The Holy Spirit
Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.
1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Isaiah 59:2 Your sins have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is
John 3:16 For God so loved the
world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you
have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the
gift of God--not because of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 5:8 God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 4:25 He died for our sins
and rose again to make us right with God.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized,
everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven.
And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We have to realize that God is perfect. "Holy" means "perfect." God hates sin -- all sin. If you ever gossip, if you ever say mean things to someone out of spite, if you ever put other things ahead of God in your priorities, God considers it sin.
Consider this: more than 99 percent of the time, Jeffrey Dahmer,
Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy were fine, law-abiding citizens.
The other 1 percent of the time they were serial
"What about baptism?"
Every Christian should get baptized, but most theologians believe it is not
required to be saved. Paul evangelized extensively, yet
performed few baptisms.
Joining a church is not required to be saved. But you definitely should join a church. Christians should "fellowship", "commune", gather together. Being together with like-minded people provides support and encouragement. We also get the benefit of experience, learning and spiritual insight that others have obtained over the years.
There are several churches in particular you should avoid, because they are
not Christian, despite their names or claims:
As an evangelical Protestant who converted from Roman Catholicism, I recommend against joining the Catholic Church because, like all Protestants, I believe the Catholic Church has many unbiblical teachings.
If you come from a Jewish background, check out Messianic Judaism. Look in the Yellow Pages under Churches and Synagogues. Check for a sublisting named Messianic. Call the Rabbi, explain your background and tell him you would like to talk to him about Jesus.
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