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grace & faith

We are saved only by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). We cannot be saved by practicing religion, good works and behavior, ceremony, or even personal sacrifice; only God's grace is sufficient, and is extended to all humanity (Acts 10:34-35). Our faith justifies us in the sight of God (Rom. 1:16-17, 5:1). We are to express our faith by calling on him (Rom. 10:9-10, 13) and obeying the plan of salvation(Acts 2:38). This is not optional; faith alone will not save, unless it is accompanied by action (Jam. 2:20, 22, 24, 26).

Repentance

Repentance involves several things: a recognition of and sorrow for one's sins (2 Cor. 7:10-11); a recognition of the judgment upon sin; and an acceptance of God's grace. It brings a hatred of and determination to forsake sin. This is not to say that a Christian will never sin again; but if we confess our sins, God will cleanse us of them (I John 1:8-9), though we should not willfully continue in sin (Rom. 6:1-2, 6-7).

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Water Baptism

Water baptism is the method by which our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus; it is symbolic of the burial of Christ. Jesus taught that salvation was impossible without it (John 3:5) and commanded his disciples to baptize those they taught (Matt. 28:19). There is only one baptism (Eph. 4:4-6): submersion in the name of Jesus Christ, the only name with saving power (Acts 4:10, 12).

Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience unique to the New Testament Church, though the Old Testament prophets and John the Baptist spoke of its coming (Joel 2:28-29; Isa. 28:11-12; John 1:33-34; Matt. 3:11; Luke3:16). Jesus foretold the availability and necessity of the Holy Ghost (John3:3, 5), but said that the gift would not be given until after his ascension (John 7:37-39; 16:7). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the first Day of Pentecost following Jesus' death (Acts 2:1-4).

 

The Holy Ghost is the ultimate fulfillment of our salvation. It makes us part of the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13) and grants access to God(Eph. 1:13-14;2:18). It sanctifies (Rom. 15:16; I Cor. 6:11), and serves as a witness to the world that we are God's children (Gal. 4:5-6; Rom. 8:15-16).

 

The reception of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the speaking of "other tongues," or a language unknown to the speaker. On the Day of Pentecost, all of them were Jewish, yet they were heard speaking in a multitude of languages. Throughout the book of Acts, this is how Christians recognize that others have recieved the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:44-46; 11:15-18; 19:6).

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