Approaching God in Search of
Pardon, Honor and Eternal Life
“FAITH comes by HEARING… the WORD of GOD” (Romans 10:17).
God predestines, that is, selects, “through… BELIEF in the TRUTH”.
He CALLS by means of the “Gospel… for the obtaining of the glory of… Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
The FAITH that, “in Christ… counts” is “FAITH WORKING through love” (Galatians 5:6). It is one that obeys, taking all the steps dictated by God as necessary for salvation. It is not “FAITH ONLY,” for that kind “is DEAD” (James 2:14-21).
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Are you approaching him?
BELIEVE, and continue drawing ever closer to receive pardon, peace, grace, power and life eternal!
STEPS of REPENTANCE
Steps to change attitudes and the direction of one’s walk. Such is the meaning of “REPENT.”
Resurrected, Jesus Christ commanded “that REPENTANCE and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47).
To be sure, God himself “commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
To the immoral and criminal: Of corrupt words, adultery, lasciviousness and unnatural sex. Of anger, racism, hate, verbal and physical violence, vengeance, the sale and/or use of illegal drugs, , alcoholism, fraud, theft and murder.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 4:22-31)
To the erring and corrupt religious: Of idolatries, traditions and commandments of men. Of false prophecies, making merchandise, immorality and the vanities of splendid positions and titles. Of divisions and persecutions.
1 Thessalonians 1:9; Mathew 7:21-23; 15:1-9; 23:1-36; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 6:3-8; 2 Timothy 4:1-5)
STEPS of confessing with your mouth
that Christ is the Son of God
Stand up firmly on your two feet and proclaim: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:26-40). “For one believes with the heart… and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved” (Romans 10:10).
STEPS into the waters
And, having “made the good confession” (1 Timothy 6:12), don’t stumble, coming up short, but proceed “without DELAY” to be immersed in the waters of baptism, just as did the treasurer of Ethiopia, the Philippian jailer, with his family, Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius and those with him, the 3,000 baptized on Pentecost and the rest converted to Christ in the first century (Acts 8:26-40; 16:25-40; 22:12-16; 10:24-48; 2:36-47; 1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:15-16).
Because Biblical baptism is “that your sins may be forgiven” (Acts 2:38), and is by immersion, the old man of sin being buried in waters and rising from them “a new creature” to walk “in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-7). Thus, “everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
STEPS of PERSEVERANCE
Lovingly, we encourage you to take the STEPS necessary to find a competent minister of Christ’s “new covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:6-17), who will baptize you biblically. Then, become a loyal, active member of a congregation that faithfully teaches the glorious STEPS of mental and spiritual renovation, of hope and salvation.
When you receive the “washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5), you also receive “the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38), and continuing in “doing good,” glory, honor, peace and eternal life will be yours!
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