Monthly Archives: January 2009

Water Baptism Required for Salvation?

It appears there are some bloggers who believe that water baptism is required for salvation. So, I have put up a poll to see how many believe this.

Do you actually believe that a person must be baptized to be saved? So do you believe that if a person is not baptized, they are not saved?

Or is water baptism an act a person does to show they are saved?

I just did a Bible Study on Salvation. Salvation is by faith alone. Not faith and works.

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Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 6

Salvation and Water Baptism

As we mentioned in the previous lesson there are those who take the passage in Acts 2:38 as a formula for salvation and then come to the conclusion that a person needs to be water baptized and some even say speak in tongues. This is ignoring the other verses in the Bible regarding salvation.

John 3:1-16
Did Jesus tell Nicodemus in John 3 that he needed to be born again and baptized? No he did not. When he speaks about being born of water and born of the spirit, the context is very clear that born of water is being born of flesh, the water of the womb. Jesus did not give Nicodemus any other command that to believe in Jesus
John 3:15
15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
In our previous lessons we made it clear that to believe means to trust, rely, depend upon, not just head knowledge.

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Gregory Dairy

This has in no way any relevance to your Blog site, so I would like to apologize up front for any inconvenience I may have on you. I happen to do a Google search for milk bottles from my grandfather’s dairy farm, Gregory’s Dairy. I typed in "Gregory Dairy" milk bottle in Google and came upon one Google entry: 


But we do have an old, old milk bottle that has "Gregory Dairy" in orange lettering on one side and a picture of a baby on the other side. – 38k
I was wondering how I could contact this person to see if this milk bottle is actually from my grandfather’s dairy. I only know of two existing bottles from the dairy that I have found myself, and I gave one to my grandmother some years ago for Mother’s Day and I gave the other one to my aunt years later. I would like to have one for myself, just as a keepsake.
Please let me know if this is possible. Thank you for your time.
Pete Gregory 

Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 5

Salvation and Baptism

Acts 2:36-42 (NASB95) 
36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified."
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"
38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."
40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"
41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

There are those who read this passage of scripture and immediately jump to the conclusion that this is a formula for salvation. So they believe a person must be water baptized in Jesus name (not the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) before they are born again. (Some even believe speak in tongues since this passage is about the promise.) If this is the only passage a person reads and does not look at the context and other Bible verses, it would be easy to believe it is a formula for salvation.

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Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 4

Is a person saved by faith alone (God’s grace) or faith and works?

Romans 3:23-27
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Romans 4:16
16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

Romans 5:1-2
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 11:6
6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Notice we are saved by faith so that we can do good works. In fact we are created by God to do good works. But we are saved by faith in His grace, not by our works.

Titus 3:5-7
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

It is very clear that a person is saved (experiences salvation) by faith in God’s grace, not by any works whatsoever. There is nothing required of me except to confess (be in agreement with God that I am a sinner in need of a savior), believe (to totally rely on and trust in), and repent (turn away from sin).

In our next lesson we will look at Acts 2:38-39 and explore the concept by some who profess to be Christians but require individuals to be baptized in water in Jesus name to be saved. Some even say that a person must also speak in tongues to be saved.

Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 3

Jesus as Lord AND Savior
If a person is truly born again, Jesus will not only be their savior, but He will be their Lord. Take a look at these verses.

Philip 3:20
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;"

1 Tim. 1:1-2 
"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope; to Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord."

2 Peter 1:1-2
"Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;"

2 Peter 1:11
"for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you."

2 Peter 2:20
"For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first." 

2 Peter 3:2
"that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles."

2 Peter 3:18
"but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."

Jude 1:25
"to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."

It is clear in Scripture that Jesus cannot be your savior unless He is also your lord.

In our next lesson we will see that salvation is by grace alone.

Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 2

Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 2

We seen in the last study that for a person to experience salvation they need to be born again and they must repent of their sin. A person must also believe in Jesus and confess He is Lord. We will be looking at the Greek definition of believe and confess.

John 3:16
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Acts 16:31
31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."

1 John 5:13
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

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Salvation as an Essential Doctrine-Part 1

One of the essentials that there must be agreement on and not a non-essential in Christianity is how a person receives salvation. In regards to salvation we are speaking specifically of how a person goes to heaven and not hell. We will not be addressing all the other aspects of salvation.

The Bible uses the phrases being born again or saved when talking about salvation.
For a person to be a Christian (born again or saved) they must repent from their sins and believe that the only means of salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. They also must believe that it is by faith alone-not faith and works. This means baptism in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, or doing works is not required to experience salvation.

So, when it comes to salvation there is no room for agree to disagree.

Water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and works are not essential for salvation. This does not mean they are not important.

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Drugged & Delivered- My Testimony by: Marlene

Drugged and Delivered

I was once living in a world of drugs
Smoking and drinking not caring who I was
The devil had my life and a good hold on me
I was fighting a battle that I just couldn’t see

I smoked all day and I smoked all night
I prayed when I finished because I knew it wasn’t right
But soon as I got money I started again
Not realizing I was lost in sin

I still prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ
Praying that the Lord would change my life
It felt like my family turned their backs on me
And my children’s dad he just let me be

So I stayed away doing my thing
Smoking and drinking every day the same
I lost everything that I ever had
My life started to look really bad

But one day the Lord had mercy on me
He answered my prayers and he set me free
I’m filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues
and now have the powers to make that dirty old devil run

Poetry by: Marlene Renee’ Adderison-Aaron

The Essentials of Christianity

"In Essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love."

In the next few articles we are going to explore the concept of what is essential and non-essential in regards to the Christian faith.

There are those who have a real problem with this statement by Augustine. They see it as encouraging ungodly compromise, accepting false doctrine, an ‘anything goes’ mentality. The same individuals normally come against the idea of agreeing to disagree. Again they see this as compromise.

There are those who assume that anyone who quotes Augustine or says, ‘we must agree to disagree’ are people of compromise. There are some fallacies with these assumptions. The first fallacy is obvious-making assumptions. It is not up to us to assume the heart, thoughts, or opinions of another. The second fallacy is that the word compromise is always evil, bad, accepting of error.

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