God's Way of Salvation (Romans 1:16)

God's Way of Salvation (Romans 1:16)

Throughout history, the word of God has been revealed to mankind through prophets, through the Scriptures, and through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). We know that the Lord desires for us to be saved from sin, and to live lives which glorify Him (1 John 2:1). Jesus has shown us the way to live in love, honesty, and submission. Through God's revealed will, and through the example and sacrifice of Jesus, we as His followers have access to salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2, Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Lord wishes us to hear and believe His word, His good news about the relationship that we may have with Him. We both believe in God, and believe God (Hebrews 11:6). The foundation of godly living is a firm faith in God and in Jesus as His Son (John 20:30-31). This living faith motivates all that we do as believers in Jesus.

Hearing the truth of the gospel and believing its benefits will compel the believer to live a new life. This requires repentance, a conversion from the former life of darkness and sin to a life of light and righteousness (Mark 1:15, 1 Peter 2:9-10). This new life is also represented in the confession of Jesus as King and Savior (Matthew 10:32). These steps of repentance and confession are not simply isolated actions, but components of an ongoing new way of life in God.

As part of beginning the new life in Jesus, believers are baptized (buried) in water. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, just like the new life of the Christian (2 Corinthians 5:17). And the new Christian is to persevere faithfully and in obedient good works, walking in a reborn or resurrected life (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12).

As followers of Jesus, we strive to emulate Him in our daily walk; we pray that you would join with us in this walk as we follow our Lord and King!