What Must I Do To Be Saved? [video]

(What Must I Do To Be Saved?) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson. Video Lesson.

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“How Do I Join Your Church?”

(How Do I Join Your Church?) Bible Question.

Question:

“I have been attending a church of Christ and love the people and the simple style of worship. I want to get involved with the church. But I am told I must be a member first. How do I join your church?”

Answer:

I am thrilled that you are considering this decision.

First, it is not my church. The church belongs to the One who “purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28; New American Standard Bible). To be part of the body of Christ is to be cleansed by the blood of Christ. When you do that, the Lord will add you to the church, just as He did in Acts 2:47.

The steps to claiming the blood of Jesus are simple. . .

You must have faith in God and in His Son, the Christ. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

You must repent of your sins and turn away from the call of the world. “Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

As both these verses also state, you must be washed in the blood of the Lamb by being baptized. “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:21)

Having been cleansed by the blood of Jesus to be made a child of God, you must live your life as a confession of your faith, reflecting Jesus in all you say and do. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17).

These steps are simple, but life-changing. It is not difficult to become a part the great family of God. But it is a lifetime investment in serving the God of heaven. I again encourage you to become part of God’s family.

Related Posts On This Blog:

How Does One Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

New Testament Conversions

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4 Modern Views of Religious Conversion

(4 Modern Views of Religious Conversion) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

Many people have ideas about religious conversion that differs from the New Testament pattern. Your objective of this lesson is to critique each of the views cited below. Refer to the Scripture verses listed to decide how that view differs from what is taught in the book of Acts.

View #1: Personal Decision

“Getting religion” is something that is quietly done between an individual and God. There is no need for ceremony or ritual. There is no need for anyone to tell me what to believe, or for me to tell someone else what I believe. It is a totally invisible and silent process. (Acts 8:12, 30, 31)

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View #2: Good Is Good Enough

There are people who aren’t Christians who really do not need to be converted. They are already living good lives. They really do not need Jesus. (Acts 10:1 – 5)

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View #3: A Matter Of Cultures

We need to share the gospel, but only with people within our own social group. We really can’t relate to people of other backgrounds. In fact, we probably don’t have a right to tell a person of another culture that our religion is better than his. (Acts 8:5, 26 – 29; Acts 10:34, 35)

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View #4: Beyond Hope

Some people are beyond hope of salvation. It is a waste of time to even try to convert them. For example, when we try to convert a hardened criminal, we only put ourselves in danger of being used or even physically hurt. (Acts 9:1 – 19)

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The examples in the Bible show us clearly that God desires everyone to learn of Him, believe, repent of their sins, confess faith in Christ, and be buried with Him in baptism. Have we been acting on the basis of false information about conversion? What do we need to do about it?

Related Links (click to open):

How Does One Enter The Kingdom of Heaven?

New Testament Conversions

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Encouragement For Young People: Your Attitude Towards Becoming A Christian

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