"Study to show thyself approved unto God." (2 Timothy 2.15)
There are many false teachers in the land today who are trying to get honest and sincere people to believe that they can be saved by some one thing only to the exclusion of everything else. Some teach that man is saved by faith only, others say it is by grace only, still others say it is by works only, and on they go trying to prove that we are saved by only one thing. They argue that if the Bible predicated salvation upon two or more things it would be inconsistent and contradictory. Such reasoning (or lack of reasoning) is indeed false and absurd. If God had said anywhere in the Bible that we are saved by any one thing only and then declared that something else is essential, that would be contradictory. But where in the Bible did God say we are saved by one thing only? It isn't in there. A proposition setting forth a truth does not exclude everything as false not contained in that truth, but only excludes that which would oppose that truth.
For example, the Bible teaches that we are saved by faith, but that does not mean that repentance is not essential for repentance is not opposed to faith but works in harmony with it. The only thing that is excluded in the teaching that we are saved by faith is unbelief, for that is the only thing that is opposed to faith. Thus the Bible teaches that we are saved by a number of things all working in harmony.
Listed below are fifteen things that the Bible teaches to be essential for salvation. Not one of them can be eliminated for each one is indispensable. Please read the scriptures given after each one:
Let us believe the facts of the Gospel, and obey the commands that we may enjoy the promises.
You should know that the church was:
Built and paid for by Jesus Christ. (Mt 16:18; Acts 20.28).
Built on Christ as the foundation. (Eph 2:20; I Cor 3:11).
Established on the first Pentecost after Christ arose from the dead. (Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; Acts 2).
You should know that, in the New Testament, the church is called:
The temple of God. (1 Cor 3:16).
The bride of Christ. (Eph 5:21-32).
The body of Christ. (Col 1:18,24).
The kingdom of God. (Col 1:13).
The house of God. (I Tim 3:15).
The church. (Eph 3:10).
The church of God. (I Cor 1:2).
The church of the firstborn. (Heb 12:23).
The church of the Lord. (Acts 20:28).
The churches of Christ. (Rom 16:16).
You should know members of the church are called:
Members. (I Cor 12:17).
Disciples. (Acts 6:1).
Believers. (Acts 5:15; 2 Cor 6:15).
Saints. (Acts 9:13; Rom 1:7).
Priests. (1 Pet 2:9).
Christians. (Acts 11:26; 1 Pet 4:16).
You should know that Christ:
Loved the church. (Eph 5:25).
Gave His blood for the church. (Acts 20:28).
Established the church. (Matt 16:18).
Added all the saved to the church. (Acts 2:47.
Is the head of the church. (Col 1:18).
Will save the church. (Eph 5:23).
You should know in New Testament times there was:
One family of God.
One kingdom of Christ Jesus.
One body of Christ.
One bride of Christ.
One church of Christ.
No denominational churches as we have in the world today. (Eph 1:22-23;4:4).
You should know that to get into the church you must:
Believe in Christ. (Acts 2:36; Heb 11:6; John 20:30-31).
Repent of your sins. (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38;Acts 17:30).
Confess faith in Christ. (Matt 10:32,33; Rom 10:9,10).
Be baptized for remission of sins. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38).
You should know that baptism requires:
Water. (Acts 10:47).
Much water (John 3:23).
Going to the water. (Acts 8:36).
Going down into the water. (Acts 8.38).
A burial. (Rom 6:5; Col 2:12).
A washing. (Acts 22:16).
A birth. (John 3:5).
A coming out of the water. (Acts 8:39).
You should know that in baptism:
You are saved from sins. (I Pet 3:21).
Sins are washed away. (Acts 22:16).
You have remission of sins. (Acts 2:38).
You get into Christ. (Gal 3:27).
You put on Christ. (Gal 3:27).
You walk in newness of life. (Rom 6:4).
You obey Christ. (Acts 10:48).
You should know that the faithful church must:
Worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23).
Meet on the first day of the week. (Acts 20:7; Heb 10:25).
Sing (not play instruments). (Eph 5:19).
Pray. (Acts 2:42; 1 Tim 2:1,2).
Edify one another. (I Cor 14).
Take Lord's Supper weekly. (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 11:20-32).
Give of their means. (1 Cor 16:2).
You should know that, though all Christians are servants of Christ, the three classes of uniquely recognized servants in the church are:
Elders, who are also called bishops or pastors, to feed and oversee the flock. (Acts 20:28; 1Tim 8:1-7; 1 Pet 5:14).
Deacons to serve the church. (I Tim 8:8-13; Acts 6:1-6).
Evangelists, who are also called preachers or ministers, to preach God's word. (Eph 5:11; I and 2 Tim; Titus).