“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
Do you know that you have a divine purpose? Your chief purpose is to know God personally so you can enjoy Him forever. God created you and loves you very much. (Genesis 1:1) He gave you life and deserves your gratitude and love. Begin your journey to know God by considering the following steps for the “ABC's of Salvation.”
Admit that you have done wrong things called sin. Sin is any thought or action that is contrary to God's perfect standard, causing us to be separated from God. We all have chosen to disobey Him. (Romans 3:23) Whether we think our sins have been large or small does not matter. Either way, we are guilty before God.
God is perfect, completely good, always right and fair. He cannot tolerate sin nor simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) This means that the fair payment for our rebellion against God is suffering forever away from God, away from all good, in everlasting punishment. You need to be saved from the penalty for your sin, but you can never do enough in your own strength to save yourself. Your good deeds are not enough to get you to heaven. (Isaiah 64:6
Although you have sinned, God never stopped loving you. God, in His mercy, made a way for you to be saved and live with Him forever. (John 10:10) Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect sinless life, was crucified in our place, voluntarily receiving the punishment that we deserved. (Romans 5:8) Jesus did not, however, remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.
Jesus chose to pay your death penalty because He loves you. (John 3:16) The Bible says you need to believe (trust) on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 16:31) You can be saved by believing in Him and asking for forgiveness from your sins. If you are willing to repent of your sin, He is waiting to forgive you. (I John 1:9; Acts 3:19) The word “repent” literally means “to turn away from.” It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, if you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He will not reject you. God forgives your sins and gives you everlasting life in heaven with Him. (Romans 6:23b)
Each person must make a choice. Now it's your turn. You must choose. Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior from sin's punishment? If you have not trusted Christ as Savior, do so now. Will you receive His forgiveness for your sins? Stop and think. Be sure that you are not just pleasing someone (family or friend). You should decide because you are convinced that you need to be saved from your sin, and that only Jesus Christ can save you. When you are ready to trust Jesus as your Savior, you can simply talk to God (pray) saying something like this:
“Jesus, I admit that I have sinned. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, so I am relying totally and only on You. I choose you, Jesus, as my Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me unconditionally and giving me the faith to trust You as Savior and Lord. I am free because my sins are forgiven. Thank you for rising again so that I can know that I have everlasting life in heaven with You. Show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You.”
If you have prayed this, YOU ARE SAVED! (Romans 10:13) You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, innocent in the eyes of God. You now have God's Spirit to help you. (Romans 8:9-17; 26-27) Welcome to the family of God!
It is important for you to start to grow in your relationship with God. Just like any relationship, you need to spend time with Him to know Him well. The way to know God is through the Bible. It’s also important to find a church you can attend where the Bible is taught. This will allow you to talk with a pastor and other Christians who will help answer your questions and who can encourage you. Please contact us and let us know about your new decision so we can rejoice with you and give you some resources to help you start this new life in Christ Jesus. If you want to talk more about trusting Jesus, please let us know as well.
This Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ is called the gospel (which simply means "good news").
“By this gospel you are saved...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried (died), that he was raised on the third day according to the Scripture (fulfilled prophecy), and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time...then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me (Paul)...Christ has indeed been raised from the dead...for since death came through a man (Adam), the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man (Jesus Christ). For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (I Corinthians 15)
The following acrostic may help you remember this Good News.
G – God made us for fellowship with Him. (Gen. 1:26)
O – Our sin gets in the way. (Rom. 3:23)
S – Sin can’t be gotten rid of by anything WE do. (Titus 3:5)
P – Paying the price for our sin, Jesus died on the cross and resurrected. (1 Cor. 15)
E – Everyone who puts their trust in Him will be saved. (1 John 5:11-13)
L – Life with Jesus starts when you choose Him as Lord and Savior and lasts forever. (Rev. 3:20)