Lower Bucks Church of Christ

Lower Bucks Church of Christ

  We are Christians joined in love and unity,
  sharing our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior,
  serving Christ through worship, work,
  fellowship, and service to others.

What must I do to be saved?

What is necessary for man to do in order to be saved – in order to become a member of that saved body? Man must do something to be saved, yet his own works are unacceptable: “not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us.” (Titus 3:5) We must obey those commandments that Christ gave us for our salvation: “He became the author of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9 and Matthew 7:21-27; Luke 6:46; Romans 6:17; I Peter 1:22; James 1:25; etc.)

Those commands that we must obey if we are to become a child of God and be saved are:

(1) HEAR THE WORD OF GOD – “So faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17; John 6:44, 45)

(2) BELIEVE (HAVE FAITH) IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – “Whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16; Hebrews 11:6; John 8:24) Yet, faith alone will not save. Faith MUST “work through love” (Galatians 5:6; I Thessalonians 1:3) and if we love the Lord we will “do what he says.” (John 14:15, 23) The only faith that makes us right with God is a faith that does the will of God. (James 2:14-26)

(3) REPENT OF YOUR SINS – God “now commands that all men every­where repent.” (Acts 17:30) Repentance is necessary for conver­sion. (Acts 3:19; II Corinthians 7:8-11; Luke 13:3; 24:47)

(4) CONFESS JESUS AS LORD – Acknowledge before the world, in word and in deed, that you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God . . . your Lord and Savior: “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32, 33; I Timothy 6:12-16)

(5) BE BAPTIZED (IMMERSED) INTO CHRIST FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS IN ORDER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BODY OF CHRIST – Jesus said: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” (Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:18-20) The New Testament clearly states that baptism (like faith, repentance, and confession) is essen­tial for salvation: Acts 2:38, 39, 41; 22:16; Romans 6:1-14; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-29; Colossians 2:9-15; I Peter 3:21. In baptism the “new birth” is realized: John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:22, 23; Ephesians 5:25, 26. See the special study: “What About Baptism?”

(6) LIVE A FAITHFUL LIFE as a Christian for the rest of your days until Christ calls you home to live with him for eternity: II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; II Peter 1:3-11. Grow in your salvation (I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:14-16) because it is possible to be eternally lost if we return to a sinful life: II Peter 2:20-22; Hebrews 3:12-14; 4:1; 6:4-6; 10:26-29; Galatians 5:4.

If you would like to become a Christian or if you would like to study more about your salvation, please feel free to call on or write us. We are simply a church (people) belonging to Christ who are seeking to worship and serve God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). If you have any questions, please let us know. May God bless you as you seek the Truth. Feel free to email us here.