Oxford Hills Church of Christ, 140 Paris Hill Rd. P.O. Box 107, South Paris, ME 04281

The short paragraphs below only give a thumbnail sketch of what is revealed about Jesus and salvation. If you notice differences between what you believe and what is said here, or anywhere on our website, We hope that you would look at this as an opportunity for constructive dialogue. If you are questioning whether Jesus really is the Son of God, and the Savior, We would strongly urge you to begin with the gospels and the book of Acts, and let the Bible speak for itself. If we can be of help please

The Gospel

Everyone who was ever saved in the past, is saved now, or will be saved in the future, is saved by God's Only Begotten Son dying on the cross for us. God had this plan of salvation in mind from the beginning of time. Our salvation is based on what God has accomplished for us, not on what we accomplish for God. During the times before Christ came, God was revealing Himself through history and predicting the Savior to come. The truthfulness of the good news is established by means of God's continued prophesies before Jesus came, in addition to the eyewitness testimonies about Jesus' life, death, burial and resurrection. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is evidence that He was telling the truth about His being the source of life. (Check it out: see scriptures on the gospel printed out on screen.)

Faith in Jesus

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Our salvation is dependent upon our believing in Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, Who died for our sins and rose from the grave on the third day. Everything else that God intends for us to do in response to the gospel (the good news of salvation) and how we live our lives in Christ afterwards depends on a continuing and growing faith in Christ. (Check it out: see scriptures on faith printed out on screen.)
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The New Testament word for "repentance" literally means a change of mind. We can change our minds about particular sins that we commit, even if we don't believe in Jesus. A person may stop getting drunk or lying because he sees the pain it causes his friends and family without any regard to his relationship to God. This is a good thing in itself, but the repentance that God is looking for is more than that. God wants us to change our minds about the direction of our lives. Instead of serving ourselves, we change our minds and decide to follow Jesus as our Lord. It does involve turning away from individual sins to be sure, but it also involves a determination to learn from and follow Christ. (Check it out: see scriptures on repentance)
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Confession of Faith

If we believe in Jesus and have changed our minds about the direction of our lives and want to live for Jesus, we must also be willing to admit to our faith in Him. It is not like God has established a quota for how many times we should tell others about Jesus. We should be happy about our relationship with Him. We shouldn't be "shoving Him in the closet whenever company comes." We are expected to be able to give an account for the hope that is in us to whoever asks. (Check it out: see scriptures on confession)
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A repentant believer confesses his faith in Jesus and is immersed in water, re-enacting a death burial and resurrection. This is God's way for us to say "yes" to His gift of salvation. We are "buried with Christ in baptism and raised with Him by faith in the working of God." We are putting to death the old life and beginning a new life in Christ. It is how we "have our sins washed away calling on the name of the Lord." (Check it out: see scriptures on baptism)
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Continued Walk in Faith

The faith that led us to repentance and baptism needs to continue and grow for the rest of our lives. Unless we continue to abide in Christ we can do nothing. We have been born again into God's family. God wants us to learn to love one another and encourage one another as members of His family. Part of our loving and serving Christ is fulfilled in loving and serving one another. (Check it out: see scriptures on walking in faith)
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