April 14, 2018
Saturday at 2 pm
CHURCH OF CHRIST
760 N. 12th Street
Piggott, AR 72454
Bible Study - 10:00 am
Worship - 10:45 am
Evening - 6:00 pm
Bible Study - 6:00 pm
P.O. Box 126
Piggott, AR 72454
How Can I Be Saved?
The three basic elements of salvation are grace, faith, and obedience.
There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. (Rom. 3:23-25)
We have all committed sins that need to be forgiven, but we cannot atone for those sins ourselves.
By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Eph. 2:8-9)
God made the perfect sacrifice for our sins by sending Christ to the cross. We cannot earn salvation. It is a gift given by the grace of God, but this gift comes with conditions.
Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1)
Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb. 11:6)
Faith is the first requirement for receiving God's wonderful gift of salvation. We must believe in God, God's word, and that Jesus is the Christ, His Son, who died for our sins.
A person is justified by works and not by faith alone. (James 2:24)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)
True faith produces active obedience, which is the other requirement for receiving God's gift. James demonstrated that "faith without works is dead," and dead faith falls short of God's requirements for salvation (James 2:14-26).
What works must we do? God has provided those in his word. The book of Acts is a narrative of how the gospel was first spread by the apostles under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In each story, forgiveness was preceded by faith, repentance, and baptism.
When asked what they needed to do, Peter answered, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins..." (Acts 2:38)
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ... (I Peter 3:21)
Our responsibilities do not end when we are baptized. We must remain faithful and grow.
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you- unless you believed in vain. (I Cor. 15:1-2)
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Heb. 10:24-25)
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev. 2:10)
Receive God's Gift Today
Reaching heaven requires total commitment, but the reward is worth it. John gives us a glimpse of heaven in Revelation 21. It is an eternal existence free from death, sorrow, and all evil. The alternative, if we fail to meet God's conditions, is the lake of fire, a place of pain and sorrow without end. Nothing in this world is worth missing heaven.
Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37)
As Ananias said to Paul, "And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name." (Acts 22:16)