What We Believe
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What We Believe:
The Scriptures are very clear about what it takes to become a child of God. Here is the simple plan revealed in God's word:
We must HEAR the Word. Without first hearing the God's word we would never know we are sinners and that the "wages of sin" is death (Romans 3.23; Romans 6.23). Without hearing, we wouldn't know of Jesus' sacrifice for our sins and our need for Him. It is also where our faith comes from (Romans 10.17)! Further, we should only listen to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matthew 17.5; Hebrews 1.1-2; Matthew 28.18).
We must BELIEVE what we hear. Merely hearing God's word doesn't save. We must believe what we hear or we are not likely to obey God's commands. In John 8.24, Jesus says, "...if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins." Yet, belief is not enough (James 2.24), we must "do" what God demands, that is, His will (Matthew 7.21)!
We must REPENT of our sins. Sin is what separates us from God (Isaiah 59.2). Therefore, if we intend to seek God's forgiveness, we must be willing to repent of our sins. Repentance means "turning away from sin" and making the effort to sin no more (1 Corinthians 6.9-11). If we aren't willing to repent of our sins, we cannot be saved (Acts 3.19; Acts 17.30-31).
We must CONFESS our faith. Those that wish to be saved must confess their faith in Jesus (Romans 10.9-10). It was Jesus Christ Himself who said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10.32).
We must be BAPTIZED. There is considerable religious confusion about baptism. Some think baptism isn't necessary, others believe we are saved before we are baptized. Note what the Scriptures say baptism does:
- Baptism shows a good conscience toward God / The Apostle Peter clearly confirms, "baptism doth also now save us" (1 Peter 3.21).
- Baptism washes away sins (Acts 22.16).
- Baptism gives entry "into" Christ (Romans 6.3; Galatians 3.27).
- Jesus, our authority, made baptism necessary when he gave His instructions in Matthew 28.18-20 and Mark 16.16. In other words, our sins are not washed away, and we are not "in Christ," until we are baptized.
- Since baptism is "for the forgiveness of sins" (Acts 2.38), we are still in our sins (and lost) until we are baptized.
- We should also realize that baptism is a burial or immersion--not sprinkling (Romans 6.3-4) and baptism is for believers, not infants (Mark 16.16).
- Many folks say "we aren't saved by works!" We agree. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We are simply obeying Jesus' instructions. However, James says we must have faith plus works (obedience) because faith obeys (James 2.14-26; note verse 24). We are saved by the mercy and grace of God, but He demands that we obey His Son by submitting to water baptism in His name for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2.38). God does the work through His Son's blood if we follow His instructions.
We must remain FAITHFUL. While baptism puts us "into Christ" (Galatians 3.26-27) and His blood washes away our sins (Revelation 1.5), we must still be obedient and faithful to God; otherwise, we will lose our souls. The Bible tells us "...be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Revelation 2.10). Many teach that once one is saved, he cannot be lost. However, the Bible is clear that we can lose our salvation; hence, we must remain faithful unto death.
If you haven't met these conditions and you want to obey the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, please let us know! Call/text: 903.308.4905