According to Janet Chismar, of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Bible is a “collection of books, written by dozens of authors over many hundreds of years…. But in spite of their diversity, when you examine them, you discover they all have a common theme: God’s relationship with the human race.” The Bible is believed to be the inspired word of God. Chismar continues to explain the Bible’s significance by stating, “The Bible isn’t just a collection of men’s ideas about God, nor is it a guidebook for living that people developed over the centuries. It is the Word of God–and that makes all the difference. This means the Bible is our authority in everything it touches. This means the Bible is our guide to show us how to live. Most of all, this means the Bible is our instructor, teaching us about God and His plan of salvation in Christ.” Those of Christian faith believe that the Bible is God’s definitive doctrine.
The Bible defines faith in, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9). The word describes that the way to salvation is through belief, or faith, in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Those who believe this and repent of their sins are redeemed. They will be accepted into heaven through Jesus. However, this proves to be a dangerous perspective on salvation. This statement can easily be misinterpreted. Some may think t...
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...ing preacher and writer Max Lucado writes that, “Jesus did not say, "Do not do good works." Nor did he instruct, "Do not let your works be seen." We must do good works, and some works, such as benevolence or teaching, must be seen in order to have an impact. So let 's be clear. To do a good thing is a good thing. To do good to be seen is not. In fact, to do good to be seen is a serious offense.” The purpose of service is not recognition. Service is not a means to redemption. Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is. To sincerely accept this into your life you must recognize the sin in your life and make conscious efforts to follow in the footsteps of Christ. The apostle Paul writes in the book of Galatians, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13).
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