Is Heaven It?

At Fresh Start Church we believe God has called us to be overcommers. When we become born again the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us to empower us by changing us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. As we yield to His leadings, day by day, we are changed “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). We begin to see the goodness of God more clearly, and as we see His goodness in our lives through fellowship with Him, through answered prayers, through prophetic words revealed and fulfilled, through His mighty miracle-working power, and through personal study of God’s Word as well as hearing it taught completely and honestly from our pulpit, we are powerfully drawn to Him and realize that in knowing Him we become more like Him (1 John 4:17).

Paul said that God’s goodness is what changes peoples’ minds about Jesus, His Kingdom, and His Church (Romans 2:4).  At Fresh Start Church we know this is true from experience because our testimony is constantly about the wonderful things God is doing in our lives, changing us from merely existing into vibrantly living in all of the blessings the Bible describes. Because we have seen God’s goodness change us we are committed to focusing all of our lives on demonstrating that same goodness wherever we go. We want to see the testimony of God’s love change your life!

Too many people think that the reason why they should become born again is so that they can go to heaven when they die. If that was all Jesus offered in His salvation package, it would surely be enough. But the people of Fresh Start Church have come to understand that being born again and eventually going to heaven is only the beginning of the blessings in God’s salvation package.

Becoming born again is walking through the door of salvation into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said, “Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ Whom He sent” (John 17:3), so people who make it their life’s work to really know Father and Jesus are already living in eternal life! They know God personally so they can depend on His wisdom when they face tough decisions. Imagine never having to make a difficult decision by yourself again, never having to wonder if you’ve made the right decision, always knowing that God, Who sees the future, has pointed you towards His very best outcome in your trial! Because they know God personally they make Him an integral part of their daily lives:  He helps them raise their children to be successful members of His Church and of society, He provides the things they need to maintain their homes and possessions in easy times and in hard times, He draws their strengths and talents to the surface so they become equipped to do the jobs they find most fulfilling. People who know God personally are surrounded by His protection; when life on this fallen planet intervenes God is there to rescue them, to heal them, to encourage them, to turn things life and the devil meant for harm into great good in their lives.

Jesus taught us to pray in Luke 11, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” You’ve heard that prayer a thousand times, maybe even memorized it. But have you ever stopped to think that Jesus was teaching us to pray for heaven on earth NOW? It seems impossible so people usually gloss over that part. But at Fresh Start Church we know with all our being that Jesus wasn’t kidding, that God (Who always answered Jesus’ prayers) longs to answer the same prayer in the lives of all of us who will come to Jesus for salvation and then stick around to live in His Kingdom NOW, ON EARTH, just as it is in heaven.

So, is heaven it? At Fresh Start Church we say, “No way! Heaven is just the beginning!”

Passionate about Jesus Christ

His goodness compels us to walk like Him, talk like Him, think like Him, react like Him, give like Him, work like Him, and love like Him.  If you have been disappointed by life or religion, let Jesus give you a fresh start in His true kingdom where His mercy is new every morning, where His presence empowers you to rise to your potential, where His people are always for you, where you can truly belong.

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