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Youth Gathering July 10, 2011

For the Son of man is come to seek
and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10, KJV
God's Plan for Man's Salvation
First of all, it is very important to realize that God wants you to be saved.
"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim 2:3-4).
 Since Jesus died upon the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, we can follow the truth of the
 scriptures and receive forgiveness of our sins and hope of everlasting life..
"...If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
"In whom" [Christ] "we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph 1:7).
The scriptures reveal to us what we must do in order to be saved.  Since Jesus was the one who died upon the cross for us, let's notice the instructions that He gave.

 

Believe:

 "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" (John 3:16).

Confess:

"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).

Repent:

"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).

Be Baptized:

Jesus set the example in Matthew 3:13-17 and said, "...thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness" (vs 15). "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16).

Continued Obedience:

"If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

 
The life of a Christian is not one of perfection.  We should strive to do the best we can in living according to God's instructions.  But the simple fact is -  we do make mistakes.  However, we as Christians have a continued avenue of forgiveness available to us thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross of Calvary.  When we fall short, we should follow the instructions of 1 John 1:7-9          
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Please, obey the Gospel so that you can have your sins forgiven and live in the hope and peace that God offers, looking forward "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet 1:4).
 
Additional Scriptures Pertaining to the Steps of Salvation:
 
Biblical Examples of Christian Converts.  (click here)
 

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact us at david@granbychurchofchrist.orgWe will do our best to use the scriptures in answering your questions.

 


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