Become A Christian

Hear the Gospel

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).

The Lord is inviting you into His kingdom. He also said, “I am the good shepherd,” and he is the “door of the sheep” (John 10:711). He invites the lost into the fold of safety, for danger is outside. For the lost, Jesus is the good shepherd that leaves the “ninety and nine” and looks for the “sheep that is lost,” for “the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost” (Mt. 18:11-14).

Jesus’ sheep hear his voice and follow him (John 10:27-28) for eternal life. How do the sheep hear the voice of Jesus? We are “called by the gospel” (2 Thes. 2:14), which is the “power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16).

It is by the word of God that faith is produced in the hearts of the lost (Rom. 10:17). 

Hear the gospel!

Believe in Jesus

As the gospel story is read (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Jesus is shown to be the Son of God (Jn. 20:27-31). Our faith rests in Him.

We must believe that He is the Son of God, sacrificed for our sins (Mt. 16:13-16John 8:24). 

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God!

Repent of Sins

All of us have sinned (Rom. 3:23) and have died spiritually because of sin (Rom 6:23). We must face our sins and repent. Repentance is a change of mind, followed by a change of life, as illustrated in Matthew 21:28-31.

The son “repented” (changed his mind) and “went” (changed his life). This repentance is required before one can be saved (Lk. 13:3-5Acts 2:36-38). 

Repent of your sins!

Confess the Name of Jesus

Jesus warned that we must have the courage of our faith to openly confess Him with the mouth, an oral confession (Rom. 10:10). If we do not have this courage, Jesus will not confess our name as brethren (Mt. 10:32-33). People in the New Testament times confessed Jesus’ name (Acts 4:10-128:37). 

Confess that Jesus is the Son of God!

Be Baptized

Yes, baptism is a Bible doctrine, commanded by Jesus (Mt. 28:18-20Mk. 16:15-16Luke 24:48). Baptism is not administered as a “rite of the church,” as a work of human righteousness or merit, but as an act of faith (Mk. 16:16James 2:17182024).

Regardless of the animosity toward baptism in the denominational world, and in spite of their denial of its place in salvation, it is administered by the authority of Jesus for the remission of sin.Baptism is a burial (Rom. 6:1-7Col. 2:12) in water (Jno. 3:1-5Acts 2:38Acts 8:38). It is for (unto, toward) the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) and is viewed in scripture as involved in “washing away sins” (Acts 22:161 Pet. 3:21). It is understood by Bible students that forgiveness is not in the water but in the blood of Christ (Mt. 26:26-28Rom. 6:1-7).

However, Jesus has placed the opportunity of reaching that blood in the act of baptism. It is at baptism that the sinner met the blood of Christ, that the old man of sin dies, and the new birth takes place (Rom. 6:1-7Jn. 3:1-5). Baptism is a re-enactment of the sinner for what Jesus did for him (death, burial, and resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:1-4). The sinner obeys, in baptism, a “form of the gospel” (Rom. 6:16-18) in that he becomes dead to sin as he repents, is buried in baptism and arises to a new life in Christ (Rom., 6:1-7).

There is no other act of obedience in the New Testament that so fittingly portrays the gospel in our life as baptism. It is an act of faithful obedience (Rom. 1:5Jn. 6:28-298:39), not an act of merit or of human righteousness (Tit. 3:5).

At the time of baptism, Jesus forgives our sins by the power of the blood and adds us to His church (Acts 2:3847). 

Be Baptized now!


Yes, I want to become a Christian!

I want to learn more about Jesus.

The Homeless and the Bible

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There has been a lot of news lately about the homelessness crisis in San Francisco.

Here are a few statistics about this crisis:

The most recent homelessness survey for San Francisco happened in January 2019, according to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. The survey found that :

  1. There was a 17 percent increase since 2017 of people experiencing homelessness in the city, that is 8,035 people;
  2. The total number of unsheltered individuals was 5,180. Of the 2,855 people in shelters, 84 percent of them were in emergency shelter programs.
  3. The same agency found there to be a 15 percent overall increase in homelessness within the city, from 2013 to 2019.
  4. Persons with families that included minor children made up 8 percent of homeless residents. Five percent of the total population was under the age of 18.
  5. Young adults, 18-24, accounted for 14 percent of the total, while 81 percent were over the age of 25.

