MOORE — We are grateful for all the Moore American readers’ presence today as we take a little time to continue our study on the teaching of Christ.
You can learn more about that knowledge of Jesus the Christ by visiting us this Lord’s Day at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 728 S.E. 12th St. in Moore.
Please grab your Bible today and follow along and check our message (1 Thessalonians 5:21). In Acts 4:12 the writer tells us that only in Christ is there salvation. Only Jesus the Christ “is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25).
God designed the scheme of redemption, the plan of salvation not the members of the East Ridge church of Christ. Christ carried it out and the Holy Spirit gave it life. God does not save men apart from their voluntary will. Salvation is freely offered but it must also freely be received. How and where does one find that plan of salvation?
It seems that I sometimes encounter individuals who endorse what is called “The Sinner’s Prayer.” In brief, it says we must 1) admit we are sinners who are unable to save ourselves, 2) acknowledge that Christ is the only Savior, and, 3) accept him as our Savior by confessing ourselves to be sinners and saying “Lord, I accept you as my Savior.” One writer said, “It’s that simple, but it is a prayer with eternal results.”
Well that may sound divine, but nowhere will you read that a Christian did that in the New Testament?
We plead that you use only the Bible for your soul saving instructions. Why? John 17:17, tells us why, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
When the people on Pentecost realized they had crucified the very Son of God and asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Did Peter say “Pray?” Peter did not. They were told to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38. When Saul of Tarsus had been praying and fasting for three days and nights, what did Ananias tell him to do? “Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).