Our Beliefs/Salvation

 

“AS CHRISTIANS, WE BELIEVE…”
…that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only rule and guide of our faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
…that included in God’s plan of salvation are the following requirements for all believers:
FAITH
Hebrews 11:1-6
 
REPENTANCE
Acts 2:38; 3:19
 
CONFESSION OF “JESUS AS LORD”
Romans 10:9-10
 
BAPTISM (by immersion) INTO CHRIST
Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5
 
FAITHFULNESS TO CHRIST
I Corinthians 15:2; Revelation 2:10
 
…that believers should be called Christians only, without adding any human prefix to this name. Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16
 
…that believers should practice the partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. The example of the early church implies that communion was practiced each Lord’s day. Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:18-30
 
…that the Holy Spirit is a gift to the believer at baptism. He is a part of the godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He convicts, intercedes, consoles, and renews the believer. Acts 2:38; John 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13
 
 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps at this point you don't realize that you need eternal life, or that living forever is even an option. The fact is that we have been created by God and He desires for us to have life that is full and joyful (John 10:10).  Our relationship with God is a great thing, but there is a problem. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . a separation that no human being can bridge. We can't be good enough, smart enough, or work hard enough, because even ONE sin puts us completely out of the reach of God's holy nature (Romans 3:23). We are destined to be separated from Him forever (Romans 6:23), but there is good news. God has provided a bridge for us. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 . . . and that bridge is Jesus Christ. Even in our hopelessness and helplessness, Jesus has come to the rescue (Romans 5:6-8; 1st Peter 3:18). Because He was perfect, He could take the penalty of our sin on Himself and pay it for us. Because He was God in flesh, that substitution could cover us all. His resurrection verified that He not only paid the penalty, but conquered death so that we could live forever, just like He does. The only thing stopping us from being back in relationship with God is for us to cross the bridge. We have to respond to His gift. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . and our response is fairly simple. The Bible says that we must believe that Jesus Christ rose from death and trust Him as our Savior (Romans 10:9-10). This belief is not just affirming facts, but trusting Him with our lives. It is a decision of the heart to live for Him completely. The Bible also asks us to confess our faith (Romans 10:9-10). We must be willing to say publicly what we believe. Then the Bible calls us to repent, or turn away from sin and toward God (Acts 2:38) as a demonstration of our commitment to live for Christ, and not for Satan or the world. The Bible then calls us to be immersed in water (“baptism”) so that our sins might be forgiven and that God's Spirit might come to live in us (Acts 2:38). Baptism is that moment in time when God's grace makes us alive. To read more about baptism, click here.

 

  

 

Now that we have crossed the bridge, we enjoy the benefits of a restored relationship with God. . .

 

 

 

 

 

. . . namely, eternal life (because eternal death has been defeated), standing innocent before God, and looking forward to eternity in God's presence (John 5:24).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, are you ready to begin walking with God? He wants you to be His disciple and live faithfully for Him. For more information or to ask more questions, send us an e-mail, call the church office, or, better yet, visit with us this Sunday.

 

 

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