Behold one of the most mysterious and beautiful facets of God’s dealings with humanity: From the moment that you first rest in Jesus Christ as your only hope, you are forever joined with Jesus in such a way that God the Father sees you always and only in Jesus. Through faith, the deeds of Jesus become your deeds, his life becomes your life, and all his goodness is credited to your account (John 17:20 – 23; Romans 4:22 – 25; 5:17 – 19; 6:11; Colossians 3:3). Jesus Christ on the cross joined himself with sins that were not his own.
The one thing we most urgently need in Western Christendom is a deeper knowledge of God. We need to know God better. When it comes to knowing God, we are a culture of the spiritually stunted. So much of our religion is packaged to address our felt needs - and these are almost uniformly anchored in our pursuit of our own happiness and fulfillment. God simply becomes the Great Being who, potentially at least, meets our needs and fulfills our aspirations. We think rather little of what he is like, what he expects of us, what he seeks in us.
Along with Matthew and Mark, Luke’s Gospel is one of the three synoptic gospels of the New Testament. The longest of the Gospels, it is the first of a 2-part volume, along with the Acts of the Apostles, which together account for over a quarter of the New Testament.
A simple and concise description of Luke’s Gospel is given by Luke himself in the opening verses of Acts which states:
“In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up…” (Acts 1:1-2a, ESV).
The question has been asked of Protestantism: “Where was your church before the Reformation?” One response wittily put forward asks “Where was your face before you washed it this morning?” The Reformation was a cleansing of an increasingly “dirty” church; a rediscovery of truths largely hidden or forgotten; a return “to more biblical foundations in relation to its belief system, morality and structures”. (Historical Theology, McGrath, p158)
Why you shouldn't reject Christianity because of hypocrites in the church:
i) The existence of Christian hypocrisy actually proves the Bible is true. If Christianity is true then we should expect Christian hyopcrisy to exist. The Bible fully acknowledges the existence of such people. There are numerous warnings directed to them and to the church to watch out for them. (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 15:7; 22:18; 23:13, 15; 23:23, 25, 27, 29; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 6:42; 12:56; and 13:15)
If we thus ask for the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit, it will follow, dear friends, that we shall be ready to use all means and helps towards the understanding of the Scriptures.
When Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch whether he understood the prophecy of Isaiah he replied, “How can I, unless some man should guide me?” Then Philip went up and explained to him the word of the Lord.
From John Piper:
Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Three reasons this is not legalism:
God only ever wants what is best for those who are in Christ. No matter what the circumstances or how difficult things may seem, he promises it is for our good and his glory.
The Bible offers proof of this. Consider the following passage from Paul's letter to the Romans:
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (ESV)