Based in Hebrews 6:1-2, this is the first step toward a powerful, saving relationship with God. The word “repentance” means a change of mind that “involves both turning from sin and turning to God”. It involves not only sorrow for one’s sins, but a change in one’s behavior. It is one’s turning from a life of sin over which the devil is lord, to a life of righteousness over which Jesus Christ is Lord.
This is the second foundational stone listed in Hebrews 6:1-2. Faith that saves is preceded by repentance. This kind requires obedience to the Word of God. Faith is trust and belief; a belief without initial proof. Faith in God is total confidence and trust that God will do all that He promises. It is an attitude of believing and agreeing with God that what He said in His Word is absolute.
This occurs when one repents from dead works (sin), reaches toward God in faith, and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he/she experiences salvation or the baptism into Christ. We all should answer some simple questions and find out where you stand in eternity.
Upon salvation, the new believer becomes part of the Church – not just a local church or a denomination, but the family of Christians on this earth called the Body of Christ. Each believer must discover and function in his God-ordained capacity in the Body.
Being baptized in water (complete submersion) is an act of obedience every believer is commanded to fulfill after repenting of sin and confessing faith in Christ. It is a separate experience from salvation and is meant to be an outward expression of the believer’s public renouncing of sin.
The apostles taught that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from the other three baptisms mentioned above. It gives the Holy Spirit preeminence in a believer’s life so God can accomplish His work. The gifts of tongues (prayer language) and prophecy are outward manifestations of this baptism (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:46, Acts 19:6).
The purposes of this act include ordination (Deuteronomy 34:9, Numbers 27:18), spiritual impartation (Numbers 27:20, Deuteronomy 34:9), divine appointment to position (Numbers 27:18), and transference of spiritual authority (Numbers 27:23). God has given every believer the authority to minister to those in need by the laying on of hands in the Name of Jesus.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is historically and spiritually important as a basis for our Christian faith. It has opened the way for all who receive Christ as Savior to experience the resurrection life (Colossians 2:13). The Bible speaks of four future judgments; the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15), the Judgment Seat of Christ (I Corinthians 3:8-16), the Judgment of the Living Nations (Matthew 25:31-46), and the Judgment of Fallen Angels (Jude 6:11, II Peter 2-4).
The book of the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is God’s infallible revelation as recorded by His servants when the divine authority of the Holy Spirit moved upon them. This same anointing came upon approximately 40 writers who wrote 66 books of the Bible in different locations over a period of 1,600 years – all without contradiction. The Bible is truly a miracle book!
Prayer is the act of entreating earnestly. It is thanks and praise given to God, as well as requests made of Him. It is a means of speaking to God and a time to hear Him speak back (John 15:7-8).
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