What We Believe:
Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God's plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABC's of salvation.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge god's authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of Sin. "For all have sinned and falling short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).
The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Spiritual death mean eternal separation from God. By God's perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God's Son and receive Jesus' gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with us by either phone or email. Following Christ's example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).
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Providence is God using what is frequently called chance or mistakes to stitch events into a tapestry of meaning. It refers to God's governance of all events as He directs them toward His intended end. The Old Testament Books of Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah provide a beautiful picture of God's providence over the smallest of circumstances for the purpose of redeeming His people.
Too often we miss rich truths that can be discovered from exploring Old Testament books of the Bible. Ancient peoples and distant lands don't always appear, at first glance, to be the most relevant for our own situation. Yet we do ourselves a disservice if we neglect the study of God's dealings with His people under the old covenant. We miss portraits of the God who calls, chastens, heals, nourishes, fights and provides for, and ultimately redeems His people. We too need this God.
In the New Testament, Paul writes that Old Testament things were written for our instruction (1 Cor. 10:11). If a royal butler toether with a theologian can rebuild a nation amid staunch opposition, if an attractive peasant girl can become queen just in time to prevent ethnic genocide, we can be encouraged that there is nothing God cannot do.