I am so thankful for the church of Christ, which belongs to Christ, that Christ built almost 2,000 years ago. It is within the church that salvation is found. Acts 2:47 says, “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” I Timothy 3:15 says, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The church is the pillar and ground of the truth!
If you are not a Christian, I encourage you to hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I encourage you to believe the Gospel that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Mark 16:16). Mark 16:16 says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” I encourage you to repent of past sins (Acts 2:38). Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” I encourage you to confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32). Matthew 10:32 says, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” I encourage you to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38, I Peter 3:21-22). I Peter 3:21-22 says, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” Upon your baptism, you will be a Christian, a member of the Lord’s church, and you must live faithfully unto death (Revelation 2:10). Revelation 2:10 says, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” If you are not a Christian, and you want to become one, please contact me or any of my fellow faculty members at Tennessee Bible College.
If you go astray as a Christian, you should repent and confess your sins, then through prayer, forgiveness will be extended (Acts 8:22, I John 1:9). Acts 8:22 says, “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you are a Christian who has gone astray, and you want to make your life right, please contact me or any of my fellow faculty members at Tennessee Bible College.
I want to help all that I can to go to Heaven. I hope you do, too! I encourage you to make sure that you are a Christian, living faithfully devoted to God each day!
-Jason Gann, TBC’s Registrar