Plan of Salvation: ACTS 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Morris United Pentecostal Church's mission is to be a lighthouse to a lost and dying world to help point souls in need of salvation to a loving Savior.
The Bible is truth. The scripture says, "Thy word is truth." (John 17:17). It is the inspired Word of God. These are not words of men's wisdom, but the prophey came when holy men of old were moved by the Holy Ghost to speak and write.
There is only one God, according to Deuteronomy 6:4 and He is the creator of heaven and earth and all living beings. God is a Spirit (John 4:24), the Father of all humanity by creation. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). God was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16) and became the ultimate sacrifice for sin through Jesus Christ's death on the cross. In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1). And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:14). We reject the of the doctrine of Trinity formulated by the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. and are therefore "Oneness" with regards to the Godhead.
Who has sinned? The Bible clearly states that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And sin, when it is finished, bringeh forth death (Romans e:23 and James 1:15). The psalmist David reinforced this truth when he said, "There is none that doeth good, no not one." (Psalms 53:3). Because of one man's disobedience, many were made sinners. (Romans 5:19).
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation includes repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:36-41).
Because of Adam's disobedience, all men are born in sin, and, no matter how good they may try to be, they must follow God's plan in order to be saved. God has always been very specific in His instructions. He made the plan of salvation very clear, which is to repent, be baptized in Jesus' name for remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). How do you repent? Tell God you are sorry for your sins. Ask Him to forgive you, and He is willing and just to forgive you of your sins. Turn away from sins. The scripture says that godly sorrow worketh repentence (2 Cor. 7:10). If you are really sorry and turn away from sins, resolving never to do those things again, you are ready for baptism, which is the second step in the plan of salvation.
We believe that water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic ritual. The Bible clearly states, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16) Baptism is part of entering into the kingdom of God and therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership (John 3:5; Galatians 3:27). The proper "mode" or method of baptism is important, too. The word baptism comes from a Greek word, baptizo, which means "to dip, plunge, immerse, or be overwhelmed.". It is clear from this definition that the word baptism means "immersion." Only by immersion can one be identified with Jesus Christ in burial (Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12).
Why must candidates be baptized in the name of Jesus? Because we are obeying Jesus Christ's commandment in the Great Commission, which said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved... (Mark 16:15-16). Notice also Jesus' words, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matthew 28:19). Notice this word "name" is singular. The terms Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not names but are titles. Jesus is the NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. There is only one name given under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). That Name is Jesus!
In every instance in which a convert was baptized in the Book of Acts, we find he was baptized in the name of Jesus. In Acts 8:16, "...Only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 10:48, "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord," Acts 19:5, "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Even at Ephesus, when Paul arrived on the scene and found disciples of John, he asked, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" They had not even heard of the Holy Ghost, but when they heard, they gladly received his words and were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19:1-6).
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5). This spiritual baptism is vitally important to being in the kingdom of God and is evidenced by a convert speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-16; 19:6). "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" Acts 2:39.
Speaking in tongues is the initial manifestation God has ordained as a sign that a person has been filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6). It was experienced by Jews and Gentiles alike. Speaking in tongues means speaking miraculously in a language unknown to the speaker, as the Spirit gives utterance. Tongues can be classified in two ways, according to function: speaking in other tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gift of tongues as mentioned in I Corinthians 14.
No one can live a holy life by or through his own power; only through the Holy Spirit. We are instructed to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12. The scriptures further states that without holiness no one shall see the Lord, Hebrews 12:14. The believer presents themselves, holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:1), and separated from all worldliness (James 4:4).
God has made Himself known through the ages by miraculous healings and has made special provisions in the age of grace to heal all who will come to Him in faith believing. Divine healing was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; I Peter 2:24). Any sickness or disease can be healed by the power of God. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall rise him up", James 5:14, 15.
Second Coming of Christ
Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in bodily form, just as He went away (Acts 1:11). He will catch away a holy people (His bride, His church) who have accepted redemption through His blood, by birth of water and of the Spirit, and who are found faithful when He comes. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" I Thessalonians 4:16-17.
The scriptures give very clear information concerning the resurrection. Jesus spoke of it and it was recorded by John. "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" John 5:28-29.
The eternal destiny of every soul shall be determined by a just God who knows the secrets of every person's heart. "And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . . . Then shall He also say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels . . . And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal" Matthew 25:32-34, 41, 46
The "Wheel of Prophecy" study
guide widely distributed among
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and developed by our former
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