vascript" src="static/js/analytics.js?v=1500596387.0" charset="utf-8"> Beliefs

Beliefs
Home What's New? About Our Church Beliefs Ministries Missions The Sonday Times This Is My Bible Useful Links Word for Today

 



Eternal Life | Baptism | The Lord's Supper | The Bible

bullet

Eternal Life

Salvation Through Christ: 
A Matter of FAITH

What do you think it takes for someone to get to heaven? Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more? The Bible has the real answer to this question. It's a matter of FAITH.

F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God's forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7a says, "In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins."

A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." But forgiveness is not automatic. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven," says Matthew 7:21a.

I is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven because of who He is and because of who we are. God is loving and just, but His judgment is against sin. James 2:13a says, "Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful." We are sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We can repent -- or turn -- from our sin and from ourselves. "But unless you repent, you too will all perish," Luke 13:3b says. We can also turn to Someone. Trust Christ alone. Romans 10:9 tells us how: "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here, that means life "to the full:" "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b)." In the hereafter, it means the promise of heaven: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3)."

So how can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.

You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don't need fancy words--only an honest heart. You can pray something like this:

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin, and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.

Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:

bulletFollow Christ's example in baptism.
bulletJoin a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
bulletIn your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
bulletBegin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.

We�d love to hear from you -- Please feel free to ask us any questions you have about becoming a Christian, or tell us about your decision to follow Jesus Christ. Please let us know how we can serve you by sending us an e-mail to Info@FirstBaptistNorthPole.org.   

 

bullet

Baptism

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of the church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

 

bullet

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
bulletMatt. 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20;
bulletMark 1:9-11; 14:22-26;
bulletLuke 3:21-22; 22:19-20;
bulletJohn 3:23;
bulletActs 6:2-5;
bullet1Cor 10:16, 21; 11:23-29;
bulletCol. 2:12  
bulletBaptist Faith and Message, 9 May 1963, p.13

 

bullet

The Bible

The question is asked, What is the Bible?   We pose this question and seek now to answer it.  The Baptist Faith And Message offers an excellent starting point by defining The Scriptures as follows:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man.  It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.  The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

One should view the Scriptures in the context of the larger picture of God's message.  First, God reveals himself.  He is a loving God and desires to communicate to us and have fellowship with us.  God's communication to us is defined as revelation, which simply means that God communicates to us.  Revelation comes in two forms, namely, natural revelation and special revelation.  Natural revelation means that God speaks to us through creation.  The heavens declare the glory of God.   We learn something of God's majesty and sovereignty from his enormous and meticulous creation.  Special revelation means that God communicates to us personally and specially. The Bible is defined as the special revelation of God.  Through the Bible God has communicated to us using words, thoughts and ideas.

Second, God inspired men in times past to record his revelation to us.  You will read in the Bible from time to time phrases such as the word of God came to a certain prophet or person.  God then moves in that person to record his word.  Thus, the Scriptures are born.  When God revealed himself to a particular prophet or apostle and moved that person to record his message, it is called inspiration.  In essence, God inspired prophets and apostles to record his message.

Third, that inspired revelation is then transmitted to us through the ages.  This is called the transmission of the word of God.  God governed the process of transmitting the Scriptures through the ages to ensure that what we have today is in fact and in content, the very word of God.  We can take comfort in the fact that the best, most ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts are indeed the Word of God.

Fourth, that inspired revelation, which has been transmitted to us, must be translated into an understandable language.  This is called the translation of the Word of God.  If a given translation reflects accurately the content of the best most ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, then one can take comfort in the fact that God's message is being communicated to you through that given translation. 

Fifth, that inspired revelation, which has been transmitted to us in the form of a translation, must be understood.  This process is called interpretation.  When one seeks to understand and apply the Bible under the direction of the Holy Spirit, he is then interpreting the Scriptures for himself. 

A word of warning is in order at this point. 
bullet

We believe that God is love.  He has a desire to communicate to us.  Since he is love he has no desire to lie to us or mislead us in anyway.  We believe that he is Lord.  He is incapable of being wrong or inaccurate.  Since he is Love, since he is Lord, we know that his special revelation, the Bible, is infallible and without error.  If his word is fallible and imperfect, then he is neither Love nor Lord.  

bullet

Not all translations are equal.  Care should be taken in selecting a Bible for study.  Make sure that the particular Bible you are using for study is not a paraphrase.  Make sure your study Bible is a translation from the best most ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. 

bullet

Care should be taken in interpreting the word of God.  The text and the context of a given passage should be scrupulously studied to understand it original meaning in the day it was written.  Attention should be given to word meanings, grammatical structure, and historical content.  With this background in mind, one is better able to let the Spirit work to apply the meaning of the Bible to heart and mind.

bullet

Well put are the words of The Baptist Faith And Message:  The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

 Written by Dr. Charles E. (Bobby) Holt   
Used with Permission

 

Online Tools:
Audio Bible
   Bible Basics
Bible Gateway
Bible Search Tool

The Unbound Bible
Bible Reference Library
Baptist Faith & Message

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bible World History Timeline
LifeWay:
Biblical Solutions For Life

Back Home Next

Contact WebMinistry@FirstBaptistNorthPole.org with comments or questions about this website.
Copyright � 2003 First Baptist Church of North Pole
Last modified: June 02, 2003
1