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How to be saved. How is a person saved from sin?

Baptism does save people 3.30.07

a) Throughout the Bible we have words like “save” and “saved.”
b) These words are generally associated with being saved from sin and becoming right with God.
c) A number of people have tried to take a few verses speaking about salvation and isolate them.
d) Mt. 1:21.
2) Does that mean we just sit back and do nothing? Does this mean the Lord will save all people?
3) Our next key text involving the word “save” is Mt. 16:25.
4) Mt. 18:11 is next – Jesus came to “seek and save the lost.”
5) Acts 2:40 says Peter told people to “save” themselves from a perverse generation.
6) Peter recognized that man must take some part in getting right with God.
a) There are religious groups that say “God does it all; man can do nothing.”
b) It is certainly true that we do not earn salvation; it is impossible to merit eternal life.
c) We can obey what God says, and this is what Peter had in mind in Acts 2:40.
d) If we want to be saved, the Bible says we must do certain things.
7) 1 Cor. 1:21 – a person is saved “by preaching.”
8) 1 Cor. 7:16 refers to a marriage where one spouse is a Christian and the other is not.
9) Paul said that through a good influence the Christian mate, that spouse may “save” their mate.
a) Preachers have a similar responsibility – 1 Tim. 4:16.
10) We need the right faith, but faith alone does not save (Jas. 2:26).
11) Faith must be accompanied by works (Jas. 2:14).
12) Acts 2:47.
13) Acts 4:12 says there is no other name under heaven under which we can be “saved.”
14) If we want to be among the saved, we must come to Christ and no one else.
15) If we come to Christ in obedience, He will put us in the church (Acts 2:47).
16) If we have not been put by Christ in the church, we have not come to Christ.
17) We learn about Jesus by “words” (Acts 11:14).
a) Cornelius was told Peter would “speak to him words” so he could be saved.
b) Angels know we cannot be saved without turning to the Bible.
18) Acts 16:30 has a man asking, “What must I do to be saved?”
19) Rom.5 :9 gives a partial answer to that question: we are saved (justified) by His blood.
20) Rom. 10:13 says a person is “saved” by calling upon Jesus (the context describes a confession).
21) 1 Cor. 15:2 says we cannot be “saved” unless we “hold fast the word.”
22) Eph. 2:5 says we are saved by the “grace of God.” We do not earn our merit our salvation.
23) 2 Thess. 2:10 says a person cannot be saved unless they “love the truth.”
24) 1 Tim. 2:4 says God wants all men to be saved (He does not want anyone left behind).
25) Along with God’s grace, Tit. 3:5 says God’s “mercy” is also involved in saving us.
a) We must be taught the gospel; as an angel said to Corneilus, there are “words to save us.”
b) Notice also how in Tit. 3:5 the writer refers to the “washing of water.”
26) Water is what we find associated with baptism in the New Testament.
27) Since the word “saved” is joined with water and baptism in Tit. 3:5, it seems baptism is essential.
28) “Saved” also occurs in 1 Pet. 3; this text will also be read.
29) We want 1 Pet. 3:20-21 – READ
a) Water “saved” people in the time of Noah.
b) Peter said there is a like thing today – baptism still “saves” people.
c) We need Christ, we need His blood, we need preaching, we need to cling to God’s word.
d) We need grace, we need mercy…there is a long list of things necessary for salvation.
e) On God’s list to for us to gain entrance to His church and heaven is baptism.
f) Acts 2:38 says this is baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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God will not save everyone – universalism is a false belief

Because Jesus willingly became obedient unto God, the Father, even unto death on the cross (Philippians 2:8), God gave “all authority in Heaven and Earth” to Him (Matthew 28:18). God went on to say, “Cursed is he that loveth not the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 16:22). In other words, whether we are saved or lost is up to Jesus. God will not even consider saving one apart from Jesus. It was Jesus who shed His blood, it is therefore Jesus who acquits or indicts.

