What does it take to be "saved"?
Romans 10.9-14 teaches us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. As such any person who hears God's word and responds with by confessing with their mouth belief that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead, is saved.
What is "salvation"?
Ephesians 1 & 2 teach plainly of the personal state of a believer as being flooded with every one of the blessings available in the heavenly realms, and that this is done by the predetermined plan of God in his wisdom. Moreover, that a person's "state" is transformed, from death and alienation from the living God, to one of wholeness and completion now eternally before the living God as a welcome member of the family of his children. Ephesians 2.8-9 teaches explicitly that to have "been saved" is the result of the gift of grace from God to have faith in him through the name of Jesus Christ....
Salvation is freedom:
- from the fear of Death,
- from the clutches of Sin,
- and from slavery to the Devil.
What do I need to "do" to be saved?
Listen to the Word of God, and when the Holy Spirit plants the faith in your heart to believe in Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior, confess this!
Find a local church to become a member of right away and seek to be baptized in your confession.
* Please contact our Elders to discuss this in detail.
What should I do if I am "seeking" the Truth?
John 16.13 records Jesus' challenge to all to consider waiting on the Holy Spirit to reveal all truth to the listener. Sit before the Scriptures and listen to them, pray for understanding in the name of Jesus, and give time for God to speak. He will reveal himself to you.
Acts 4.23-31 confirms this promise in the lives of the believers in the early Church. In prayer and confession of the truth, the Lord recognized their little group and answered their petitions.
- Seek God
- Seek to be in community with his people (your local church)
- Read his Word
- Pray in faith
- Worship him!
Do I "need" to go to church?
Hebrews 10.19-25 leaves no doubt of the need to gather frequently with others in the believing community. In meeting together there is:
- fellowship in the Body of Christ
- a building up of one another
- a care taken over the physical and spiritual lives of others
- great encouragement
- prevention of idleness, distraction and apathy
- accountability, stewardship and mentorship
- growth in confidence of our identity in Christ Jesus
- the presence of our Lord!