My Statement of Faith

Indeed, it is a question that ought to be asked, for the Bible tells us to "try the spirits whether they are of God" (1st John 4:1), and we gladly offer this declaration:

  1. I believe in God, revealed in three persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  2. I believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to atone for our transgressions, and rose again on the third day.  He ascended into Heaven with a promise to return some day.
  3. I believe that it is solely by the grace of God that man, as a condemned sinner, receives salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to forgive sin.  Only then are we held blameless by the Father.  Faith in Jesus Christ saves us from a literal hell, for a literal, eternal Heaven.
  4. I believe the Bible is the verbally inspired infallible Word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts.  The Scriptures should be dispensationally interpreted.
  5. I believe the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is coming again - first in the air to resurrect those believers who have died and to rapture those who are still alive.  His coming may occur at any moment prior to the Tribulation Period.
  6. I believe in the visible, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to the earth at the close of the Great Tribulation.  He will establish His kingdom and reign for 1,000 years.  Afterward, we shall enter the Holy City, New Jerusalem, where we shall live and serve God throughout eternity.
  7. I believe in God's promise of eternal life for the saved and His warning of eternal damnation for the lost.

How One Becomes a Follower of Jesus
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More than 95 percent of Americans, if given a choice between Jesus and Satan, would choose to spend eternity with Jesus Christ.

 

To become a follower of Jesus Christ, you must do two things.

You must ask Jesus to be your Savior. You accomplish that by asking Him to forgive you of all your sins.

 

When you ask Him to be your Savior and to forgive you, the request must be from the heart. You cannot just ramble off a few words and go on your merry way. At the core of every appeal for forgiveness is remorse.

 

If you have remorse for your sinful state, you will receive God's forgiveness.

 

After you commit yourself in words to Jesus, you then begin to follow Him with your actions. Do this by reading His Word and implementing His teachings into your life.

If He says, "Love your neighbor," then love your neighbor.

If He says, "Do not commit adultery," then do not commit adultery.

 

Do this until the day He comes for you in the rapture or until the day you join Him in death.

Let us see why so few people will gain salvation

 

Jesus foretold that a small number of people would choose to be saved: "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Mat. 7:14).

The first reason people do not make it to Heaven is because they put off salvation or neglect it altogether.

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Too many are more worried with the cares of this life than they are of the one choice that will last for all eternity.

The second reason people donít go to Heaven is that they reject Christ's gift of eternal life. People's pride and unwillingness to face up to their need for a Savior holds them back.

 

Some reject salvation because they do not understand how His death 2,000 years ago could affect them now.

 

The third reason few people make Heaven their home is that they trust in a salvation that is not based on the blood of Jesus Christ. Some think, "If I've been a good boy or girl all my life, then He'll let me in." If anyone could live a good enough life to gain favor from God, they would also be able to clean themselves by rolling in mud.

 

Nothing is more important than a decision to follow Jesus.

 

The cares of this world do not compare with the importance of being prepared for the world to come. If you missed out on the eternal bliss of heaven and ended up in hell, the extremeness of your mistake would be impossible to measure.

 

As the world falls apart all around us, we should be praying more and more, studying God's Word passionately, and sharing our resources with others. When the rapture takes place, or we meet the Lord in death, nothing will go with us into glory. Our houses, cars, money, and unsaved friends will remain behind.

 

A final thought to remember: "In such an hour as you think not the son of man cometh" (Mat. 24:44).

 

Of course it is never too late for anyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Personal Savior. You do not have to be a church member or even attend church. My Dad, Jesse Simonson 78, 1989 did not come to know the Lord until he was 32 years old. He heard a minister speaking on his car radio in 1942. He started reading the Bible on his own. You can read from the Bible on the internet. The more you read the more you understand 

Read the Bible, http://www.st-luke-church.org/bible-at-finger-tips.php
 http://www.blueletterbible.org/


John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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