The most important question deserving serious and sincere consideration is that of a person’s salvation.
A person is made right with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This message is called “the gospel” because it is the good news that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty of sin, and that all who repent of sin and turn to Jesus for forgiveness will be forgiven and made right with God.
Salvation means that a person is forgiven of sin by faith in Jesus Christ. This person is freed from the guilt and punishment of sin. He or she has been brought into a personal relationship with God as his child and will continue to follow Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit until they are taken home to heaven.
Several Bible verses give an outline of the basic understanding of salvation:
Ephesians 2:8-9 – Salvation is a gift of God.
Grace is the word that describes God’s gift. Grace means that salvation is a free gift to us. Salvation is free to us because Jesus paid for it with his life. We do not deserve salvation nor could we ever do anything to earn it. Salvation is a gift that is received by faith in Christ’s payment for our sins. It is not accomplished by our works.
Romans 3:23, 6:23 – Every person is a sinner and has sinned in thought, word and action.
Our status as a sinner separates us from God because he is sinless, perfect, and holy. Because of our sin, we are spiritually dead and separated from God. Our greatest need is for a Savior who will take away the guilt of our sin and make us right with God.
Romans 5:8 – Jesus Christ is our Savior.
God showed his great love for us by sending his Son, Jesus, to earth to die on a cross. Jesus took the punishment for our sins on himself. By bearing our punishment and dying our death, Jesus is our Savior.
Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-13 – The death of Christ removes the sins of those who believe in him.
To believe in Jesus is to repent of sin and turn to him for forgiveness. To believe in Jesus is also to confess him as Lord by calling on him for salvation.
John 3:16 – The one who believes in Jesus will not die the eternal death of separation from God but will be granted eternal life.
Eternal life begins the moment a person trusts Jesus. It is a life of love and fellowship with Jesus on earth and eternal life with him in heaven.
Have you become a Christian by believing in Jesus? Have you repented of sin and called on him to save you? Are you on the road of following him in this life? Please do not continue on in life without settling this most important issue. If your heart is stirred to become a Christian, consider the following prayer. If this prayer reflects your heart, say it to God right now.
“Dear God, thank you for the good news I have just read from the Bible. I know that I am a sinner and that I am separated from you. I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross. I repent of my sin to follow Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me, for giving me eternal life and for making me a new person as your child. Teach me what I need to know to live as a follower of Jesus. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer, please let a church leader know. It is important that you continue to grow as a Christian, and we would like to help you.