How to Be Saved
- God Loves You.
God loves you and wants you to know Him so He can fill you with peace and give you real life — forever. “God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His only son, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal life and never die.” Jesus said, “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.”
Since God planned for us to have peace and life, why are we so far from God?
- We are Separated from God.
Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
“All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s holiness.” Sin is choosing to say or do or think things that are against God’s plan. “The result of unforgiven sin is death. But God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
There is only one way to reach God.
- Jesus Christ Died for our Sins
Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is the only One who can bring us back to God. Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
“There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only One who can bring us to God.” “Christ died once for our sins. An innocent person died for those who are guilty. Christ did this to bring you to God.”
God has provided the only way – we must make the choice.
- We Must Receive Christ.
We must trust Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and receive Him as our Savior and serve Him as our Lord. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed on His name.”
Would you like to give your life over to Jesus Christ right now? If so, you can pray the following prayer of salvation and accept Jesus as your Savior:
Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I believe You are the only way to God. I make the decision today to surrender every area of my life to You. I want to stop disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You. Jesus, come into my heart. I give you my life. I thank you for saving me. Amen.
Did you pray this prayer and ask Jesus into your life?
Saved! Now What?
Well, welcome to God’s family! You have made the most important decision of your life, choosing to follow Jesus. As a new believer, you can expect to have new attitudes and desires. You may need to replace some old habits and patterns with new activities that will help you to grow your new life in Christ. Growth takes time, but it begins—right now—where you are.
Here is what you need to know in order to get off on the right foot.
Read the Bible
The Bible will tell you everything you need to know in order to grow in your spiritual life. Because God speaks through His Word, you will get to know Him better and learn what pleases Him. As you obey His Word, you will grow strong and begin to see positive changes in your life. Start with the New Testament. I recommend the book of Mark or the book of John to start with.
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have as a child of God. Just think, the God of all creation wants to hear from you! You can call on the Lord any hour of the day or night and He will listen. It doesn’t matter to God if your prayers are eloquent or flowery—it matters only that you pray with a pure and sincere heart. Just start talking to Him.
Find a Church to Attend
Church plays a vital role in your spiritual growth. Fellowship with other Christians will keep you spiritually active and give you much-needed encouragement and support. Church provides you with instruction from God’s Word and gives you the training and opportunity to use your God-given gifts and abilities. It gives you a place to meet other Christians and develop godly relationships. If you are in Fort Worth visit Trinity Vineyard Fellowship.
Start Living for God
A sure sign of a changed heart is the desire to live for God. What does this mean? It means that you want to please God and to obey Him as best you know how. You will begin to filter your thoughts and actions through God’s Word in order to become more like Jesus.
Share Your Faith
Good news is hard to keep to yourself! God wants you to share your newfound faith with others. You don’t have to wait until you’re an expert in the Bible to tell others about Jesus. You can share what you know—your own story of what Jesus has done for you. Read more from Greg Laurie at Harvest about how to share the gospel
Don’t Get Sidetracked
Being a Christian is not always easy. There will be times when you’ll feel pressured to back down or give in. When you became a child of God, you also became an enemy of the devil; and he will try to tempt you into disobeying God. It isn’t a sin to be tempted—even Jesus experienced temptation (see Luke 4:1–3)—but giving in to the temptation is sin. Christians will experience times of testing and trials, but God promises to be with us and give us the strength we need to get through hard times.
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