The Plan of Salvation – “Being sure of your salvation”
Session Objective: Ensure that the member fully understands the Biblical basis for receiving salvation.
Step one in understanding the Plan of Salvation is to understand the word, promises, character and spirit of God as related to salvation. Read the following scriptures:
The word of God (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13)
God wants you to know that you have ______________ life.
The promises of God (Rom 10:9; John 5:24)
What are the promises found in these two verses?
The character of God (1 Cor 1:9;1 Thes 5:24; Heb 10:23)
What do these verses tell you about God’s character?
God is ___________!
· The Spirit of God (Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Cor 5:17)
What is the seal given by God as a guarantee of His promise?
The Holy Spirit at work within you is indisputable proof of your salvation. The Holy Spirit’s work in your life will bring changes. Some changes will be gradual; some changes will be instant. The inward and outward changes that result are the final proof of your salvation.
What is God’s plan of salvation? Read the following scriptures in order to answer this key question.
Revelation 22:17 tells us that "whosoever will" may come to Christ for salvation.
Romans 10:13 tells us, "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".
John 3:16 says, "Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life".
These passages plainly teach that God’s plan of salvation will reach whosoever. Any plan that will not reach "any man in any condition, who calls on the Lord" is not God’s plan.
God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings but on the facts found in the Bible. Review the following scriptures:
· GOD promises and gives eternal life (John 3:16-18)
· The believer has everlasting life (I John 6:47, I John 5:13)
· Christians do not keep themselves (John 10:28-29)
· The Christian is hidden with Christ in GOD (Colossians 3:3). If the devil could get us, he would be stronger than GOD. If he could get one of us, he could get us all.
· When we are born again we are born the children of GOD, and we cannot be unborn (John 3:5)
· Nothing can separate us from the love of GOD (Romans 8:35-39)
· When Christians sin, GOD chastises them and keeps them (Galatians 6:7, Hebrews 12:6-7, Psalms 89:30-33)
· Sins of Christians are not charged to them, so they do not have to die for them (Romans 4:7-8)
· Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is God’s full revelation of Himself. The Bible is our only record of His incarnation and atonement. As a summary on Baptist doctrine we thus can say that Memorial Missionary Baptist Church accepts the Bible as the whole Word of GOD and the whole Bible as the Word of GOD. Praying for God’s leadership and giving our best effort toward understanding, we seek to teach everything that the Bible teaches. Our doctrines are based on the Scriptures, not on man-made traditions.
· Salvation is given by GOD in grace, apart from human works or merit (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7)
· Salvation received by man through repentance and faith. Repentance is absolutely necessary for salvation (Matthew 4:17, Luke 15:9, Acts 3:19).
· Faith is absolutely necessary (John 3:16-18, 36, Acts 10:43, Romans 5:1).
· And finally, salvation is not just what you confess by mouth, but it must also be from the heart (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:35-37).
Ordinances of the Baptist Church
Session Objective: Ensure that the member fully understands the two ordinances practiced by the Baptist Church:
- The Lord’s Supper
Definition: Ordinance- Something ordained or decreed by fate or deity; A prescribed usage, practice or ceremony.
Baptism - Strengthening your faith and assurance of salvation
Why should you be baptized?
An act of obedience (1 John 2:3)
A command of Jesus (Matt 28:19-20; Matt 3:13 – 17)
Model provided by the new believers in New Testament (Acts 2:35-38, 41,47)
Baptism expresses your love for Jesus (John 14:21)
Baptism is a public declaration of faith in God (Matt 10:32 – 33)
Baptism illustrates two important principles
What Jesus did for each of us (1 Cor 15:46-58)
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What has happened to you, the new believer (Rom 6:3-4)
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There is only one type of baptism (Ephesians 4:5). Scriptural baptism is by immersion. The Greek word for "baptize" means immerse and never means sprinkle or pour. Scriptures about baptism also make immersion absolutely necessary in the ordinance. Baptism must be in water (Mark 1:5). It requires much water (John 3:23), going down into the water (Acts 8:38), burial in water and resurrection from the water (Colossians 2:12), and coming up out of the water (Acts 8:39).
Baptism sets forth the burial and resurrection of Christ and shows the individual's salvation by death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:4-8). It is an illustration or symbol of salvation (I Peter 3:21), or putting on a uniform showing that we are saved (Galatians 3:27), done in obedience to Christ's command (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism is not essential for salvation. There is no passage in the Bible that teaches that baptism is necessary for salvation. Some passages have been wrongly interpreted to teach it, but there is no passage that says "except ye be baptized ye shall be lost". This is said of both repentance and faith (Luke 13:3, John 3:18). There are many passages that plainly teach that salvation is without baptism (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:13).
