Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Salvation Prayer

Bit of an early start today as the dogs decided they wanted to go out at 0500. I've just read on facebook that Steven Baldwin (brother of Alec Baldwin) has just done the salvation prayer with Alex Reid who I am told is Jordon's boyfriend. We don't watch TV here so I have a slightly different perspective on the world i.e not sure who either of them are. Anyway, I bet they didn't expect that to happen in the Big Brother House. So what is the salvation prayer?
Just type it into google and see what you get. There are lots of answers but they follow a theme. Here is what the website had to say.
The Salvation Prayer - The Cornerstone is Christ?
What is the so-called Salvation Prayer? What do I do to get "saved?" At one point or another we all ask ourselves this question. 

"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) 

"Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'" (John 3:3)
Salvation Prayer - Back to Basics
The Salvation Prayer is merely a road to rebirth in Jesus Christ. To be born again you must confess Jesus as Lord and believe that He is. When you ask Him into your heart, you are allowing Him to be the Lord of your life. Unfortunately, the Church today has complicated the Salvation message with various layers of extra "stuff." 

So, let's get back to the basics! 

A. Salvation is the "permission slip" to enter heaven when you leave this world.
B. Salvation takes place when a person listens to the salvation message, believes it, and makes a decision to receive Jesus into his or her heart.
Salvation Prayer - The Simple Steps:
1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord. 

2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. 

3. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later. 

4. Repent of your sins and get baptized in the name of Jesus.
Salvation Prayer - Merely a Tool to Communicate Our Faith
The Salvation Prayer is not a ritual based on specific words. This is not the power of a prayer, but the power of truly committing our lives to Christ as Savior and Lord. The following is merely a guideline for our sincere step of faith: 

"God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus' precious and holy name. Amen."
If you decided to repent of your sins and receive Christ today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
Spend time with God each day.
It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus.
Develop a group of believer friends to answer your questions and support you.
Find a local church where you can worship God.

Just in case you are wanting to know more about Steven Baldwin. This is what google had to say. He's the younger brother of Alec Baldwin. He is also an actor. Here's the relevant bit....
In September 2006, Baldwin released his book titled The Unusual Suspect, which details highlights from his personal life, career, days of drug abuse and ultimately his turn to becoming a born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks. In the same year, Baldwin, Mario D'Ortenzio and Bobby Brewer founded, "Breakthrough Ministries", which was designed to utilize extreme sports as a ministry via arena tours, which were referred to as, "Assault Tours", and featured extreme sports celebrities, with Christian Hosoi being the most notable one. In 2007, Daniel Southern joined Baldwin as President of his ministries. In late 2008, Baldwin formed a for-profit organization called, "Antioch Ministry", which exists, "to facilitate the gifts and calling of Stephen Baldwin". In 2009, Baldwin and Southern launched a third ministry called, "Now More Than Ever", designed to reach enlisted men and women in the military, around the world.

1 comment:

  1. Another example of acausal synchronicity?

    The alarm clock went off at 0600 and of the 4092 songs that my computer randomly could choose from - it chose "I believe in you" by Il Divo.

    The path you have chosen
    A restless road
    No turning back
    One day you
    Will find your light again
    Don't you know
    Don't let go
    Be strong

    Follow your heart
    Let your love lead through the darkness
    Back to a place you once knew
    I believe, I believe, I believe
    In you

    Follow your dreams
    Be yourself, an angel of kindness
    There's nothing that you can not do
    I believe, I believe, I believe
    In you.

    Tout seul
    Tu t'en iras tout seul
    Coeur ouvert
    A l'univers
    Poursuis ta quête
    Sans regarder derrière
    N'attends pas
    Que le jour
    Se lève

    Suis ton étoile
    Va jusqu'où ton rêve t'emporte
    Un jour tu le toucheras
    Si tu crois, si tu crois, si tu crois
    En toi
    Suis la lumière
    N'éteins pas la flamme que tu portes
    Au fond de toi souviens-toi
    Que je crois, que je crois, que je crois
    En toi

    Someday I'll find you
    Someday you'll find me too
    And when I hold you close
    I'll know that is true

    Follow your heart
    Let your love lead through the darkness
    Back to a place you once knew
    I believe, I believe, I believe in you

    Follow your dreams
    Be yourself, an angel of kindness
    There's nothing that you can not do
    I believe, I believe, I believe
    In you.