What is the purpose of human life? Are we here for a reason? Does the Bible provide answers for these questions? What does the Bible mean when it talks about repentence and conversion? Inside this booklet your will find the answers to these questions.
"...Broad is the road that leads to destruction...and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13, 14, New International Version).
Do you believe in many roads to salvation?
Although most churches have formal procedures for admitting believers into their group, their practices differ greatly. Each seems to take a different road. Even their baptismal ceremonies are different. Some sprinkle or pour. Others fully immerse believers in a stream or lake. Some groups baptize babies, while others do not. Still others believe there is no need for baptism at all. Most claim to obtain their authority from the Bible, yet they are widely diverse in their practices. Is there biblical authority for such widely divergent beliefs and customs? And does it really matter, to you or to God?
When you think about establishing a relationship with God, what comes to your mind? Do you envision attending a revival meeting or following a televangelist? How about prayer meetings or church-sponsored bingo games? Perhaps your only contact with religion has been hard-sell door-to-door evangelism or street-corner preachers.
With so many varying and contradictory approaches, it isn't surprising that some people have become cynical of religion altogether. To some, the idea that one can live forever surely must be one of those too-good-to-be-true notions. To the hard-core cynic, baptism may sound like just an empty religious term or quaint custom, and suggesting that it is a necessary step for eternal life would seem preposterous. Others simply don't know what to make of it.
But what about you? Do you know what the Bible reveals on this vital subject?
Notice what Christ Himself has to say: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44, New King James Version throughout unless noted).
Clearly, coming to God is a process that He starts, and we must choose to accept or reject His way when offered. If we accept, we have a definite process to follow. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter instructed those assembled to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38). Then God gave them His Holy Spirit, which He will also give us if we follow these same steps, enabling us to live the new life to which we have been called.
Baptism represents the most significant commitment a human being can make in this life. Though a simple ceremony, baptism powerfully acknowledges profound changes in one's heart and mind. It symbolizes fully yielding to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
God earnestly desires that we take this path. Through the apostle Peter, God tells us He "is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). Accepting His offer allows us to become His children. In John 1:12, we read, "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God..."
Baptism, as explained in your Bible, is much more than a means to join a church or just a religious ceremony for infants. It represents a mature decision, made only after careful deliberation. Jesus Christ cautioned anyone who would follow Him to "count the cost" before committing. (See Luke 14:27-33.) Baptism is an act symbolizing the magnitude of that commitment—and a major step on the narrow road that leads to your eternal life.
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