Plan of Salvation
God's Love Is Revealed in the Bible
"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." -John 3:16 (NIV)
God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete, and He wants to give you a life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death.
We Are Sinful
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." -Romans 3:23 (NIV)
You may have heard someone say, "I'm only human-nobody's perfect." This Bible verse says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong, and that's why we feel estranged from God-because God is holy and good, and we are not.
Sin Has a Penalty
"For the wages of sin is death." -Romans 6:23 (NIV)
If you continue to sin, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.
Christ Has Paid Our Penalty!
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8 (NIV)
The Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation Is a Free Gift
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast." -Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
The word grace means "undeserved favor." It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life, God's gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it, Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!
You Must Receive Him
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." -John 1:12 (NIV)
We accept Gods gift of salvation simply by placing our faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins. Would you like to enter a relationship with your Creator by trusting in Christ as your Savior? If so, here's a prayer to express your faith.
A. Admit and acknowledge that you are a sinner
B. Believe in your heart that Christ died for you, picture his blood being shed for you and I.
C. Confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior over your life.
Pray this Prayer:
Dear Father in Heaven,
I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness
I believe that Your Son Jesus died in my place,
To pay the penalty for my sin, and rose again for my salvation.
I want to turn from my sinful ways, so I now ask you,
Lord Jesus, to come into my life as my Savior and my Lord
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
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How to Become a Member
Persons wishing to become a member of the church may do so through one of the following ways:
Respond to the invitation extended after each sermon to salvation and membership. You will be asked to come forward to receive the right hand of fellowship from the Pastor.
Attend the first New Members Orientation class. This class will provide attendees an opportunity to have questions about the church answered and to make a commitment to salvation and or membership.
The Biblical motivation for membership. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
The Biblical method for membership. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
The Biblical result for membership. (I Corinthians. 13:1-13; John 15:12)
The Biblical goal for membership. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Benefits of Membership
Membership enables persons to join in with what God is doing through the fellowship of NHBC.
Membership allows the Pastoral team to assess your gifts and skills so that those gifts can be utilized in the ministries of the church. You must be a member to serve in leadership positions and in our core ministries.
To be spiritually covered under the guidance of a local pastor, who will lead as the Holy Spirit dictates. (Hebrews. 13:17)
To receive aid in ministry for saints as well as sinners. (Matthew 28:19-20)
To strengthen the bonds of love and kinship. (Philippians. 2:1-4)
To be part of a family of believers. (I Corinthians. 12:12-14)
Expectations of Members
Be saved and daily practice the lifestyle of Christianity as taught by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Regularly attend one of the Sunday morning worship services and the Wednesday Night Service.
Support the work of the church through their time, talents and treasure; giving at least the tithe as commanded by the Lord.