From Pastor TIm
THE BIBLE SAYS WE ALL HAVE SINNED:
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Thankfully, the Bible says Jesus makes us right with God:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For god did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (john 3:16-17)
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
THE BIBLE GIVES SEVERAL PARTS OF THE SALVATION PROCESS
CONFESSION - Knowing your sin, knowing your helpless, fully trusting in Jesus as your salvation.
" That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." (1 John 1:8-10)
REPENTANCE - Fully turning from your sin and turning to Jesus as your new way of life.
"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 31-32)
"I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds." (Acts 26:20)
COMPLETE SURRENDER - We surrender to no longer live according to what we think is right, but according to how God directs us to live.
"Submit yourselves, then, to God."
BAPTISM - Being immersed in water, connecting yourself to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit. Click HERE to learn more about baptism.
"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
DAILY PURSUIT OF OBEDIENCE - not perfection, but an honest, fierce, pursuit of doing what Jesus says.
"But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:5)
LIVING IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHER BELIEVERS - no one can walk the road of the Christian life alone. We need encouragement, teaching from those wiser individuals who are farther down the path than we are, and accountability to make sure we stay on track. This is why regular church attendance and participation in a Sunday School class is highly encouraged.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42-47)
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE CAN HAVE ABUNDANT LIFE NOW AND ETERNAL LIFE LATER:
"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:12-13)
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
If you've made the decision to give your life to Christ and want to be baptized, please talk to one of the pastors or one of the elders or deacons. Nothing would bring us greater joy than to celebrate with you through this step of new life.