Today, I want to introduce a new series in our Bulletin articles. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I’m excited about the opportunity to finally start it. In this series of articles, we are going to explore God’s plan of salvation. Each week we will cover a step in the plan, digging into the various issues that surround each step. My plan for this series is to introduce the subject in the Bulletin and then preach on that same subject.
The Lord’s plan of salvation is an important subject that we need to be more comfortable with. What I mean is that we need to have a strong enough foundation with each step so that we can present the plan in its entirety, but also answer the questions that will naturally arise in our discussions with others.
The Lord’s plan of salvation is not some new idea created by the Church of Christ in the 17th century. Instead, it is explicitly stated in the pages of the Bible itself. Each step is biblical, Spirit inspired, and necessary for your salvation. Please don’t minimize them or reduce them to something less than the Lord’s Plan. Eternity hangs in the balance and that is far too important to brush aside as insignificant.
Today I will give you a brief introduction to each step and the Bible verses that support the step. The importance of this is not in my words, but the words of God. Thus, it’s imperative that you take the time to read each passage and consider the Lord’s words carefully. As you begin let me encourage you to have your Bible open and then pray about what you are studying. Ask the Lord for the help that only he can provide and let the word of God be your guide as you embark on this study.
The Plan of Salvation.
1. Hear the gospel message of your salvation – John 6:44-45; Rom. 10:14, 17.
2. Put your faith in Jesus and his sacrifice for your sins – John 3:16; 8:24; Mark 16:16; Acts 16:31.
3. Make the choice to change your life and live for Jesus – Luke 13:1-5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:10.
4. Confess your new faith in Jesus with your voice and actions – Matt. 10:32-33; Luke 9:26; Acts 8:36-37.
5. Be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins – Acts 2:38-39; Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:21.