Salvation is all about Jesus.
Until you have been saved by Jesus, you are the walking dead. Trapped in your sins. Spiritually dead. Separated from God. Salvation is God’s rescue plan to save sinners.
Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, and was raised to life to rescue sinners from God's wrath, give you life by the power of the Holy Spirit, and bring you into eternal relationship with God the Father. Salvation is not only a matter of life after death, but also the way to live an abundant and changed life on earth with Jesus, here and now.
When you are saved, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you!
Saved from God, by God, for God.
(God saved me from his wrath. God saved me through Christ. God saved me to live for him.)
The penalty for sin is eternal separation from God in hell. Since everyone is a sinner, all people deserve to be separated from God for an eternity. To be saved means that an individual is rescued from God's wrath. God, by his grace and love, chooses to rescue sinners and reconcile them to himself and secure them for eternity by the seal of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:1-10)
Jesus saves you when you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus' for eternal life. Your salvation is God's gift to you. It is not earned by anything you do. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son into the world so that when we believe, we are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are saved when we believe and receive the truth of the Gospel. You don’t need to be able to remember the time or place of that decision to know you’re saved.
Do you genuinely love Jesus? Are you convicted of sin because you know that it doesn't please God? Do you have a desire to obey Jesus and follow him? If you answered yes to those question then you have the Holy Spirit inside of you. Jesus gives every believer the Holy Spirit, who gives us a desire to live for God and the ability to hear, recognize and respond to God’s voice.
To love God, to want to trust and follow Him, to enjoy His presence, to hear God’s voice in Scripture, and to feel conviction of sin and the need for repentance are all common experiences of those who are saved. (Romans 5:5)
Do you want to be saved?
Perhaps you’ve felt unworthy of salvation because of your past. Perhaps you’ve thought good works and keeping rules saved you. Maybe you thought you were saved because you were baptized or prayed a prayer, without experiencing a change of heart.
The good news is that Jesus is calling you to trust and believe that he has done all the work. Jesus' death, burial and resurrection means we can be forgiven and set free to live an abundant life with God here on earth and in eternity.
If you are ready to believe and receive God's gift of salvation, simply talk to God and commit your life Him. You can say a prayer that is similar to the one below, but it should be in your own words. Simply confess your sins, and state your need for him.
"Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I’ve fallen short. I’ve sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that You lived, died and rose again so that I could be connected to God. I confess you as my Lord and commit my life to You. I give you my past, present and future. Take my life and use it. I give it to You. Amen."
If you prayed to meet Jesus, please let us know! If you have any questions, we want to help you take a next step. Stop by a our church this Sunday.