin is the transgression of the law" (1 JOHN 3:4).
Transgressing the law means breaking God's commandments, i.e. the Ten Commandments and many other moral laws in the Bible, which He has given for everyone to follow.
Each time you lie, steal, don't respect your parents, commit adultery, are jealous or don't care about God, you commit sin. Not only do we sin if we do something bad, but we will also be judged on the good that we HAVEN'T done:
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (JAMES 4:17). This really means that we live our whole lives in sin unless we live it for God,
"for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (ROMANS 14:23). God does not let any "small" sins go through - whether it be murder or 'just a lie', ANY sin will separate us from God and only if we NOW decide to follow Jesus Christ can we be saved:
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (REVELATION 21:8).
Many content themselves with just a superficial knowledge of God. But he wants a close relationship with each and every one of us!
"And this is life eternal, THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THEE the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (JOHN 17:3).
To get to know God you have to seek Him:
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM" (HEBREWS 11:6). Seeking God means, among others, READING HIS WORD, the Bible - because God IS the Word (see JOHN 1:1), and through studying it we can get to know Him.
We can also PRAY to God to reveal Himself to us:
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (JEREMIAH 33:3).
"I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry" (PSALM 40:1).
"hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; THAT THEY SHOULD SEEK THE LORD, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us" (ACTS 17:26-27).
It is of utmost importance to us to know God, and to know His will for us:
"The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God" (PSALM 14:2). Because, as we get to know God, we will also learn to walk in His ways:
"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" (TITUS 1:16).
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments" (1 JOHN 2:3).
"The Lord is … longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 PETER 3:9). We can be sure that God is a fair God.
"With righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity" (PSALM 98:9).
Everybody has a sense of right and wrong, even though they never heard about the Gospel. The work of the law is 'written in their conscience':
"For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves. Which shew the work of the law written in their CONSCIENCE also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another" (ROMANS 2:13-15).
However, nobody really has an excuse - each person should know enough about God just by looking at the creation around us:
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (ROMANS 1:20). On top of that, most nations have had plenty of opportunity to hear the Gospel: the Bible has now been translated into more than 2,233 languages, which serve more than 95% of the world's population!
"And as it is appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgment" (HEBREWS 9:27). The Bible often speaks about this Day of Judgment and warns us about it.
"For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; THEY THAT HAVE DONE GOOD, UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE; AND THEY THAT HAVE DONE EVIL, UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF DAMNATION" (JOHN 5:28-29). These are Jesus' words, and He warns more than once about it.
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left … AND THESE SHALL GO AWAY INTO EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT: BUT THE RIGHTEOUS INTO LIFE ETERNAL" (MATTHEW 25:31-33,46). Think well about how you spend the 70 or so years of your life - they determine how you will spend eternity. To read more on this topic click here.
God is righteous and fair. Therefore He will reward
"them that diligently seek him" (HEBREWS 11:6) whereas He will punish those who live a selfish life:
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left … And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" (MATTHEW 25:31-33,46).
Hell is described in the Bible as
"lake of fire" (REVELATION 20:14) or
"furnace of fire" (MATTHEW 13:49-50). It is an ETERNAL FIRE (MATTHEW 18:8), that CANNOT BE QUENCHED (MARK 9:48). Hell is a place where one will experience total separation from God:
"DEPART FROM ME, ye cursed, into everlasting fire" (MATTHEW 25:41). Whereas God is light, hell is a place of
"outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (MATTHEW 25:30). Yes, hell is real - that is why Jesus warned us more than once,
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (MATTHEW 10:28).
Yes - God can and will help you. Jesus healed EVERYBODY who came to Him.
"And Jesus went about all Galilee … healing ALL manner of sickness and ALL manner of disease among the people … And they brought unto him ALL sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; AND HE HEALED THEM" (MATTHEW 4:23-25).
Note that the people came to Jesus or were sometimes brought to Him. This is the first step you should do - go to Jesus and ask Him for healing. How? Just have the faith that
"Jesus Christ IS the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (HEBREWS 13:8). He wants
"to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives …" (LUKE 4:18). That means He WANTS to heal YOU if you fall into this category. Read the testimonies of many people in our church who received healing through prayer, laying on of hands, anointing with oil or various other means. Applying their faith in Jesus, they were set free from smoking, alcohol, drugs or any other kind of addiction.
God is neither evil nor did He create evil. Man brought evil upon himself by selfishly choosing his own way apart from God's way. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they chose that which
"was pleasant to the eyes" and
"to be desired" (GENESIS 3:6). By their choice they brought evil into the world. By our own choice we also bring evil into our lives.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (ROMANS 3:23). If God had created us as robots, He could have programmed us to do only good. But that would have meant that we wouldn't have a free will. Without free choice, love is impossible. God had created a perfect world without evil in the beginning.
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (GENESIS 1:31). Likewise, in the New Jerusalem there will be
"no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain" (REVELATION 21:4).
Don't make the wrong choice, for it is US who choose either good or evil:
"because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did CHOOSE that wherein I delighted not" (ISAIAH 65:12).
THE NAME: CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLIES [EUROPE] INTERNATIONAL
Our name reflects several aspects of our assembly: we are Christians, based on the Bible, God's Word, standing firmly in the tradition of the reformers and revivalists that walked before us, including Martin Luther (the Protestant Reformation), John Wesley (the Methodist Church), General Booth (the Salvation Army), just to mention a few. We uphold Protestant values and profess "salvation through Christ only" and "the Bible only" as the basis of our faith.
As we are organised in house groups, we adopted the name "Assemblies" to indicate that we are many groups but one administration.
Finally, "International" indicates that we are spread over several countries, fulfilling the Great Commission to bring the light of the Gospel to the lost sheep of Israel (MATTHEW 10:6) and be a light to the world.
The flame was the original logo of our assemblies when the foundations of this work in Christ were laid (see History section). It represents the Holy Spirit as He filled the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (ACTS chapter 2):
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them."
The sword is another symbol taken from Scripture. It stands for the Word of God, which is
"quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (HEBREWS 4:12). The Bible commands Christians to put on the armour of God, including
"the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (EPHESIANS 6:17).
The trumpet symbolises the work of Christians in this world - to proclaim the Gospel and to warn sinners of the coming Judgment upon the world.
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand" (JOEL 2:1).
The logo has the shape of a shield, symbolising God's protection provided to the Christian as he stands by faith (ROMANS 11:20). This
"shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked" is also part of our spiritual armour (EPHESIANS 6:16).
THE RED COLOUR
Red symbolises the Blood of Christ that was shed for our sins and diseases on the cross of Calvary 2000 years ago. On Judgment Day, only those can stand before God that
"have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (REVELATION 7:14). For Jesus said,
"this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (MATTHEW 26:28).