How to be Saved

In this chaotic world, have you ever wondered if love is real? Is there hope? Can I find God? Learn about Jesus’ love for you!

God’s Love and Purpose

God loves you and desires that you have eternal life.

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

God wants us to live forever, but something separates us from God and keeps us from having eternal life.

What is causing the division?

Our Problem: Separation and Judgment

Sin separates us from God.

We were created with the ability to choose. However, we choose to disobey God and, instead, to continually sin.

but your iniquities have made a separation
    between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
    so that he does not hear.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Because of our sins, we cannot get into heaven.
God said only those with “clean hands and a pure heart” are able to get into heaven (Psalm 24:3-4). Sin makes our hands dirty and our hearts impure.  Therefore, we are not able to get into heaven.

For the wages of sin is death, . . .

Because of our sin, we deserve punishment.
God wants to forgive you, but he must also punish sin.

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

As you can see, in order to be forgiven, punishment must take place, and God provided for that.

What is God's provision for punishment?

God's Provision: Christ

God provides a way to satisfy both justice and his desire to forgive you.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Jesus took the punishment!

Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay the penalty of sin.

Jesus bridges the chasm separating us from God.

God provided the only way to be saved!

The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ. The good news is that this gift is offered to whomever will accept it.

This gift is given freely out of God’s love and grace.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

. . . but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We cannot earn this gift. We don’t deserve it.
However, we can have it if we accept it.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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.

How do you accept God’s gift?

Our Response: Repent and Believe

You can be forgiven and be saved if you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus as your savior.

God promises that whoever confesses and believes in Jesus will be saved.

How to receive Christ:

Admit Your Sins

You must first repent of your sins. This means turning away from them and asking God to forgive you.

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

Believe & Confess

You must believe Jesus is God the Son who paid for your sins. You must also confess that he rose from the dead.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Call on Jesus

Through prayer, invite Jesus to come in and change your life through the Holy Spirit. Invite him to save you. If you sincerely prayed and received Jesus into your life, God has done something wonderful for you!

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

What should you do now?

What Now: Find a Church

If you accepted Christ as your savior, the next step is to find a local, Bible-preaching church in your area.
You can search online or you can ask to go to church with a friend or family member.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

God bless you as you continue to know, show, and share the gospel of Jesus!