Salvation is something that we believe is of utmost importance for all, and it is the main thing we emphasize above all else when speaking to others about the Christian faith. Here we will be further explaining what is found in Section 10 of our Statement of Faith.
“… Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30
There is no set amount of works that you can do to save yourself or to justify yourself in the eyes of God. The only thing that you can do is receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, but how do you do that?
I: Admit that you are lost
The first step to getting saved is admitting that you are lost, coming to terms with the fact that you are not saved, and that you are in need of Salvation.
Romans 3:10 says, “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.”
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” There is a perfect standard by which all of humanity is judged, and because we are imperfect due to sin we are unable to reach this standard by ourselves.
II: Understand that there is nothing that you can do to save yourself
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Salvation is a gift from God, and as such salvation cannot be earned. It is given by the grace of God, grace meaning that there is absolutely nothing we can do to be deserving of it, but God still offers the gift of salvation to us anyway.
III: Know that Jesus Christ died for your sins
Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Corinthians 15:3 says, “For I have delievered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,”
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God loved you enough to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for your sins, to offer His body as a sacrifice and His blood as the full payment for your sins, so you do not have to die in your sins.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
IV: Know that Jesus Christ rose on the third day
1 Corinthians 15:4 says, “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
The story does not just end at the cross. Jesus Christ rose from the grave, triumphant over sin, death, the grave, and the devil.
1 Corinthains 15:55-57 says, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law: but thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you now have the means and opportunity to receive Him as your Saviour, to save your from the ultimate penalty of sin!
V: Receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour
John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Salvation is a gift given by grace, received through faith.
Receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour today, turning from your sin-filled path to hell and destruction, to His arms for salvation and an eternal home in heaven that cannot be taken away!
If you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, pray a prayer similar to this:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am lost. I cannot save myself. I believe You came down and died on the cross for my sins, were buried, and rose again the third day, and am ready to receive You as my Saviour. Right here and now, I ask that You come into my heart and save me.