In the New Testament, only believers were baptized. Paul clearly teaches that baptism is not a part of the gospel message of salvation. In I Corinthians 1:14-17). Paul also said here that he was sent to preach the gospel, not to baptize. This plainly teaches that baptism is not part of the gospel, but Paul taught in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is "the power of GOD unto salvation".
Every Christian should be baptized, not in order to be saved, but because he is saved.
The Lord's Supper
The primary purpose of this ordinance is to provide a memorial of Christ's death (I Corinthians 11:24-26).
· Bread represents Christ’s ____________.
· The cup is represents Christ’s shed __________.
Who is to partake in this ordinance? Only the baptized should take part in the Lord’s Supper. Church members are to partake (Acts 2:41-42)
How often should the Lord's Supper be observed? There is no command as to this. The scriptures simply say "as often as ye eat". Some churches observe it yearly, some quarterly, others more often. Here at Memorial Missionary we observe it the first Sunday of each month.
A brief description of Memorial Missionary’s Communion Service is provided below:
Our bread and wine consist of unleavened bread (the Bread) and non-alcoholic grape juice (the Cup);
Pastor and Deacons serve the congregation, which remains seated;
After all members have been served, the Pastor instructs the congregation when to eat the bread and wine.
Prior to partaking in the Lord’s Supper, each believer should examine themselves and ask for forgiveness if anything exists that the Lord would make them unworthy.
(I Corinthians 11:28-29)
In summary you may also want to review the following general references:
· Matthew 26:26-29
· Mark 14:22-25
· Luke 22:19-20
· I Corinthians 11:23-29
The Covenant of the Baptist Church
Session Objective: Ensure that the member fully understands the Biblical basis of the Church Covenant of the Baptist Church as well as how it is practiced at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.
The church covenant is a voluntary agreement by members of a Baptist church whereby they promise to conduct their lives in such a way as to glorify GOD and promote the ongoing of His church. Every member should study it carefully, refer to it often, and seek to live by it. It clearly outlines the obligations of church membership. The form of covenant in use at Memorial Missionary is as follows:
The Church Covenant
What common experience leads us into fellowship and covenant relations with God and one another?
Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of GOD, to receive the LORD JESUS CHRIST as our SAVIOR, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY SPIRIT, we do now, in the presence of GOD, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in CHRIST.
By what pledge do we turn from the ways of the world?
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the HOLY SPIRIT, to walk together in Christian love;
What are some of our duties and responsibilities as members of the body of Christ?
To strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;
What pledge do we gladly make as stewards of that which God has entrusted to us?
We promise to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel, through all nations.
For the sake of our home and loved ones, what tasks do we humbly assume?
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
For the sake of the unsaved for whom Christ died, to what manner of life and conversation are we solemnly pledged?
To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of destructive drugs or intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to shun pornography; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
Since one is our Master, even Christ, and all we are brethren, by what fraternal ministries are we to strengthen each other and thereby uphold the teachings of Christ?
We promise to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
For the sake of our continued spiritual development, what do we promise to do if we should move beyond the reach of this church?
We engage, finally, that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.
All state together . . .
Humbly confessing our previous shortcomings, we pray for grace and strength to keep these, our holy vows, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. And now unto Him, who brought again from the dead, Our Lord Jesus, be the Power and Glory forever. Amen.
Biblical Basis of the Covenant
The obligations for church membership outlined in the covenant are all scriptural, as described below:
The first paragraph addresses Salvation and Baptism
Having been led as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (John 6:44), and on the profession of our faith (Rom. 10:9), having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19-20), we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
· John 3:3
”Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be ______________________ he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.
· Matthew 28:19-20
”Go ye therefore and teach all nations _________________ them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
· Romans 10:9-10
”That if thou shalt confess with thy ___________ the ________________ and shalt believe in thine _____________ that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be __________.
Paragraph Two Addresses Our Duties To The Church
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness (Phil. 1:27, 2 Tim. 2:15, 2 Cor. 7:1, 2 Pet. 3:11), and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines (Heb. 10:25, Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:23-26); to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations (Mal. 3:8-12, Matt. 23:23, 1 Cor. 16:2, 2 Cor. 9:6-8).
