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    December 21, 2003


Volume 13 - Number 52     

GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR SALVATION

The scriptures show that many things must take place in order for someone to have his sins forgiven:

One Must Hear The Message Of The Gospel

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? (Romans 10:14)

One Must Believe The Message

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? (Romans 10:14)

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

One Must Repent Of One's Sins

Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3; cf. 13:1-9)

Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)

This means a change of heart. It is shown by a change of actions:

Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8)

One Must Confess His Belief In Jesus

Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

One Must Then Be Baptized

Which means immersed, in the name of (by the authority of) Jesus for the forgiveness of sins:

Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. (Acts 2:38)

This is done in water:

who refused to obey God long ago in the time of Noah. God was waiting patiently for them while Noah was building the boat. Only a few people -- eight in all -- were saved by water. And that water is like baptism that now saves you. (1 Peter 3:20-21, NCV).

And as they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" (Acts 8:36)

Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he? (Acts 10:47)

One who is immersed, or baptized, is buried in water as Christ was buried in the ground, and then raised, forgiven, to walk in newness of life:

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

God saves those who do these things, and adds them to his church:

And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)

When one does these things, he calls on the name of the Lord:

for "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)

And now I put a question to you that was put to Paul before he became a Christian:

And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name. (Acts 22:16)

David Blackstone



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AM SERMON:
"For God So Loved The World "
John 3:16
PM SERMON:
"To Be Announced"

Mark Your Calendars:

  • December 28: Song Service
  • January 4: Fellowship Meal
  • January 19-22: Lectureship at Florida School of Preaching
  • January 24: Ladies Day at Cape Coral
  • January 25: Song Service.

IF YOU WANT YOUR NEIGHBOR TO SEE WHAT THE CHRIST SPIRIT WILL DO FOR HIM, LET HIM SEE WHAT IT HAS DONE FOR YOU..

Beecher

 

SERVICE OOPPORTUNITIES

 

Remember in Prayer

Announcements:

 Wayne Vowell

 
Clarence & Dee Riggenbach
Melissa Keyso
Walt & Jeanette Thompson
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Mary Gloster
Elizabeth O'Connor

Ushers:

 

 Delbert Leavens

 

Morning Services

 

Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  

Songs:

 Jim Treece  

Sermon:

 Delbert Leavens

 

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

 
     

Evening Services

 

Opening Prayer:

 Dick Navarre

 

Songs:

 Jim Treece

 

Sermon:

 Wayne Vowell  

Closing Prayer:

 Delbert Leavens

 
Our Record - Last Week

Communion

Attendance:
67
Dale Schwartz
Dick Navarre - Sean Keathley
Kyle Sais
Contribution:
$ 2093.01
Budget:
$ 2695.00
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