Salvation

How to Become a Christian
The message of the Bible is God's love for you. The only way to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to accept His offer of forgiveness and everlasting life. The following Scripture passages show God's part and yours. Read each verse and believe it, for it is the Word of God speaking to you.

God's Love is Revealed
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

God loves you and all of mankind. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. He offers you not only an abundant life here and now, but a life which is eternal!

Man is Sinful
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

The saying, "Well, we are just human - nobody is perfect," is actually Biblically sound. When we acknowledge this truth, we can see our separation from God, for He is holy.

Sin has a Penalty
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

To continue in sin will result in spiritual death, which is separation from God forever. The alternative is to personally receive God's free gift, which is pardon for sin and provision of life everlasting.

Christ Paid the Penalty
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

You may think you must lead a "good" life and do charitable acts before God will love you. You may think that you must clean up your own life in order to be acceptable to God. This is not so. God loves you even in your sin. He sent Christ to die in your place and to pay the penalty for your sin so that you can be reconciled to Him.

Salvation is a Free Gift
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9

Grace means undeserved favor. God graciously offers to you what you could never do for yourself. God's gift to you is free. You do not, and cannot, work for a gift. All you need to do is receive it. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you to provide deliverance from your sins.

 

We Must Receive Christ
"But as many as received (Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." John 1:12

When you receive Christ - when you accept what He has done for you - you become a child of God. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your life. Invite Him in. He is waiting to be received into your life.

Receive Christ Now
You can invite Jesus Christ into your life right now by praying to God something like the following.

Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I need Your forgiveness. I believe that Christ died in my place to pay the penalty for my sin and that He rose from the dead. I now invite you, Jesus Christ, to come into my life to be my Savior. Thank you for making me Your child. Help me to discover You in every part of my life. "For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

 

After Receiving Christ

When you have placed your faith and trust solely in Christ, one thing remains in your obedience to the Scriptures. In the early church, new converts to Christ were baptized immediately as a public profession of their faith and added to the church.


“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41


“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12

 

“for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:27

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