Salvation

The Plan of Salvation

Q: WHY MUST I BE SAVED?

A: Because the Bible says that "ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23. It is NOT enough to be a GOOD PERSON. Our goodness does not negate sinful natures. We must all be “born again” if we are to live eternally with God.

Q: WHAT IF I’M NOT SAVED?

A: The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23. To die without being saved will result in an eternity spent in hell, a place of great torment.

Q: CAN I BE SAVED WITHOUT CHRIST?

A: No. Jesus said "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life; no man comes to the Father (God) except by Me." -John 14:6. There is no other means of salvation. It was Jesus Christ that sacrificed His own life on the CROSS for our salvation. Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and etc. are all false paths that will only lead to eternal death.

Q: HOW DO I RECEIVE SALVATION?

A: The Bible says that "if we confess Jesus Christ as Lord (of OUR lives) and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead" we would be saved. - Romans 10:9. We must turn away from sin, surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, and commit ourselves to live for Him and Him alone.

THE SALVATION PLAN IS AS SIMPLE AS ABC:

A: Acknowledge that you are a sinner.
B: Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
C: Confess (declare) with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life.

If you would like to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior, pray this prayer:

"Father, I acknowledge my sin. I understand that my sin separates me from you. Thank you for giving your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place. Thank you for raising him from the grave. I repent for my sinful life and I surrender my heart, my will and my life to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit, so that I can serve you the rest of my days, in Jesus' name, Amen."

If you have sincerely prayed this prayer, CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME TO GOD'S ROYAL FAMILY! Now that you have taken that giant leap, there are some important next steps you need to make.

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Fresh Start for New Believers

All of heaven is overflowing with joy because of the great decision you made to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. In order to help you enjoy the abundant life Jesus Christ promised in John 10:10, these are the next steps you need to take:

1. WATER BAPTISM

Acts 2:41 – “Those who ACCEPTED his message were BAPTIZED…”

After ACCEPTING (believing) the Gospel message, the next step in your Christian walk is BAPTISM. Baptism is an outward, visible expression of something that has taken place in your heart. Just as wedding rings and ceremonies are a statement to the world that two people are committed and joined to each other, baptism shows the world your commitment and union to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Baptism is NOT optional; it is commanded by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19) and occurs AFTER one has been born again (Acts 2:38). Thus, baptism is a matter of obedience to the Lord Jesus!

Exceeding Grace Christian Center holds a Baptismal Celebration for all our New Believers. To register for the next scheduled baptism, click here to go to our Contact Page.

3. CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

Acts 2:42 - “They DEVOTED themselves to the apostles teaching…”

Now that you have begun a new life in Jesus Christ, you need to learn His will and plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). Just as a quarterback cannot perform without knowing his play book, the believer will be unsuccessful without a working knowledge of God’s Word. Joshua 1:8 tells us to “meditate on (the Word) day and night, so that you may do what’s written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Notice that these new believers DEVOTED THEMSELVES to learning. Make the commitment to yourself to learn as much as you possibly can about the Word of God.

4. CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Acts 2:42 - “They devoted themselves... to the FELLOWSHIP…”

People who start diet and exercise programs, or stop smoking generally find it much easier to do so with a partner. That’s because there is strength in numbers. The same applies to the Christian walk. Sure, you could make it by yourself, but we are designed to be together (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). The Bible tells us that when the family livestogether in unity, it is good and pleasant, and brings a blessing from God (Psalm 133:1). Build Christian friendships that will help your growth and not hinder it.

In addition to building relationships with other believers, you can also take advantage of several fellowship groups at Souls Harvest Fellowship. These groups include our men, women, couples, young adults, single parents, teens, and more. Get hooked up today!

5. HOLY COMMUNION

Acts 2:42 - “They devoted themselves...to the BREAKING of BREAD…”

The Good News that these new believers had accepted was that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay for their sins as well as ours. So as often as possible, they remembered Christ’s sacrifice with a memorial meal. For this meal, the believers used unleavened bread (bread without yeast) and wine (Matthew 26:17-30). Today, we celebrate as well (generally on the 1st Sunday of each month) using wafers and 100% grape juice. This memorial, also called The Lord’s Supper, is always a fresh reminder of how much God loves us and how we should also love each other (1 Corinthians 11:17-43).

6. CORPORATE PRAYER

Acts 2:42 - “...They devoted themselves...to PRAYER.”

Prayer is the tool that Father God gave us to communicate with Him and He intends for us to use it. Through prayer we acknowledge God, worship God, seek His will, make our requests, seek His forgiveness, and pray for deliverance and protection of ourselves and others (Matthew 6:9-13). God invites us to come boldly to Him (Hebrews 4:16) and He listens attentively as we speak freely from our hearts. We must never neglect this quality time with the Father, He longs to spend time with us.

Corporate prayer: Everyone is Welcome

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