What does the Bible say about the homeless

I am sharing an excerpt of this article to show that heroes of our faith were homeless at one point in their life

Jesus

Jesus spent the better part of three years depending on the charity of others (Matthew 8:20Luke 8:1-2, and Luke 9:58).

In turn, He and His disciples preached the Gospel to the poor (Matthew 5:3Matthew 11:5Luke 4:18Luke 6:20Luke 7:22, and John 12:5) and gave generously to the destitute and needy (Matthew 26:9Mark 14:5, and John 13:29).

What’s more, Jesus didn’t just ‘say’ the words of the Gospel: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV). He gave willingly.

So, it’s no wonder that Jesus promised eternal blessings for those who care for the homeless and destitute (Matthew 19:21Matthew 25:31-40Mark 10:21Luke 11:41Luke 12:33Luke 14:13Luke 18:22, and Luke 19:8).

Jesus also warned about eternal losses for those who spurn the needs of the poor (Matthew 25:41-46; see also Proverbs 19:17 and Proverbs 28:27). Later, Jesus’ half-brother, James, echoed a similar stern warning (James 2:1-9).

Paul

Paul experienced homelessness for many years while serving as an apostle (1 Corinthians 4:11).

There is no indication in Acts or his letters that Paul owned a house in Tarsus, Jerusalem, Antioch, or any other city for that matter. Like Jesus, Paul didn’t see the lack of assets, possessions, and wealth as a problem. Instead, he was passionate about giving financial aid to the truly poor and needy (Acts 24:17Romans 15:262 Corinthians 9:1-15, and Galatians 2:10).

David

King David was homeless for years while on the run from King Saul.

David lamented repeatedly, “I am poor and needy” (Psalm 40:17Psalm 70:5Psalm 86:1, and Psalm 109:22).  Yet, in every psalm David penned during those trying times, he reaffirmed his faith in the Lord his God. What’s more, David penned many of the verses listed in points #6-#10 below.

Moses

Moses was homeless after fleeing Egypt.

Forty years later, Moses cried out in prayer on behalf of God’s people (Psalm 90:13-16). There in the desert, God called Moses (Exodus 3:1-6) and told him to return to Egypt (Exodus 3:7-10).

There God used Moses to bring about a great deliverance of God’s people from their oppressors (Psalm 77:16-20Psalm 78:12-14Psalm 78:42-53Psalm 105:26-39, and Psalm 106:8-12).

Thanks to David Sanford for the article.

Non-western Christians

This is an interesting post from Bobby Valentine. Read the rest of the article here.

For two thousand years, Christianity has flourished in places that are rarely associated with Christ-followers by Americans today. The Way, or Christianity, already existed in Damascus (Syria) before Saul of Tarsus was called to be an apostle. Disciples of Jesus were in Antioch (also in Syria) before Saul/Paul was called. This form of Christianity knew Greek but its native language was Aramaic/Syriac. It was Jewish or “Oriental” in orientation. These disciples of the Way have basically the same books of the Bible that Western Christians had (their “Old Testament” usually contains what Protestants call the Apocrypha and the books of the NT). These Christians sometimes expressed their faith in ways that may help us in the West.

From Stoned Campbell Disciple

Cutting through COVID-19 confusion

Christians in scientific research offer insight into the public confusion surrounding the ‘novel virus.’

When it comes to COVID-19, it’s easy to feel uncertain, confused, even angry.

Information from the news, social media and family and friends doesn’t always match up. 

Talibah Metcalf, a member of the Springhill Road Church of Christ in Florida, researches infectious diseases, including COVID-19, for Drexel University.

“I can understand how someone who isn’t in a science background can be overwhelmed,” said Talibah Metcalf, a member of the Springhill Road Church of Christ in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Metcalf is a scientist who works in the Division of HIV Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She and her colleagues are studying how and why COVID-19 affects patients so differently.

It can be confusing when information seems to change quickly and frequently, she said. However, change is part of research and guaranteed to happen when investigating a “novel virus.” 

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