Salvation

WORLDWIDE GREAT COMMISSION FELLOWSHIP IS A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH IN EASTLAKE, OHIO

 FOUNDED BY

PASTOR MELINDA BAUMAN

IN APRIL 2007

worldwidegcf@yahoo.com

 

God’s Plan of Salvation

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

 

  REPENTANCE

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

Your soul is worth more than all the world. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
 

  • Pray -- you talk to God.
  • Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
  • Witness -- you talk for God.

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

   
 

  WATER BAPTISM

Christian water baptism is an ordinance instituted by Jesus Christ. If it is not important in the plan of God, why did Jesus command it in Matthew 28:19? And why did Peter follow up by saying, "Be baptized every one of you," and by commanding the Gentiles to be baptized (Acts 2:38; 10:48)? We must remember two points about the importance of water baptism. First, whatever Christ definitely established and ordained cannot be unimportant, whether we understand its significance or not. Second, Christ and the apostles showed the importance of this ordinance by observing it. Jesus walked many miles to be baptized, though He was without sin, saying, "For thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness" (See Matthew 3:13-16.)

It is true that water itself does not contain any saving virtue, but God has chosen to include it in His plan of salvation. Peter explained, "Baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (I Peter 3:21). According to Luke 7:30, "the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized."

According to the Scriptures, the proper mode of baptism is immersion. "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water" (Matthew 3:16). "And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:38). "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death" (Romans 6:4). A corpse is not buried by placing it on top of the ground and sprinkling a little soil on it, but by covering it completely.

Repentance identifies us with the death of Christ, and baptism identifies us with His burial. Coming forth from the watery grave of baptism and receiving new life in the Holy Spirit identifies us with His resurrection.

Jesus commanded His disciples to "teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). He did not command them to use these words as a formula, but He commanded them to baptize in "the name." The word name is used here in the singular, and it is the focal point of the baptismal command. The titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost describe God's relationships to humanity and are not the supreme, saving name described here, which is Jesus. "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).

Jesus is the name in which the roles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are revealed. The angel of the Lord instructed Joseph, "She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Jesus said, "I am come in my Father's name," and, "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,...the Father will send in my name" (John 5:43; 14:26). Thus by baptizing in the name of Jesus, we honor the Godhead. "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9).

Peter was one of that number to whom Jesus had spoken and whose understanding had been opened. After having listened to these instructions, a few days later he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to preach on the Day of Pentecost. The hearts of the hearers were pierced and, feeling condemned, they cried out to Peter and the other apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37). Peter did not hesitate but boldly answered, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41).

  

 THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

WITH THE EVIDENCE OF 

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

 

The Holy Spirit is God. "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24). "There is . . . one Spirit" (Ephesians 4:4). To become a subject in the kingdom of God, Jesus said a person must be "born again," or "born of water and of the Spirit" (John 3:3-5). The birth of the Spirit and the baptism of the Spirit are synonymous terms. The Apostle Peter understood this truth as he spoke. to the multitude in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). This experience was received by the Jews on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), the Samaritans (Acts 8:15-17), and the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-48), plainly indicating that it was meant for all people, regardless of race, creed, color, or station in life. The new birth, consisting of water and Spirit, was never set forth as being optional or unessential. "Ye must be born again" are the words of Jesus in John 3:7. Until a person is born of the Spirit, he cannot be called a "son" of God.

Speaking with other tongues has been connected with Spirit baptism since the beginning of the church age. On the birthday of the New Testament church, the Day of Pentecost after Christ's ascension, approximately 120 disciples of Christ were inundated by the Spirit of God and "began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). The household of an Italian centurion received the same spiritual experience, which the Jewish Christian onlookers readily identified, "for they heard them speak with tongues" (Acts 10:44-48). In Acts 19:1-6, a group of John the Baptist's disciples heard about the Holy Ghost from the Apostle Paul; they too were filled with the Spirit, "and they spake with tongues."

 

HOW CAN I RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?


With other Spirit-filled Christians, or privately, raise your hands up to God in thankfulness and praise.  You might close your eyes or leave them open.  The important thing is to "ask"  - believing God's promise is for you -  and then to "receive" of your own free-will the blessing of God, called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Start to praise God with your voice, tongue, and lips.  He will not force you to speak in tongues but you may if you wish.  As the "Truth" of God's promised blessing fills you, let Him set you free.  Step out in faith.  Try to say something in a language that only God could understand, speaking mysteries to God.(1Corinthians 14:2)  Maybe you will only be bold enough to speak a few syllables, but as you boldly continue with them God will bless you with more. 

