St. John's Richmond Church is an evangelical church for Christians wanting to worship God in an Anglican setting. We are a Christian church in Richmond, BC.
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The Christian story explains why we are here, what we chose to do instead, and what puts the world right. Christianity explains that when we believe and rely on Jesus for our relationship to God, His power saves us and begins to work through us, liberating us for a new life in Him.
Why we are here
The one God is a community – a Trinity of three persons who each perfectly know and defer to one another and love one another and therefore have infinite joy and glory and peace. God made a good, beautiful world filled with beings who share in this life of joy and peace by knowing, serving, and loving God and one another.
What went wrong
Instead, we chose to center our lives on ourselves and on the pursuit of things rather than on God and others. This has led to the disintegration of creation and the loss of peace – within ourselves, between ourselves, and in nature itself. War, hunger, poverty, injustice, racism, bitterness, meaninglessness, despair, sickness, and death all are symptoms.
What puts the world right
But though God lost us He determined to win us back. He entered history in the person of Jesus in order to deal with all the causes and results of our broken relationship with Him. By His sacrificial life and death He both exemplifies the life we must live and rescues us from the life we have lived. By His resurrection He proved who He was and showed us the future — new bodies and a completely renewed and restored universe: with new heavens and a new earth in which the world is restored to full joy, justice, peace, and glory.
How we can be part of putting the world right
Between His first coming to win us and His last coming to restore us we live by faith in Him. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, His healing kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. This liberates us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. He puts us into a new community of people which gives a partial, but real, foretaste of the healing of the world that God will accomplish when Jesus returns.
(Copyright: Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2002. Used with permission.)