Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABC’s of salvation.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.
Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)
Lord Jesus- I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe you died for my sins, and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from sin and ask You to come into my life as Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus Name – Amen.
Get to Know Jesus Better
Accepting Christ as your personal Savior is just the beginning of a wonderful Adventure with God! Get to know Him better by:
- Follow Christ’s example in Baptism.
- Joining a Church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
- Begin a daily personal worship experience with God through Prayer and Bible study.
- Get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
- Share your experience with others. As you grow in faith – let your service grow as well.
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