The Plan of Salvation

For the Bible Promise of SALVATION you must do five things:

BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST

Mark 16:16 Whoever believes  and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

REPENT OF YOUR SINS

Acts 17:30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST

Romans 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” – Peter’s Confession

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” – Ethiopian’s Confession

BE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST

Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him

REMAIN FAITHFUL

Revelation 2:10 ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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WHAT COMES BEFORE BAPTISM

PREACHING – Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

HEARING – Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

FAITH – Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

REPENTANCE – Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

CONFESSION – Acts 8:37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

– Mark Timothy Russell

HOW TO BE BAPTIZED

WATER – Acts 10:47 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”

MUCH WATER – John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

GOING TO WATER – Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

ADMINISTERED IN WATER – Mark 1:9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

COMING OUT OF WATER – Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

A BIRTH – John 3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

A BURIAL – Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

A RESURRECTION – Colossians 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

A PLANTING – Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

BODIES WASHED – Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

OUR PLEA

We plead for the unity of all followers of Christ. This was the ideal of Christ for his church. He prayed, “May they all be one; as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee.”

John 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

This unity should not only be in spirit but in reality. It is to be like that between the Father and the Son-a unity in purpose, spirit, and practice, in which all “speak the same things.”

I Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

– Prof. Donald A. Nash

OUR PURPOSE

The reason that this unity is necessary is stated in the prayer of Jesus, “that they all may believe that thou hast sent me.”

John 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The salvation of the world by the preaching of the gospel is the task of Christ and his church. The accomplishing of this goal has been hindered by division into many denominations and sects. Such division wastes time, energy, money and confuses those who seek for truth. The world cannot be won till the followers of Christ are one.

– Prof. Donald A. Nash

OUR PLAN

Yes, we have a plan by which this unity can be attained. It is not by an organizational union of existing denominations nor by human speculation. The only course is to return to New Testament Christianity. For this we plead!

The only basis for any Christian faith is the inspired word of God. Why not then restore the church revealed there just as it was without human additions, subtractions, theologies, or practices? This is the only logical plan for Christian unity.

– Prof. Donald A. Nash

OUR PROGRAM

Here is the way this plan works.
We wear no name but the one in the Bible for the followers of Christ-Christian

Acts 11:26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch…

We accept no creed but belief in Christ

Matt. 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

We adopt no rule of faith and practice but the Bible

II Tim. 3:16-17 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work..

We practice only the ordinances commanded by Christ. One of these is the Christian baptism which is universally recognized by all followers of Christ, the immersion of the penitent believer.

The other is the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper as a simple memorial of our Lord’s death for our salvation

I Corinthians 11:23-30 23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep…

This is a platform all followers of Christ can accept for it is as broad as the New Testament and as narrow as the “faith once and for all delivered to the saints.”

This program to restore the church of the New Testament was begun some 150 years ago by different men in various areas whose mottoes are still true.

“Where the scriptures speak, we speak; where the scriptures are silent, we are silent.” In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.”

– Prof. Donald A. Nash