Salvation is offered by Christ to all that are willing to believe on His name and to obey His Word.
Here are some references to Scripture which teach the truths stated in the right-hand column:
Genesis 1-3, especially 1:26-27, 3:1-6, 24
1 Peter 2:21-25
2 Timothy 2:19
Acts 2, especially verses 21-24, 36-42
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17)
Romans 6:4, "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
We are created in the image of God. He made us, not just as creatures to occupy His world, but for a relationship with Him. Sin spoils that relationship. When we choose conduct that is contrary to God’s will, no matter how justifiable it seems to us, we become estranged from God. We are regarded by Him as sinners and are under His condemnation, having forfeited our relationship with God. It is a condition that is called being lost, and we are unable to save ourselves. Our only hope is in being saved, which can only happen if someone comes to our rescue and saves us.
In Jesus, God provides for our salvation. God the Son entered the world in the person of Jesus Christ. He bore the consequences of our sin Himself in His submission to death on the cross. By bearing our guilt Himself, He grants forgiveness to us and restores our relationship with Him for which we were created. We, however, must want to be saved and choose to obey the Lord to be saved. We do that by hearing the blessed message of Jesus Christ, putting faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord (the One who saves us from the guilt of our sin), repenting from our sins, confessing the name of Jesus and our belief that He is the Son of God, and being baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. We then rise to walk in newness of life with Him. Once saved, we must live faithfully as genuine disciples of Jesus Christ, which, of course, we will want to do if we truly believe in him.
As a congregation of the church of Jesus Christ, we believe our most important mission is salvation. If you want to know more about salvation through Jesus Christ, we want to help you. You may contact our minister by calling 478-757-9435.