A Note from Our Pastor
"I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service”
[1 Timothy 1:12 ESV]
Thank you for spending some internet time with Calvary Bible of Nixa. As pastor, I consider it a privilege and honor that you would look us over, and my hope is that we might provide you some encouragement and hope as we represent the Lord Jesus Christ. If there is any way in which we may serve you further, please use the "Contact Us" page to let us know.
The Gospel is Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, and He is the Son of Man. Sent by God the Father into this world to be born of a virgin that He might be sinless even though He was born under the Law. It was part of His mission to keep and fulfill the very Law of God that every other man, woman, boy and girl continue to break day after day by their sin. This perfect, sinless, Son of God perfectly met all the requirements of God’s Law, and was (and is) ready to give His righteousness to those who will believe and surrender to Him that they will have a perfect standing before God.
In order to accomplish this, He went to a cross; there He was lifted up to die. Upon that cross, the sins of everyone who would believe in Him were transferred to Him. And He who knew no sin of His own God made to be sin for those who would believe so that they might become the righteousness of God as they are in Christ. This the the great exchange of the cross—the worst about me laid upon Jesus, the best about Him laid upon me, that is, considered as mine, as He poured out His blood upon that cross.
Via that exchange Jesus Christ reconciled sinful man to holy God. There is no other way for sinners to have a relationship with a holy God except through the freely-shed blood of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. In His sin-bearing, vicarious death upon that cross, it was as if He took sinful man in one hand, and holy God in the other hand and brought the two together through His death. By that death He satisfied the righteous anger of God and appeased His wrath towards all who would surrender to Him.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Being justified by faith in what Christ has accomplished, those who believe have peace with God through Christ. It was through that death that He redeemed sinners out of the slave market of sin, and redeemed them out of the tyranny of Satan’s grip upon their lives through sin. It was by that death that Jesus Christ has provided now salvation free for all who will call upon His name. He was taken down from that cross. He said, “It is finished. ” Not I am finished--“It is finished. ”
Jesus Christ completed the mission of salvation that He had come into this world to accomplish. He was buried in a rich man’s donated tomb and on the third day by the power that was inherent in Him—the Son of God—He raised Himself from the dead. He came walking out of that tomb a risen, living, victorious Savior. After appearing to many people and teaching for forty days, He ascended back to heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and whoever will call upon the name of the Lord with repentant, biblical faith shall be saved. He is mighty to save to the uttermost all who call upon Him.
To call upon the Lord Jesus Christ for this freely given salvation is to look away from yourself, to look away from religion, to look away from your church, your baptism, and your church membership. It is to look away from all of your good works, and to look exclusively to the Lord Jesus Christ for deliverance. He says, “whoever comes to me I will never cast out. ” He is the friend of sinners. He came to seek and to save those who are lost. He is the good physician. He came not for the well but for those who are sick.
So, here is the question: if you have never truly done so before, will you admit to Him this moment what a sinner you are, how spiritually dead you are by sin? Will you confess that you’re unable to save yourself? If you would you call upon Him today, say, “Lord Jesus save me. I am a wretched hell-bound sinner, but your grace is offered to sinners like me. I receive that forgiving grace as your free gift. ” It is a free gift. There is nothing you can do to earn it. There is nothing you can do to merit it. And if you will call upon His name this very moment you are promised by the authority of the Word of God that He will save you—that He will save you this moment! He will wash your sins away. You will be clean and pure from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
It is God who says, “Come now, let us reason together…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. ” If you will call upon Him, He will give you His righteousness. He will clothe you with the perfect garments of His righteousness. And as God looks upon you there will be a covering for your sin. He will see only the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ covering the entirety of who you are. You will find acceptance with God, and when you die, Jesus will take you into the very presence of His Father and present you faultless before the throne of God.
Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ” The apostle Peter said, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. ” And the apostle Paul wrote, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. ”
If you turn away from this free offer of this good news there is no hope for your soul. You will be trampling underfoot the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. In reality, Hell cannot be hot enough for those who will hear and understand this message, who hear and understand this truth, and who still refuse the One who suffered and bled and died upon Calvary’s cross to save sinners. Indeed, those who hear and understand yet refuse the gospel, their blood is on their own hands and they will suffer in Hell forever under the wrath of God. Theirs will be among the torment of the damned, and they will never find relief.
But today the gates of Heaven are swung open to all who receive this truth, and they may come in and they may enter. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ” How glorious it is to come under the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive His salvation. This is a decisive moment in your life. You may never have an opportunity like this again where the gospel is so clearly presented to you…if you are not saved, if you have never surrendered to God, this moment yield your life to Jesus Christ. He will receive you, He will save you, He will wash you, and one day He will take you to Heaven where you will spend all eternity with Him.
This is the greatest offer that has ever been made to anyone on this earth. This is the glorious good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. This is the gospel.
Feel free to contact the church office if you would like further information.
(Scriptures referenced above: Matthew 1:18-25; Galatians 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Romans 5:10-11; Ephesians 2:16; Romans 5:1, 9, 8:1; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:15; John 19:30; Romans 1:4, 10:13; Hebrews 1:3, 7:25; Philippians 3:7-9; John 6:37; Luke 19:10; Mark 2:17; Ephesians 2:1; Isaiah 1:18; Romans 6:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:29; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)