More Than a Welfare Agency
For many years, people have had the misconception that The Salvation Army is just a social service agency that also helps out in emergency disaster situations.
We are much more than that!
The Salvation Army is part of the Christian Church based on the theory:
"Heart to God, Hand to Man"
The Salvation Army preaches that the teachings of the Bible are fundamental - dealing with the Creation and the Fall of Humankind; and that our rebirth and salvation come through faith, Christ's sacrifice and the Divine grace enabling us to grow in righteousness through the power of God.
The Salvation Army Mission Statement
The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is an international religious and charitable movement organized and operated on a quasi military pattern and a branch of the Christian Church. Its membership includes officers (clergy), soldiers/adherents (laity), members of varied activity groups and volunteers who serve as advisors, associates and committed participants in its service functions.
The motivation of The Salvation Army is love of God and a practical concern for the needs of humanity. This is expressed by a spiritual ministry, the purpose of which are to preach the Gospel, disseminate Christians truths, supply basic human necessities, provide personal counseling and undertake the spiritual and moral regeneration and physical rehabilitation of all persons in need who come within its sphere of influence regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age.
THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE is from the God of love and is FREE to us...! "God has given us eternal life and this life has its source in his Son." (I John 5:11)
HOW DO WE RECEIVE THIS GIFT?
1. CONFESSING - I, too, am a sinner-separated from God. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23).
2. BELIEVING - Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to restore the relationship between God and man..."I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh to the Father but by me." (John 14:6).
This must be an honest confession from the heart to God.
"God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5-8).
3. RECEIVING - Jesus Christ as your personal Savior..."But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God even to those who believe in His name." (John 1:12).
"Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him."(Rev.3:20).
THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE BECAUSE Christ DIED for our sins...He was BURIED, He was RAISED on the third day...He APPEARED to Peter , then to the 12...after that He appeared to more than 500...
(1 Cor 15:3-6
Through prayer and talking with God you can receive Christ now!
Now, the word of the prayer are not as important as the attitude of the heart. Here is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
Does this express the desire of your heart?
If it does, pray this prayer and Christ will come in as He promised in Revelation 3:20.
"Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone listens to My voice and opens the door I shall come in..."
Be sure to look up your local Salvation Army Chapels and Corps Community Centers that offers programs to assist in your spiritual growth and development through the following programs:
- Sunday School (for all ages)
- Morning & Evening Worship Services
- Bible Studies
- Children's Programs (6 yrs. & up)
- Women's Ministries
- Men's Fellowship
- Beginning Brass Band
- Senior Brass Band
- Songsters (Vocal Choirs)
- Senior Citizen Programs
- Community Care Ministries (Hospital and Rest Home Visitation)