How Does One Obtain Salvation?

(in other words, become a christian)

HEAR the Gospel

Romans 10:17
Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

BELIEVE in Christ and God

John 8:24
John 8:24
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins

REPENT of sins

Acts 17:30 - 31
Acts 17:30 - 31
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

              Acts 26:20
Acts 26:20
but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance

CONFESS faith in Christ

Matthew 10:32
Matthew 10:32
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven

              Romans 10:10
Romans 10:10
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

BE BAPTIZED for the remission of sins

Mark 16:16
Mark 16:16
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned

              Acts 2:38
Acts 2:38
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

Live faithfully the rest of your life on this earth

Galatians 2:20
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me

Is a newly saved Christian then added to the church?

Yes, that person is added to the spiritual church that Jesus built
The Lord adds to the church those who are being saved

Acts 2:47
Acts 2:47
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved

But not to a local congregation where you may have been baptized

Once a person is saved and added to the spiritual church that Jesus built,
that person will then join a local congregation

Consider the example of Paul
Paul was a member of the spiritual church that Jesus built
and he wanted to join the disciples at Jerusalem

Acts 9:26
Acts 9:26
And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple

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