What Must I Do To Be Saved?
1) One must hear. The only way to learn God's plan is to hear it! You must be willing to listen to and read God’s Word with the intent to obey what is heard and read. Great and lasting faith is the reward of an attentive listener (Matthew 17:5). This is the faith which will prompt you to do all which God commands (Romans 10:17).
2) One must believe. Once you have heard God's plan, then it is time to believe what has been learned. To believe is to have faith in something. In this case, believing the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is the Son of God (Hebrews 11:6).
3) One must repent. A wonderful part of God's creation is the way he created man --- with the ability to choose his own path. God will not force you to do what is right. Though this is true, God desires you to make a change from a sinful life to a righteous one. That is the simple idea of repentance --- a change of mind that leads to a change of conduct (Matthew 21:28-30). God takes absolutely no pleasure in the death of a sinful, lost man (Ezekiel 33:11). His only desire is for you to come to Him in obedience (II Peter 3:9).
4) One must confess Christ. A confession is a vocal proclamation of your belief in something --- in this case a public statement that you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32). Your confession is more than words. The eunuch made this good and noble confession in Acts 8:37 when he said "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
5) One must be baptized. The Bible indicates baptism is a burial (Colossians 2:12). This is why John the Baptist worked in Aenon near Salim --- there was much water there, making it easy to immerse those who believed (John 3:23). Upon your confession, you will be buried with Jesus in baptism for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38). As you read about the conversions in the book of Acts, you will see in each case an urgency to be baptized (Acts 16:33).
6) One must remain faithful. After you are baptized, God will add you to the Lord's church (Acts 2:47). This means you are a member of the greatest family on Earth --- God's family! Your baptism washed away all of your past sins. God desires you to live faithfully according to the New Testament (Revelation 2:10). Even though you do not plan to sin, there are going to be times when you are overtaken by temptation (Galatians 6:1). In such cases, you need to pray to God and confess the sin (Acts 8:22, I John 1:9).
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