At The Open Door, we believe it all begins with knowing Jesus Christ in a personal, life-changing way.
We encourage people to believe in Jesus Christ. Believing literally means to put your trust in Jesus, being confident He will do what He says and keep His promises. Another way of saying it is to receive Him, accepting Him as the Lord and Savior He is.
As we bow our knees and humble our hearts before Jesus, His Spirit grants us a new birth – the beginning of real life. We experience a life joined with the living God, transformed into a new creation. We begin a journey of knowing Him to be life itself, always sufficient for our every need (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
You can know Christ. You can experience new life. You can begin to live a life of lasting purpose, real hope, and genuine peace. Simply yield yourself to His control. Accept His promise. Believe He is who He says He is: Son of God, Savior of mankind, Lord of life. Ask Him to forgive you, make you His own, and take control of your life. Ask Him to grant you new life and a fresh start. Yield to His love, His mercy, and His grace. Open your heart and speak to Him in your own words. Call on Him to save you and give you eternal life. The Bible tells us whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:11-13).
Jesus said, “God loved people so much He sent His Son so they may have eternal life.” He also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nobody can get to the Father except through me.” And, “This is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent,” (John 3:16, 14:6, 17:3).
Grow in truth
All living things grow. As believers, alive in Christ, we are no exception. We are meant to grow – in truth.
Jesus said, “If you continue in my Word, then you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” He also said He would send the Holy Spirit, who would lead us into all the truth (John 8:31-32, 16:13).
The Apostle Paul writes that God’s desire is for us to come to the knowledge of the truth. He warns us to not be tossed about by deception. He tells us to grow up in Christ through speaking the truth. Peter also writes that we should long for the Word so we may grow in respect to salvation. He warns us not to be led astray by error, but to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 4:14-15; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:17-18).
Growth is fundamental to the Christian life. The truth is the means by which we grow. The Holy Spirit is the one who leads us into the truth. The Word of God is the source of the truth. Freedom is the result of growing in the truth.
At The Open Door, we encourage believers to continue to grow in truth. We challenge people with the truth so we may be free; free from the clutches of sin, and free from lies, fears, and bondage that would keep us from fully experiencing life.
What is truth?
Jesus was asked the same question by Pilate. Jesus didn’t answer Pilate, but had already revealed the answer for His disciples. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).
The Psalmist says God’s Word is a lamp for his feet and a light for his path (Psalm 119:105). The Apostle Paul tells us that Scripture, God’s Word, is inspired by God and profitable for teaching truth, exposing faults, restoring us, and training us in the ways of God, so we may be equipped to do good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Simply put, God’s Word is the truth that directs our lives. It is the foundation from which we build. Jesus said if we continue in His Word, we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. He told us the Holy Spirit would lead us into all the truth. Our words and lives are to reveal the truth (John 8:32, 16:13; 2 Corinthians 4:2).
That is why, at The Open Door, we desire that everything we do have its foundation in the Word of God.
At The Open Door, we believe it is vital to know Christ in a personal, living way. We also believe it is imperative that we grow in the truth of God’s Word. In doing so, we are challenged and motivated to ‘serve one another in love,’ (Galatians 5:13).
Our labor in the gospel is motivated because of love: the love we have experienced from the Lord Jesus, and the love that we have for others. Jesus told us to take the gospel message into all the world, making disciples and teaching people to follow Him. Love compels us to act. The result is a life characterized by serving others. As we serve others, our need to know Christ grows, as does our need to know the Truth. And so it continues in what we refer to as The Circle: Knowing Christ, Growing in Truth, and Serving Others.
We invite you to be part of Knowing – Growing – Serving. Experience the life Jesus has for you. Learn firsthand what He meant when He said, “If you lose your life, you will find it,” (Matthew 16:25).
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16).