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WELCOME!

The Lord's Church

When we have visitors, we sincerely wish for them to feel welcomed. We hope they will feel comfortable and see we are glad they came. We love to share our love of Christ with visitors and let them see our desire to be like Jesus. But sometimes, just saying "welcome" may not portray the way we feel about their visit, so here are just a few scriptures that explain the Lord's thoughts regarding visiting His church. The Bible always says it best!

  • "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." ~Romans 15:7
  • "Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood." ~Acts 20:28
  • "So those who received His Word were baptized, and were added that day about three thousand souls." ~Acts 2:41
  • "Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;" ~1 Peter 5:2
  • "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." ~Hebrews 13:2
  • "Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers," ~1 Timothy 5:1
  • "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." ~Colossians 3:14-16
  • "So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." ~Romans 12:5
  • "Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." ~Hebrews 10:25
  • "A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" ~Psalm 133:1
  • "A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!" ~Psalm 122:1
  • "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." ~Hebrews 13:17
  • "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God," ~Ephesians 2:19
  • "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved." ~1 Corinthians 10:31-33
  • "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." ~Acts 2:42

God's Plan Of Salvation

YOU MUST HEAR THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12).

YOU MUST BELIEVE JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD

You must believe and have faith in God because "without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

YOU MUST REPENT OF YOUR SINS

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called "Sinner's Prayer" that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the "Sinner's Prayer" to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, it will not save you either. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thessalonians 1:8)

YOU MUST CONFESS JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD

You must, with sincere heart-belief, confess that Jesus is Lord. He is Lord whether you confess it or not, but it is unto your salvation that you must acknowledge His deity and His ownership (Romans 10:9-10). This confession is the external expression of an internal spirit of complete submission to every aspect of His word and will. As with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save (Matthew 7:21).

YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

YOU MUST LIVE FAITHFULLY UNTO DEATH

Once you are saved, God adds you to His church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God's grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God's grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)