Barnstaple Baptist Church

Connecting people to Jesus Christ


We’ve mentioned Salvation on other pages from this menu.  Now we’ll do our best to explain what we mean by it.  Let’s start by admitting that it’s more easily understood when experienced.

Probably, most people begin with an awareness of things not being right in their lives.  They may be struggling with a practical or moral issue which they cannot master. 

Somewhere along this path they may become aware of a need for help.  Some get an inner sense of being led or followed.....even pursued as in Francis Thompson’s poem, The Hound of Heaven:

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind;
And in the mist of tears I hid from Him,
And under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped; And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.

We understand this to be the Holy Spirit doing His utmost to make us realise our need for God.  He wants to convict us of sin in our lives and show us that sin obstructs our relationship with God.

We need to reach the point where we understand that God loves us and that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to came to earth and be crucified taking our sins to the cross with Him (see John 3:16). 

Then salvation requires that we go the further step of confessing our sin and asking God to forgive us, in the name of Jesus.  According to the Bible promise: If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just & will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NLT

That forgiveness births us into the New Life in His Holy Spirit who helps us live for Him.  This same Holy Spirit will also convince our hearts of our new walk with God.

This is the Getting On Board process with Jesus Christ.  It is becoming a Christian.