How To Identify The New Testament Church (Part 5) Because it gives a scriptural answer to the question "What must I do to be saved?"

The Bible clearly teaches that God wants everyone to be saved. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Though it is God’s desire that all men be saved, some will be lost. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13-14) This passage not only teaches that many will be lost, but it also teaches that the majority of the world will find themselves in this position on the day of judgment. Since it is God’s desire that all be saved, why will so many be lost? Many purposefully choose to disobey God and as a result, they find themselves in a lost condition. Then again, many refuse to follow the “complete” plan of salvation described in the Bible. For salvation to occur, God demands obedience. He did his part in giving His only begotten Son (Jn. 3:16). We must do our part by being obedient. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:8-9). Obedience requires that one hear God’s Word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17) One must have faith in God.” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6). One must repent of sins. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). One must confess his faith in Christ as the Son of God. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). One must be baptized for the remission of sins. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). When an individual is willing to comply to these requirements, he is then saved and the Lord himself adds him to his church (Acts 2:47). If a church teaches a plan of salvation foreign to the one just described, that church is not the New Testament church. The true New Testament church follows the “complete” plan of salvation described in the Bible.


Wait on the Lord

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen tine heart: ...

Daily Verse

Psalm 23:6

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." The Hebrew word for 'follow' in this verse means to run after, chase, hunt, or pursue. The idea is that when individuals allow the Lord to be their Shepherd, they will literally be chased down by God’s goodness and mercy. Have you made the Lord your Shepherd?