Like a child, your new language of prayer to God will grow.  Don't be afraid.  This language is not for the benefit of other people; it is between you and your Lord and Savior.  You will probably not even understand what you are saying, but be assured that God says that as you use this prayer language you will be built up and become stronger in faith.(Jude 20)  Your private worship of God will be blessed.  You do not pray in tongues with your mind but with your spirit.(1Corinthians 14:14-15)  You are praying with your spirit to God who is a spirit.(John 4:24)

Even if you do not have the faith to speak in tongues at this time, it's important that you desire to.(1Corinthians 14:1,5)  One day you might just find yourself doing so.  Nevertheless, because you invited the Holy Spirit to come into the "house" of your life, He has.(Revelations 3:20)  You will therefore find a new intimacy with Him as you worship God and study His ways. 

A new "fire" will burn in your life.  A new fervency for God will be experienced, and a new level of faith will be yours.  From time to time you might find the ardor of your fellowship at a lower level.  No need for alarm - just repent of your distraction and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you anew.  There will always be only one "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" but there can be many fillings of the Holy Spirit of God.(Ephesians 3:14)  God wants you to either be hot or cold - never ever be satisfied with a lukewarm Christian life.(Revelations 3:14-22)  As you walk in the Spirit you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.(Galations 5:16-25) 

Now its time for you to learn what the Gifts of the Spirit are and how they operate in your life!

 

 The following are Position Statements from

Worldwide Great Commission Fellowship

Regarding Church and State Relations, The Family, Homosexuality, and Abortion

 

ON CHURCH AND STATE RELATIONS   

Inasmuch as there are issues presented to American citizens for public vote, that on occasion represent items of a moral and ethical nature.  Pastors and churches have a scriptural obligation and Constitutional protection to speak out publicly about such matters, and offer appropriate support to organized efforts designed to influence the outcome of issues of a moral nature.

Be it resolved that WGCF affirms our position of scriptural precept and Constitutional protection for freedom of speaking on matters of a moral and ethical nature.

 

 

THE FAMILY

Inasmuch as modern society has eroded the Biblical ideal of the family and its practical existence, and inasmuch as homosexual couples and unmarried heterosexual couples are seeking to gain legal and social status as families, with all due rights and privileges given to families, including rights such as child rearing and custody, spousal or dependent insurance, inheritance rights, and tax exemptions.

Be it resolved that WGCF upholds the Biblical ideal of the family as one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-9; Ephesians 5:22-25, 28), married by law in accordance with all Biblical injunctions, and all offspring of such a couple, biological or adopted (Psalm 127:3); with the extended family being comprised of the various relatives of blood and marriage resulting from the lawful union of a man and woman.

Be it resolved that WGCF upholds the Biblical ideal of the family in doctrine and example, publicly defending the family as the most critical social institution ordained by God, while opposing legal recognition of persons who contradict Biblical teachings on morality and the family.

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
 
Matthew 19:4-9
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
 
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
 
He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
 
 
 Ephesians 5:22-25, 28
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
 
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
 
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

Inasmuch as some segments of liberal Christianity have been willing to accept the so-called "gay rights" movement as a legitimate lifestyle, and whereas the Bible declares in Romans chapter 1, homosexuality to be unnatural and an abomination in the sight of God, it is resolved that WGCF is absolutely opposed to the sin of homosexuality and gay marriage, and encourages prayer for the deliverance of those in bondage to the homosexual lifestyle.

Leviticus 18:22

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Romans 1:18-32

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; F6 for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so F7 that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain F8 God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 

ABORTION

Be it resolved that WGCF is opposed to all forms of legalized abortion.  The Bible acknowledges God as the Creator of life (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:24); that a woman is with child at conception; and the church has a responsibility to protect the rights of the unborn. 

Be it resolved that WGCF opposes any legislation which would undermine the sanctity of human life, further destroying the moral fabric of our society.  We give ourselves to prayer for an awakening in American society of moral consciousness concerning this issue.  

WGCF encourages Biblical solutions to the problem of abortion, and reaches out to those who have been affected by abortion.  We assist those with unwanted pregnancies concerning Biblical alternatives, and minister with compassion to those who have suffered the trauma of having had an abortion.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained F1 thee a prophet unto the nations.
 
 
Jeremiah 139:13-16
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
 
My substance
F375 was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written,
F376 which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
 
Isaiah 44:24
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
 
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