If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
In the Baptist church, there is no such thing as coincidence. You are called here because God loves you with an everlasting love. It’s crystal clear that man needs God’s salvation as He holds the key to have an eternal afterlife in Heaven. For many people, life after death is a terrifying and confusing concept. Some believe they have no control over it, so they don’t spend time worrying. But God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is a sin. Yes, we may fail. No matter how good we try to be, none of us does the right things all the time.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
But what is the right way to God as a member of a Baptist church? Confusion can sometimes cloud anyone. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. The thought of death can fill us with terror and dread. However, knowing our journey’s end when we depart this life can dramatically weaken that understandable fear for any mortal being. Yes, our sins can only be cleansed through punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Our lives in heaven will be a continuation of what we have been doing on earth. It will be a wonderful long place of daily worship. Being with God is our only central activity.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
The good news of salvation is to be preached inside and outside the congregation of the Baptist Church, as there is no redemption that is separate from one’s personal faith with God. That is why, as a member of the Baptist Church, you should all call on the name of God in order to be saved. Being united to in the Baptist church through faith makes all the members of the congregation justified, adopted as God’s children, permitted for elevation to the heavens, and given security for glory. All true believers are preserved by God and persevere to the end. In short, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.