The men and women who work and worship together at Steele are simply Christians - YOU CAN BE TOO! As illustrated in the animation to the right, we believe the Bible's message of sin, sacrifice and salvation. We do not believe that we have the exclusive rights to salvation. Rather, we rejoice in the knowledge that any and all who become disciples of Jesus Christ have access to His grace. So, we teach the gospel message, the good news...
- In order to be saved, one must HEAR the message of salvation contained in the Bible. Knowledge is gained by reading the Scriptures, being taught by others, and praying for wisdom (John 6:44,45).
- Hearing alone though, will not convert one to Jesus. If a person truly BELIEVES the message, they will begin to apply to their lives what they have learned from the sacred pages (Romans 10:8-17).
- When the believer realizes that the Bible has convicted him/her of sin, this should lead to a change in attitude and action that the Bible refers to as REPENTANCE (Luke 13:1-5). This literally involves making a 180° turn in our lives (Compare the conversion and preaching of Paul as recorded in Acts 26:12-20).
- As one becomes firm in their resolve to obey Christ, they will CONFESS their faith in Him (1 Timothy 6:12,13) and obey His command to be BAPTIZED for the remission of sins (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47,48). In this submissive act in which I allow myself to be immersed in water, it is God, not me, who is at work (please read Colossians 2:11,12).
- Redeemed through Christ's blood I am now a disciple of Jesus, a Christian (Acts 6:7; Acts 11:26). Though I have been purged from my past sins, this does not mean that I will cease sinning altogether. This is not an excuse to sin, but it is a reality. However, now that I have been cleansed by the blood of Christ, I can call on Him at any time in prayer and ask forgiveness - and, when I truly repent and confess my sins, He has promised to do just that (see 1 John 1:6-10).
- Having a new life in Christ, we are constantly striving to do away with the old habits of sin and live a life that brings glory to Christ (Colossians 3:8-11). We actively stop following the flesh and put effort into being led by and producing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25). We are not content unless we are growing and becoming more like Christ everyday (2 Peter 1:5-11). This we do in full assurance that He has prepared an eternal dwelling place for us (John 14:1-3). The death of our physical bodies will give way to resurrection and eternal life! (see 1 Cor. 15; 1 Thessalonians 4) Praise God for this wonderful hope!