The Plan of Salvation

What is the Plan of Salvation according to the Bible?

According to Jesus in John 3:3-5, you must be born again of Water and Spirit to enter into the Kingdom of God. So the question becomes, “What does He mean by Water and Spirit?” Well, the Water would be Baptism and the Spirit would be the gift of the Holy Ghost.

According to Peter in Acts 2:38, the plan of salvation is to repent, be baptized in Jesus Name for the remission of sins and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That is directly in line with what Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3. Being born of the water is baptism, and being born of the Spirit is receiving the Holy Ghost. That would make the plan of salvation as follows:

  • Believe in the Lord Jesus
  • Repent for your sins
  • Be baptized in Jesus – click here
  • And Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost – click here

According to Mark 16:16, you have to believe and be baptized to be saved. Acts 2:38 tells us baptism is for the remission of our sins. Looking further, 1 Peter 3:21 tell us baptism is part of what saves us, through the resurrection of Christ.

According to Acts 19:2, you can believe in Jesus and not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. That is also true when we consider Acts 8:15-17. Whenever a person receives the Holy Ghost they began to speak in tongues. We see in Acts 10:44-47, that tongues is the sign that someone has received the Holy Ghost. The Jews simply knew that the Gentiles received the Holy Ghost because they heard them speak in tongues. Biblically speaking it is appropriate to ask someone if they have ever received the Holy Ghost; and they should know the exact moment they receive it (Acts 19:2-6). Even in Acts 8:17-18, we find that you can see someone receive the Holy Ghost. What you would see is them speaking in tongues.

We ask that you sincerely pray and fast about this. It is dangerous to simply disagree with something that the Bible teaches. We should not only study, but seriously pray to God for truth. Many people’s relationship with God is based on what someone is telling them. We have to go directly to Jesus for Truth.

 

Supernatural Healing

We at Abundant Life believe in Supernatural Healing. In the Bible, we find that not only Jesus, but His disciples healed the sick by using His Name. What some people don’t know is these type of occurrences still happen today. At Abundant Life, we’ve had a young child healed of cancer. One lady testified of being healed of an issue of blood. Once doctors found a growth on a man’s brain they believed to be cancer; and our Pastor prayed for him and the doctors could not find the growth anymore. I personally have seen people healed of thyroid issues, women’s wombs open who wanted to have children, people with injured backs testify of no pain, blood sugar return to normal, and cancer disappear. Many other healings have occurred also. The point is that healing still occurs today. We’d like the opportunity to pray for you. Please fill out the form below and we’ll reach out to you to have someone to come pray with you.

Why We Baptize in Jesus Name and Not by Saying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Apostolic Pentecostals baptize people in the name of Jesus and not by saying in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Now many people have never heard of baptism in Jesus Name. So the question arises, “Why would you baptize in Jesus Name, and not by Saying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?” In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told His disciples to baptize people in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We know the Name of the Son is Jesus. But what is the Name of the Holy Ghost? In John 14:26, we find out that the Holy Ghost comes in the Name of Jesus. Then we find out in Romans 8:9 that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Jesus. Therefore, the Name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus. What then is the Name of the Father? Jesus said in John 5:43 that He came in His Father’s Name. We also know the Father and the Son are one (John 10:30; John 14:8-9; Isaiah 9:6). Simply put, the Father and the Son have the same Name. Even with this Biblical evidence, some people are still confused on which way to baptize. We then can look at how the disciples baptized after Jesus gave that commandment in Matthew 28:19. Looking at Acts 2:38-41, we find Peter baptizing people in Jesus Name. These were the first baptisms after Matthew 28:19. Later we find Philip the evangelist baptizing people in Jesus Name in Acts 8:12-17. Many years later we find the Apostle Paul re-baptizing people who had been baptized by John the Baptist in the Name of Jesus. It is amazing to find that every baptism that happened after Jesus gave commandment in Matthew occurred in Jesus Name. That’s why we baptize in Jesus Name, and encourage everyone to do the same.

What Does the Bible Say About Speaking in Tongues?

Many people believe in speaking in tongues; but what does the Bible say about it. Interesting enough, speaking in tongues is a Biblical experience and should be expected by believers. The Jewish followers of Jesus believed speaking in tongues was the sign that someone had received the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:44-48).This is important because receiving the Holy Ghost is part of being born again. This would make speaking in tongues a positive thing. The first biblical account of people speaking in tongues was in Acts chapter 2. All the people who received the Holy Ghost spoke in tongues (Acts 2:1-4). This is not the only biblical experience of individuals speaking in tongues when they received the Holy Ghost. Paul once found people who had never heard of the Holy Ghost. He explained the importance of receiving it, and prayed for them to receive it. According to the Bible, when they received it they began to speak in tongues (Acts 19:2-6). We should not be scared of the supernatural power of God. Speaking in tongues is ordained of God as the evidence that someone has received the Holy Ghost.

God in Modern Times

We commonly hear the phrase “Old Fashioned.” But is God old fashioned? Should people today still live by the commandments of God that are in the Bible? Should people still wait until marriage; or is marriage itself outdated? Does Hell actually exist? I assure you though society has changed, God has not changed. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). One thing to note about the Bible is that the majority typically were not the ones following God. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were the people of God. In the New Testament, the Church are the people of God; and the Church still exists today. The Church of the Bible was founded with a supernatural experience in Acts chapter 2. The Bible itself is a testament of supernatural experiences with God.  The problem we are having today is many are not having a supernatural experience with God. There is no fear of God. Even some professing Christians do not follow His commandments. I encourage all to seek that supernatural experience with Him. I once believed that God did not move supernaturally anymore. But then I found out about Speaking in Tongues. Now I have to admit at first I was skeptical; but then I read Acts chapter 2 verses 1-4. I prayed for God to allow for me to have that experience. At that time I was not sure which church to go to; but I wanted to speak in tongues. I found out that the Apostolic Pentecostals believed in speaking in tongues. I finally received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. That experience validated the teaching of the Bible for me. So if you have any questions about God, I encourage you to seek that experience. A deeper study would show that speaking in tongues is a sign that someone has received the Holy Ghost. It is God’s intention that everyone have that supernatural experience when they first believe in Jesus Christ. Please consider the following scriptures: Acts 1:4-8|Acts 2:1-4|Acts 10:44-48|Acts 11:15-17 |Acts 19:2-6|Mark 16:16-17