I. The Need for
"for all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
II. The Means of
"For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"I am the way,
and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
"And there is
salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that
has been given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"He made Him who
knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him." (II Corinthians 5:21)
"For Christ also
died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He
might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh but made
alive in the spirit." (I Peter 3:18)
III. The Steps
A. Realize the
God wishes to have fellowship with you.
"And the Word
became flesh, and dwelt among us." (John 1:14a)
"I came that you
might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 15:11)
"Peace I leave
with you; my peace I give to you." (John 14:27)
"These things I
have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be
made full." (John 15:11)
that sin stands in the way of that fellowship.
"For the wages
of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
C. Repent of
therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times
of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." (Acts 3:19)
Christ into your life.
"that if you
confess with mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead, you shall be saved, for with the heart man believes
resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in
salvation." (Romans 9:9,10)
IV. The Stages
is instantaneous. It frees us from the penalty of sin.
any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away;
behold, new things have come." (II Corinthians 5:17)
Sanctification is a process. It frees us from the power of sin.
"for it is God
who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
is the completion of our salvation. It frees us from the presence of sin.
citizenship is in heaven from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the
Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform the body of our humble state into
conformity with the body of glory, by the exertion of the power that He
has even to subject all things to Himself." (Philippians 3:20,21)
Living The Christian Lifestyle
Bible as our
is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be
adequate, equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16,17)
each local church.
"He is also head
of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the
dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything."
"But you are a
chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own
possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called
you out of darkness into His marvelous light;" (I Peter 2:9)
"Bring the whole
tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test
Me now in this,' says the Lord of hosts, 'if I will not open for you the
windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows."
buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him
through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead."
have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as
Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too
might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4)
"I am the vine,
you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much
fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to
everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet
with gentleness and reverence;" (I Peter 3:15)
(Most of the
above has been borrowed from the "Our Lifestyle Statement" of
Saddleback Community Church. We borrow it because it does address our
basic beliefs in a short and concise manner. By choice we use the NASV for
our biblical text.)