A ministry that caters to the development of the whole man, has no racial barriers and provides a platform where people can be delivered from depression and oppression.
THE MEANING OF SALVATION
Nothing can be more important to a new church member than to know for certain that he/she is saved. Many Christians live frustrated and defeated lives because of a failure to understand the plan of salvation. Non-commitment and irregular church attendance can be related to insecurity about salvation.
(Matthew 1:21, Hebrews 10:25).
THE CONVERSION EXPERIENCE
Conversion simply means to turn about. In conversion we turn to God from our sins. Conversion may be viewed in three steps:
- Conviction is the first step in conversion. The salvation experience starts with conviction which is awareness of one’s sinful condition. It is remorseful
(Acts 2:37). Conviction is brought about by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8).
- Repentance involves sorrow for one’s sinful condition (Psalms 38:17-18). It must be volitional-the exercise of one’s personal will. The equipment for repentance is seen in (Acts 2:38).
- Faith is trust. At this step, a person is trusting in Christ that He can save him/her. Faith is an absolute necessity. The Scripture says “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6a)
When a person reaches the point of belief, God regenerates him/her (saves him/her). God does not save at the point of faith. God saves at the point of belief (Acts 8:37, 16:31). At belief, salvation becomes our personal possession. It must be a specific belief as taught in (Romans 10:9). Salvation is truly a “gift from God”.
Water baptism symbolizes what god has already done through His work (John 15:3) and His blood (1 John 1:7). The formula of water baptism was given by the Savior as recorded in (Matthew 28:19-20) namely, in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
HOW TO BE SAVED
- Acknowledge– Admit to be true. “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” Romans 3:23.“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
- Repent– To be Godly sorry. Sorry enough to quit wrong doing. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be bloted out” Acts 3:19.
- Confess– Admit, reveal. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
- Forsake– Quit, give up, leave entirely alone once and for all. Be willing for God to take all desire for sin away from you.“Let the wicked forsake his way….” Isaiah 55:7
- Believe– To relay on, to have faith and confidence in, to put ourselves into the hands of God.“That if thou shall confes with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” Romans 10:9.
- Accept– Take receive, to welcome, claim. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12.“And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” John 6:37.“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM SAVED
The scriptures provide us our real proof of salvation. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk no after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Our salvation is predicated on God’s word. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God”
(I John 5:13). It is through the scriptures that we are made “wise unto salvation” (II Timothy 3:15).
Our salvation is as sure as God’s word. The Psalmist recognized the immutability of God’s word and said, “Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89). God has given us His word that He will save us if we believe (John 3:16, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:9).
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature.” (II Corinthians 5:17). The joy of your salvation will intensify if you will share God’s plan of salvation with others, and thereby lead lost souls to Christ (Romans 6:4).