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Handout 1: Victory Baptist Church - What We Believe
From Victory Baptist Church of North Augusta, SC; used with permission.
What We Believe
God's word is the foundation of everything we believe as a church. Though some say it is out of date and too "old-fashioned," we still believe in the perfection and inspiration of God's word. We firmly stand upon every word of the King James Bible.
Life has a question for you...
What if you knew that today was your last day to live? What if you died today? Are you 100 % sure that Heaven would be your FINAL DESTINATION?
The Bible says we can know we're going to Heaven, but there are four things we must first believe.
1. WE ARE ALL SINNERS
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Most people consider themselves to be a good person, but who is the standard of goodness? In other words, to whom are you comparing yourself to see if you are good?
But the Bible says the standard is Jesus Christ and compared to Him, the best person in the world is in trouble!
2. THERE IS A PENALTY FOR YOUR SIN
The Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death... " (Romans 6:23)
We get our wages on payday for the work we have done. The Bible says that sin also has a payday. Some think they can get their sins paid for by being good, getting baptized or joining a church. But the Bible says, "the wages of sin is death." So, according to the Bible, the only way you could pay for your sin would be to die and spend eternity in hell.
That is not very good news is it? So, here's the good news.....the reason we cannot earn eternal life through good works or any other way is because it is a free gift! Notice again, that the Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Eternal life is a gift, and a gift is always free. So, eternal life is a free gift because.....
3. CHRIST PAID YOUR PENALTY
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. " (Romans 5:8)
The Bible says that when Jesus died on the cross, He was dying to pay the penalty for our sin.
4. PRAY AND RECEIVE CHRIST
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
If you believe that you are a sinner and that Christ died to pay your sin debt, then by faith call upon the Lord and ask Him to be your Savior.
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, you can pray, "Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner, but I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sin. I trust you, and you alone, to forgive my sin and take me to heaven when I die."
If you received Christ as your Savior, please contact us and let us know.