In Mathew 7:21-23, we have very religious people who had done many wonderful works, cast out demons, and even prophesied all in the “name of Jesus!” However, they were lost. How do I know that? Because Jesus said, “Depart from me…I never knew you.”

In Revelation 5, we see God the Father setting on His throne in Heaven. He was holding the Book of Life, and it was still sealed. God would not open it! Only Jesus could take the Book and open it. If it were not for Jesus, the Book would have remained forever sealed!

Moving a little deeper, Jesus Himself cannot save you apart from His Blood. Paul, writing to Christians, said we have forgiveness of sins through His blood (Ephesians 1:7).

Many have convinced themselves that because Jesus died on the cross, everyone will be saved. Wrong. If that is true, why did God destroy Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Why did He strike Annaias and Sapphira dead for lying? (Acts 5:1-11).

The Bible teaches “without blood, there is no forgiveness” (e.g. Hebrews 9:22). Many believe we are saved by “faith only,” but that is not what God has said (James 2:24). We must apply the blood of Christ to our sins, or there will be no forgiveness. We do that by “obedience to the faith” (Romans 16:26). — Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Ordain and ordination – what do these words mean?

A common word within religious groups is “ordain.” What does this word mean? Who is “ordained”? What is an “ordained minister?” Who can become an “ordained minister”? What are the qualifications for an “ordained minister”?

As with any other Bible question, we must go back to the Bible for answers. The word “ordain” does occur in the scriptures. In the Greek New Testament a verb translated “ordain” is (diatasso), a term that occurs sixteen times. Readers may find this term in Mt. 11:1; Lk. 3:13; 8:55; 17:9, 10; Acts 7:44; 18:2; 20:13; 23:31; 24:33; 1 Cor. 7:17; 9:14; 11:34; 16:1; Gal. 3:19; Tit. 1:5.

When the previous references are studied, readers find that “ordain” means things like “give orders,” “command,” “direct,” or “prescribe.” Jesus “commanded” the twelve disciples (Mt. 11:1). An “order was given to the churches of Galatia” (1 Cor. 16:1).

By studying these Bible verses readers instantly see that the scriptures use “ordain” to describe commands and instructions. The term does not describe a “special person” who is “set aside” or “license” for religious purposes. In the Bible there is no such thing as “licensing a preacher.” Ordination is a false idea created by men (Mt. 15:8-9); it has no Biblical basis. Men may wear special clothing to indicate they are “religious.” They may have clerical collars and call themselves “Reverend,” “Pope,” “Cardinal,” or some other title, but they cannot get these kinds of things from the Bible. Men often seek to exalt themselves in a religious group, but this is precisely the type of behavior Jesus said is wrong (Mt. 23:12).

The next time someone says they are “ordained,” ask them who did the ordaining. Was it “God or man” (Mt. 21:25). If a person is honest, they will say their ordination came from a school or their own religious group. They will not be able to say it came from God or from the word of God.

When people use Biblical words like “ordain” and “ordination,” be sure those words are being used in a way like the Bible describes.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Is a church building a “holy place”?

Many have the idea that a church building or a “church sanctuary” is a holy place. Such views are not supported by the New Testament, but by the “doctrines and traditions of men” (Mt. 15:8-9).

It is true that under the Old Testament system the nation of Israel had a physical temple. This was a special place for God’s people to commune with God. Much of the Old Testament system was an “earthly” system (people were able to see and touch different aspects of the Mosaic law). In the New Testament (and this point is made repeatedly throughout the book of Hebrews), there has been a change in the law. Notice how the Hebrew writer expressed this change in the eighth chapter of Hebrews:

But now hath he obtained a ministry the more excellent, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises. 7 For if that first (covenant) had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers In the day that I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; For they continued not in my covenant, And I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his fellow-citizen, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new (covenant) he hath made the first old. But that which is becoming old and waxeth aged is nigh unto vanishing
Jesus dealt with this same subject in Jn. 4: 23-24: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

After Paul became a Christian and started preaching the gospel he said God does not “dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24).

