Teaching
Salvation
Salvation is the first and most important step in a person's walk with God. The Bible
teaches us that in the beginning of time God had such an intimate relationship with people
that every day in the cool of the day He would come  and talk with them. Unfortunately,  
people decided to do things that were against the laws of God. That was the beginning of
sin and it destroyed the relationship between God and mankind. Because of that sin
people were doomed to never  walking with God again, and spending an eternity
separated from Him. The Bible refers to that as spiritual death.  However, God has a great
love for people and from that time on God has been trying to restore the relationship that
had existed between mankind and God before sin happened.

So, what does this have to do with us?... EVERY PERSON IS ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD...
The Bible teaches that we, too,  have all sinned (or failed in following God) and we are
unworthy to stand before God due to this sin. It tells of a day when we will give account to  
God  for our life choices here and for any sin that we have committed. What person would
want to stand before God and have to pay for the mistakes and sins they have in their life?
Romans 3:23--
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 5:12-- "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
1John 1:10-- If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in
us."

So, what can a person do about this? ....REPENT... AND ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR LORD...
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to earth so that we could receive forgiveness for
our sins and so that the close relationship between God and mankind could be restored.
The scriptures teach us that sin could only be forgiven and removed by Jesus Christ
giving His life on the cross of Calvary for our sins. Withtout the shedding of the blood of
Jesus Christ forgiveness of sin would not be possible. Now, because of this, it is possible
for people to be "saved" from having to pay for their sins.
THIIS IS DONE BY REPENTING
and asking Jesus into your heart to be the Lord of your life.
This is the only way to receive
salvation as taught in the Bible. A  person cannot receive this gift of SALVATION by works
or good deeds. We are none good enough to be accepted by God. The Bible says that our
"good deeds" are like filthy rags to God. There is no other way to be saved except through
repentence and allowing Jesus Christ to be LORD of our lives, putting Him first in every
decision in life.This salvation experience brings forgiveness for sins and allows us to
spend eternity in Heaven with God. It gives us peace in this life and hope for eternity.
John 14:6--
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father but by me."
Ephesians 2:8-9-- "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."   
Luke 13:5--  Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Acts 17:30-- In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, bu t now He commands all
people everywhere to repent.

Everyone has sinned, however, God has made a way for us to be "saved" from our sins
by becoming a Christian and living our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.  In order to be
saved you must admit you have sinned & repent for those sins. Next, you believe, accept
and confess that Jesus Christ became a blood sacrifice and died for your sins.  You must
believe that through Him you have eternal life. The Bible teaches us that once we repent
and ask Jesus to become the LORD of our life He does exactly that. He forgives our sins
and failures and restores us into a committed relationship with Him. We become a part of
the Kingdom of God. He becomes our God and we become His child. He gives us
salvation and peace and hope. The Bible says that we become a heirs and joint heirs with   
Jesus Christ...all the blessings of His kingdom become ours.
John 3:16-17--
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not
His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be
saved."
Romans 5:8-- "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners. Christ died for us."
Romans 10:9-- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Why not ask Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour today? You can do this
by praying a prayer of repentence right where you are. Why wait?
Romans 10:10-- "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation."
Romans 10:13-- "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

How do I pray a prayer of repentence? What exactly do I need to say?
Although there is no structured prayer that grants salvation the following may be used as
a guideline for the way to pray. The most important thing is that you talk to God out of your
heart and that you are sincere.
A PRAYER YOU MIGHT PRAY is  this:
" God, I have sinned and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ became a sacrifice,
shed His blood and died for my sins. As instructed by His word I now invite Jesus Christ
to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour and the LORD of my life.  Lord help
me to turn from my sinful nature and keep Jesus as my focus and example.
In Jesus' name, Amen."

Once you have repented and prayed sincerely for Jesus to become the LORD of your life,
the Bible teaches that God receives you as His child and as a part of His kingdom.
John 1:12--
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on His name:"
2 Corinthians 5:17-- "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new."


Water Baptism  
In the Bible, in the book of Acts, the apostle Peter preached to the people concerning  
salvation.  When the people heard the message they felt convicted because of their sin
and  asked what they should do.  In answer to their question  Peter said:  
"Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of your sins, and you shall recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost"  

We believe that in order to become a Christian, or be "saved" a person must first repent of
their sins and acknowledge that they want Jesus Christ to be the Lord of their life.  After
repentence a person should be baptized according to scripture. At New Song Fellowship
we baptize by immersion  in the name of Jesus Christ.  The apostles baptized in the name
of Jesus and instructed all  new converts to be baptized in the name of Jesus. We also
baptize this way, believeing that this is obedience to God's word.  Baptism represents the
burying of the old life and resurrection to a new life as a Christian. It says to the world that
a person has accepted Jesus Christ as the LORD of their life.


The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
New Song Fellowship is a spirit-filled church that believes and teaches that as Christians
we should seek the in filling ( or baptism) of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking
in tongues. As mentioned by Peter in Acts 2:38 Jesus promised that He would send us a
comforter or counselor after He went away. The comforter or counselor that Jesus told of
was the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit). In the book of Acts, Peter told the people to repent and
be baptized and after that they would receive the Holy Ghost just as Jesus had promised.
Jesus taught that receiving the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) would comfort us and give us
more power to live for Him. It gives us the power to be witnesses for the Kingdom of God
so that we can win others to God.
In addition to repenting and being baptized, followers of
Jesus Christ should seek God and ask Him to fill them with the Holy Ghost with the
evidence of speaking in tongues. This is the experience that early New Testament
Christians received and it is available for us today.
John 16:7--"But I tell you the truth; It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go
away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you."
John 14:16-- "And I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Counselor, to be
with  you forever."  
John 15:26-- "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from my Father, the
Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify of Me."  
Acts 2:38-- "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of your sins, and
you shall recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost"  


Holiness
When a person begins their walk as a Christian it is the beginning of a  committment to live
in a way that is pleaseing to God. We are instructed in the word of God that as Christians
we should live a holy life.
1 Thessalonians 4:7- 8--
 "For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  
Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His
Holy Spirit.  
Holiness is required without exception... No matter what lifestyle you live, being who you
are is never an excuse to live an un-holy un-Godly life.
Hebrews 12:14--
"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without
holiness no one will see the Lord."
Considering the price that Jesus  paid for our salvation, the least we can do to show
respect and reverence for God is to live holy before Him.
2 Corinthians 7:1--
"Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves
from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence
for God".
                                                                                                    
Church Membership
We consider those who attend on a regular basis and embrace the teachings of the
church to be members of New Song Fellowship. Being a member of the church does not
necesarily mean that a person has a perfect relationship with Jesus. We have a saying in
our church, "Just Add God". We believe that  if you will add God to your life, He will make
the necessary changes within you and draw you to Him in a way that will cause real
changes in your heart. Those changes will be reflected through your actions. There may
be people from time to time that attend the church who do not have a close relationship
with Jesus Christ. It is our hope that if  we love them and teach them the truth from the
word of God with patience and endurance they will develop a close relationship with
Jesus and become what He has intended for them to be in life. Church membership is
important and we encourage all Christians to find a local church where they can attend. It
provides a place to grow and is encouraged by the word of God.
Hebrews10:24-25--
"And let us consider how we may spur each other on toward love and
good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let
us encourage one another--and all the more as we see the Day approaching.