03 May Romans 10:9-11, 13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5
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; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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.
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
It is not enough to just know about God’s gift of grace. There must be a response. How? Believe, repent, confess, and be baptized. The Bible says, “believe in your heart,” which goes beyond mere intellectual agreement, as it indicates trust. We must fully trust in the redeeming work of Jesus; we must have faith. Genuine faith always leads to repentance. Repent means “to change one’s mind,” and this change of mind should lead to a change in action: turn away from sin and turn toward God. Then we are to “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.” We are to declare our belief in Jesus, giving outward evidence of an inward faith. And finally, be baptized. Baptism is included in every Biblical account of salvation. Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and we are raised to walk in new life with Him. Have you responded in this way? If not, call the church and do so. If you have, share the good news with others.