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Your answer to this question is life's most important decision. Getting into heaven and being "good with God" have nothing to do with how good (or bad) you are. Christians have learned and trusted the righteousness of Jesus for answers to this question. What does that mean? What does the Bible say about this matter?
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
We have all sinned. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin's control.
Romans 6:23 a "...The wages of sin is death..."
Sin results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God and will last for all eternity—what the Bible calls Hell.
Romans 6:23 b "...But the gift of God is eternal life thru Jesus Christ our Lord."
Avoiding spiritual death is a free gift from God to you made available by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from the tomb.
Romans 5:8, "God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!"
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins.
Romans 10:13 "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"
What must you do to receive eternal life in heaven and a relationship with God now?
- Acknowledge that you are a sinner.
- Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
- Understand forgiveness for sin and eternal life in heaven is a gift from God.
- Ask Jesus for forgiveness of your sins and make Him Lord of your life.
Accepting Christ (asking Jesus for forgiveness of your sins and making Him Lord of your life) is a private matter between each person and God. No one can make the decision or receive the gift of salvation for you. It is a personal decision.
Once you have made this decision, the Bible encourages us to profess (or to speak) this with our mouths (Romans 10:10). The best environment in which to share this is with a group of other believers. Once you have made a decision to accept Christ, if you are sincere about it, then your sins are forgiven and you are promised eternity with the Lord in a place called Heaven.
A Profession of Faith is when you share this news with others. It does not complete or even legitimize your salvation. It is merely the first step of obedience.
Baptism is an act of immersion in water that symbolizes what has happened in your heart. Once again, it has no role in salvation, but is rather an outward sign of an inward commitment. It is much like wearing a wedding ring. The ring does not make you or keep you married, but it is a sign of your commitment to your spouse.
Any person may offer themselves as a candidate for membership at NCBC. All such candidates will be presented to the church at any regular church service. Membership may be requested in one of the following ways:
If you have question about the membership process at NCBC, please contact one of our ministers through the church office at (404) 292-4433.
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