We have all sinned (or we have done things that are disobedient toward God). Because of sin, we are separated from God. The GREAT news is that God has made a way for us to reconnect with Him. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place so that we could live forever with Him in Heaven someday. Salvation is God’s FREE gift to us. We can’t do anything to earn it and we can’t be good enough to deserve it. But in order to enjoy the FREE gift, we must accept it. Below, you’ll see what the Bible says we must do to accept God’s gift of Salvation.
1. HEAR GOD’S WORD (The Bible)
ROMANS 10:17: “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
If we are going to accept God’s gift of Salvation, we have to HEAR about what He has done. If you’ve been to church, you’ve probably heard about how Jesus came to save us from our sins. Reading a Bible is also a great place to hear of what God has done for you!
- 2. BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS GOD’S SON
HEBREWS 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
It’s not enough to just hear about God and Jesus. We must believe that He is who He says He is and that everything God says in His Word (the Bible) is true.
- 3. REPENT (Turn Away) FROM OUR SINS
LUKE 13:3b “… unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
To repent means to turn away from our sin and turn to God and what is right and good. We can’t get where we want to go if we’re headed down the wrong road. Repentance means turning toward God and turning away from our disobedience.
- 4. CONFESS OUR SINS TO GOD
I JOHN 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
We must confess to God that we know we have sinned and that we are sorry for it before He will forgive us of those sins and make us clean.
MARK 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Being baptized (going under the water of baptism) shows that we want to be finished with our sinful life and that we want a new life in Christ – one that is washed clean. There’s nothing magical in the water, but our obedience to God’s command is necessary. Just as Jesus arose from the grave, we too can rise to live a new life in Him.
II PETER 3:18a “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Once we reach this step, we’re not finished. In fact, we’re only getting started! We will want to do things that will help us grow closer to God and Jesus. When we pray, read the Bible, worship, serve others, etc…we are growing as Christians. No matter how old we are or how young we are, we must keep growing in Christ.
The decision to become a Christian is the most important decision you can ever make –because giving your heart and life to Jesus Christ is something that will last even when your life is over. It means you will spend forever with God in Heaven. If you have questions or need help understanding what you’ve read, we’d love to talk with you about it.