Steps to Salvation

What is the Gospel?

Good news! You can be saved from your sin and its ultimate penalty!

The word "gospel" simply means "good news," and that's exactly what it is. If you understand and believe it, the gospel is the best news that you will ever hear! It is this good news that gives you the ability to find, to know, and to love God, not to mention escaping your bondage to sin, and the ultimate penalty of that sin: eternal death and separation from God.

The following are the essential points of this "Good News" that God graciously gives us in the Bible:

  • God created and owns everything, including you. – Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1
  • God is perfectly holy. – Matthew 5:48
  • God requires your perfect obedience to His law. – James 2:10
  • You have broken God’s law. – Romans 3:10; 23
  • You will pay the eternal penalty for your sin. – Romans 6:23
  • You cannot save yourself by your good works. – Titus 3:5
  • Christ came to earth as both God and sinless man. – Colossians 2:9
  • Christ demonstrated His love by dying on the cross to pay sin’s penalty. – Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Christ rose from the grave and is alive today. – 1 Corinthians 15:4
  • You must repent of all that dishonors God. – Isaiah 55:7; Luke 9:23
  • You must believe in Christ as Lord and Savior, and be willing to follow after Him. - Romans 10:9

We welcome you to call our office for more information, and to speak with someone about additional questions you may have.

Please join us this Sunday at 9:30am to learn more!

Steps to Salvation
Friday March 23, 2018

JOIN US SUNDAY: 1829 W IOWA AVE NAMPA ID   |   2 Services – 9:-00am and 10:45am with Sunday School for all ages during both services

We offer a membership class frequently so you can learn more about our church and what we believe.  This is a 3 hour class that is taught by one of our elders.  At the conclusion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to fill out a membership packet if you choose to pursue membership.

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Though church membership is not directly talked about in Scripture, we believe from the examples of the early Biblical churches and the references about church from Jesus that being a member of a local church body is vital to a Christian’s walk.  It is important to do more than just attend a church but rather to be an involved and serving member of a local body of fellow believers.  The idea of experiencing salvation without belonging to a local church is foreign to the New Testament.

In the New Testament we see examples of the early churches having people added to their number daily (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14; 16:5), keeping lists of widows (1 Timothy 5), devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to prayer (Acts 2:42), being encouraged to regularly fellowship together and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:23-24), and living life together to stimulate each other to holiness and faithfulness as demonstrated in the many “one another” statements seen throughout the New Testament (cf. Romans 12:10, 16; 15:5-7; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2, 32; etc).  In 1 Corinthians 5 a formal assembly of believers is implied when they are told to exclude a man from their assembly because of his unrepentant acts of immorality.

There is also a description and a clear pattern of church government within each individual church.  The specific duties given to these church leaders presuppose a clearly defined group of church members who are under their care.  Among other things, these godly men are responsible to shepherd God’s people (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2), to labor diligently among them (1 Thess. 5:12), to have charge over them (1 Thess. 5:12; 1 Tim. 5:17), and to keep watch over their souls (Heb. 13:17). Scripture teaches that the elders will give an account to God for the individuals allotted to their charge (Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:3).

Those responsibilities require that there be a distinguishable, mutually understood membership in the local church. Elders can shepherd the people and give an account to God for their spiritual well-being only if they know who they are; they can provide oversight only if they know those for whom they are responsible; and they can fulfill their duty to shepherd the flock only if they know who is part of the flock and who is not.

The New Testament teaches that the church is the body of Christ, and that God has called every member to a life devoted to the growth of the body.  This happens when we make a commitment to a local church where we can mutually edify one another in diligent service and faithfully participate in corporate worship.  Membership and involvement in a local church body should be a reflection of our living commitment to the body of Christ.