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. — John 3:16
The Plan of Salvation
Jesus died and rose again to pay for the sins of mankind.
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;” – I Corinthians 15:4
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23
The penalty for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
Confession of sin and trusting in Christ leads to Salvation.
“That if thou shall 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10
The members of Berean Chapel are people, who have come to understand through the Word and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (1) our natural tendency to think and behave sinfully; (2) the eternal penalty of death we deserve because of it; and (3) the freedom from both available to all who by faith trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Process for Restoration
Throughout the Bible, there are examples of people who even though they had a relationship with God/Christ, there were times they failed miserably. Peter promised to defend the Lord then just a few hours later, publicly denied ever knowing Him; King David, who in his youth, God used to defeat the Philistine warrior Goliath, later committed fornication, adultery and murder. So, what can we do when we cross the line?
King David’s Psalm 51 gives us the answer:
Acknowledge sin (regardless of the sins we commit, they are all sins against God)
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapened in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Invite the Lord to cleanse our heart (mind, emotions, and will)
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Desire to be in his presence
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Worship the Lord and use our experience to guide others to freedom in Christ
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit;
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Never forget the process for staying close to the Lord
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.