"And the Lord added to the church daily..."
In the salvation of man's soul there are 2 necessary parts: God's part and man's part. God's part is the big part, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift if God; not of works, that no man should glory" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The love which God felt for man led Him to send Christ into the world to redeem man. The life and teaching of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming of the gospel to men constitute God's part in salvation.
Though God's part is the big part, man's part is also necessary if man is to reach heaven. Man must comply with the conditions of pardon which the Lord has announced. Man's part can clearly set forth in the following steps:
hEAR THE GOSPEL
"How shall they call on Him whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14).
"And without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing unto Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that seek after Him" (Hebrews 11:6).
Repent of past sins.
"The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now He commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent" (Acts 17:30). This will include the sin of worshipping in churches or religions NOT authorized by Christ and NOT found in the Bible.
Confess Jesus Christ As Lord
"Behold here is water; What doth hinder me to be baptized ? And Philip said, if thou believeth with all thy heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 8:36-37).
Be baptized for the remission of sins
"And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
Live a FAITHFUL Christian life.
"Ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). "... Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of Life." (Revelation 2:10)
COME TO CHRIST TODAY...Yes now
'Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'' (Acts 22:16. In the Bible people hear the Good News (Gospel) and obeyed right then. It was that serious. Beware of groups that tell you that you have to WAIT for a "baptism Sunday" or other occasion before you can be baptized...hint that is NOT the church of Christ.