· To walk together in Christian love (John 13:34-35)
”A commandment I give unto you, that ye love _____________ as I have loved ________”
· To strive for the advancement of the church and promote its prosperity and spirituality. (II Timothy 2:15)
”Study to shew _______________unto God, a _________________ that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing ________________________.
· To attend worship services regularly (Hebrews 10:23-25)
”Not forsaking the _________________ of ourselves together.”
· To sustain the churches ordinances, discipline and doctrine (Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 11:23-26)
”Go ye therefore, and teach ____________, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
· To give it priority in my life (Matthew 6:33)
”But seek ye first the ______________________ and his _____________ and all these things shall be added ________________________.
· To contribute cheerfully and regularly (I Corinthians 16:1-2, II Corinthians 9:6-8, Luke 6:38, Malachi 3:10)
”Every man according as he purposeth in his _______, so let him give, not _______________ or of necessity: for God loveth a _________________.
”Give and it shall be given unto ____;”
”Bring ye all the _____ into the ________________.”
· To carry my membership when I move and be active in church work wherever I live (Acts 11:19-21, Acts 18:24-28)
Paragraph Three Addresses Our Responsibilities To Our Families And Our Duties In Personal Christian Living:
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions (1 Thes.. 5:17, Acts 17:11); to religiously educate our children (Prov. 22:6, 1 Tim 3:15); to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, Matt. 4:19); to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Eph. 5:15-16, Phil. 2:14-15, 1 Pet. 2:11-12); to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger (Eph. 4:31-32, 1 Pet. 2:21, Col. 3:8); to abstain from the sale and the use of intoxicating and behavior altering substances for recreational purposes; (Eph. 5:1, Habakkuk 2:15), and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (Titus 2:13-14).
· To maintain family and secret devotions (I Thessolonians 5:17-18, II Timothy 3:16)
”To ________ without ceasing. In everything give ____________.”
“All scripture is given by ________________ of ________, and is profitable for_____________, for ______________, for ____________, for ______________________ in _________________________.
· To religiously educate the children (Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
”but bring them up in the _______________ and _____________ of the Lord.”
”And thou shalt _________ them diligently unto thy ___________”
· To seek the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8, Matthew 4:19)
”And ye shall be _______________ unto be both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the __________.
”Follow me and I will make you ____________ of _________.
· To walk circumspectly in the world, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Ephesians 5:15, Philippians 2:14-15, I Peter 2:11-12)
”See then that ye walk _________________, not as ____________
but as ___________.”
”Do all things without __________________ and _______________.
”Abstain from fleshly __________ which war against the _________.”
· To avoid gossip and excessive anger (Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8-10, James 3:8-10)
”Let all ________________ and __________ and _________ and ____________ and ____________________ be put away from you”
”Lie not one to _________________”
”But the ______________ can no man tame”
· To abstain from sale and use of drugs and liquors (Ephesians 5:18, Proverbs 23:29-35)
”And be not drunk with __________ wherein is excess but be filled with the _______________.”
· To shun pornography (Proverbs 23:7, Matthew 5:27-28)
”For as he ___________ in his ______________, so is he”
”Thou shalt not commit _______________.”
· To be zealous in our efforts for Christ (Colossians 1:10, Colossians 3:17)
”Being ________________ in every good _______________.”
”And whatsoever ye do in ____________ or ____________, do all in the name of the ____________________.”
Paragraph four speaks of our duties to fellow members:
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (1 Pet. 1:22); to remember each other in prayer (James 5:16); to aid each other in sickness and distress (Gal. 6:1, 1 John 3:17); to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech (1 Pet. 3:8, 1 Thes. 4:18, Phil. 2:3); to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation (Eph. 4:32), and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay (Matt. 5:23-24, Matt. 18:15-17).
We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word (Heb. 10:25).
· To watch over one another in love (I John 4:7-8)
”Beloved, let us __________________________ for love is of ______.”
· To pray for one another (James 5:14-16)
”And the ________________ of ______________ shall save the sick”
· To aid in sickness and distress (Galatians 6:1-2, James 2:14-16)
”Bear ye one another’s ________________ and so fulfill the ______ of __________________.
”What doth it ______________ my brethren though a man say he hath __________ and have not ________________?”
· To cultivate sympathy and courtesy (I Peter 3:8-9)
”Finally be ye all of one ___________, having ______________ one of another, love as _________________, be pitiful, be _______________.”
· To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation (Ephesians 4:31-32)
”Be ye _________ one to ________________, tenderhearted, _______________ one another, even as ______________ for Christ’s sake hath ____________________ you.”