Not only does the Bible tell us there are no “special places for God” (and this proves church buildings are not “holy places”), the New Testament establishes this point in another way. A common New Testament word for “temple” is “hieron” (this is a Greek adjective). This term is used several times in the book of Matthew, several times in the book of Mark, several times in Luke, John and Acts. In the remaining books of the New Testament this term is found only once (1 Cor. 9:13). This indicates that Christians had changed their attitude towards where God was located. Instead of looking for God in a physical place, they realized that God is not bound by some type of structure (Acts 17:24). Today, when people assemble, a “church building” is not any more “holy” than a public park or a private home. When people realize that “church” means the people and not a building, then and only then will they begin to realize just how different the Old Testament is from the New Testament.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Visiting the sick – how to make a hospital and nursing home visit

1. Whether you are a preacher, church member, or just a kind hearted person who wants to visit someone who is ill, there are tips to know and use for successful visitation. Maybe of the following things are commonly observed by preachers, but non-ministers may also profit from them.

2. See if the person really wants visitors. A person may be too ill to have visitors, or may be in a “critical care unit” where few visitors are allowed. Perhaps check with the extended family to see if visits are appropriate.

3. When making visits, try to be brief. Sick people are usually tired. If they have more than one visitor a day, it can drain them of strength. In a hospital setting, try to limit visits to 5-10 minutes, 15 minutes at the most. For nursing home visits, try to stay for at least 30 minutes.

4. Make your visits “upbeat.” Speak about positive things. Encourage the person who is ill. Treat the person as you would want to be treated.

5. Follow the rules. Remember that you are a visitor. As a guest you do not make the rules. If you have questions about something, find a person who can answer them and ask what is right. Rather than assume, get the facts so your visit goes well.

6. Avoid being loud and boisterous—this is for the sake of the one you are visiting plus the sake of others.

7. Do not ask personal questions about the ill person’s sickness. Do not ask what type of surgery they are having, the “odds of their not making it,” etc. Avoid telling them that you “Went through the same thing,” or “You know someone who had the same problem and they died from the operation.”

8. Ask the person if he would like a prayer. Try to think in advance of what you will say in the prayer. Perhaps hold the person’s hand as you pray. Avoid giving false hope in a prayer; do not pray for things that are clearly contrary to God’s revealed will.

9. Exit graciously. If appropriate, promise to come back and do make a follow-up visit. Treat the person as you would want to be treated, and you can become a great encourager of those who are ill!

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Discerning the Scriptures

One might think that while Jesus was on earth, being the Son of God, He would have very little use for the Scriptures. But a simple glimpse at His life and ministry reveals just the opposite. On every hand we find Him quoting Scripture or alluding to its content in His teaching, and personally submitting His life to the authority of the Scriptures. Whether He was struggling with Satan in temptation (Luke 4:1-13), teaching crowds by the sea shore (Luke 5:1-11), or instructing His disciples on a hillside (Matthew chapters 5-7), Jesus’ words were always punctuated with citations from the Scriptures.

They were on His lips in prayer, and even in His sufferings, His mind was so saturated with the words of Scripture that He used them to express His own feelings. The anguish of David centuries earlier became the expression of His own agony as He cried from the cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Even His last words while on the cross was a quote from Psalm 31:5, “Into Thy hands, I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46).

Furthermore, Jesus totally submitted His life to the authority of the Scriptures. Why didn’t He ask to be rescued from the cross? “How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled?” (Matthew 26:53-54). He said He “must go to Jerusalem and be classed among criminals because that which is written must be fulfilled” (Luke 18:31-33; 22:37).

Jesus’ view of the Scriptures is very different than that of the majority of the present world. As Jesus became obedient unto His Heavenly Father’s will, even unto death on the cross (Philippians 2:8), we at the Tenth & Jackson Street church of Christ are striving to “walk in His footsteps” (1Peter 2:21), by studying, learning, and obeying only the Heavenly Father’s will revealed in the Scriptures (2Timothy 3:16-17). Nothing is taught without being underscored by Book, chapter and verse. Our creed book (the Bible only), will never need to be updated or revised (Mark 13:31). –Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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