We believe that man may have salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin through personal trust in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for man’s sin 1 Peter 2:24. Through faith in Jesus Christ, man is born again John 3:3, possesses a new nature 2 Corinthians 5:17, and has the promise of eternal life Romans 6:23. Salvation cannot come through works, but only through the grace of God Ephesians 2:8,9.
We believe that those who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation have the promise of eternal life as a present possession John 5:24, and therefore they are guaranteed eternal life Ephesians 4:30. It is the privilege of the believer to have a present and continuing assurance that he possesses salvation 1 John 5:13. The Creation of Man and His Fall – Man is physical, which is his body, and spiritual, which is His spirit or soul. Both aspects were a direct result of God’s creative hand Genesis 2:7, in which he made man in his image and likeness Genesis 1:26, 5:1. Mankind fell when Adam and Eve failed the test of obedience in the Garden of Eden. Sin was passed from generation to generation Romans 5:19; Genesis 3:6-24. Sin is anything contrary to the character of God and that does not bring glory to God. Sin causes separation between God and Man Romans 6:23.
We believe in a literal Heaven in which God dwells and Christ dwells. We believe that when believers die they go to be with the Lord in Heaven. We believe in a literal Hell that was prepared for the Devil and his angels Matthew 25:41. Man will go to Hell after death by choice, because he has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and he will spend eternity there in torment separated from God.
We believe that Satan is a created being of God, and that he fell because of sin to his present state Isaiah 14:12-17. He is the author of sin Genesis 3:1-19. He has been judged through the death of Christ on the cross John 12:31. He will be eternally judged in the lake of fire Revelation 20:10.
1.Recognize God’s Plan – Peace and Life
The Message you have just heard stressed that God loves you and wants you to experience His peace and life. The Bible says …”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.” John 3:16
2. Realize Our Problem – Separation
People choose to disobey God and go on their own way. This results in separation from God. The Bible says …”For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:233.
3. Respond To God’s Remedy – The Cross
God sent his Son to bridge the gap. Christ did this by paying the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross and rose from the grave. The Bible says …”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we are still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:84.
4. Receive Christ – As Lord and Savior
You cross the bridge into God’s family when you prayerfully ask Christ to come into your life. The Bible says,”Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
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1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (receive Him as Lord and Savior).
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name, Amen