Fellowship Baptist Church
Monday, June 26, 2017
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Salvation

 

There is no greater decision a person can make than the choice to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.  God wants you to know the TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION according to His Word, the Bible.
 
 

 
The first truth you must understand The Truth About You.
 

The greatest need we have is to be FORGIVEN.  That does not mean we need forgiveness from other people.  But, rather, we need to be forgiven by God.
 

Why?  Because every man, woman, and child has sinned. It is common to all mankind.
 

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23
 

 
When we understand that we have sinned,  separating ourselves from God, and need His forgiveness, we have taken the first step toward being saved.
 
 
Can you think of times when your actions displeased God?  We all can and therefore find ourselves in need of being forgiven.
 

The second truth you must understand is The Truth About God.
 
God is a holy God.  That means that God is perfect, without any sin, and cannot allow sin into His presence.
     
 
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.”  “Who was, and is, and is to come.”
 

Revelation 4:8
 
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? 
 
Or who may stand in His holy place?”
 
“He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” 
 
"Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.”
 

Psalm 24:3-4
 
 
That seems like bad news for all mankind because no one can claim completely clean hands or a completely pure heart.  But there is good news because while God cannot look upon sin, God loves all mankind.
 
 
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever
 
believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
 
John 3:16
 

 

Not only does God love us, but He desires that all people be saved and have a relationship with Him.  
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
 
 
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should  

perish but that all should come to repentance.”
 
2 Peter 3:9
 

That is why God the Father sent God the Son, Jesus the Christ, as a sacrifice for our sin.
 

 
“But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were  
yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
Romans 5:8
 
 
Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for you.  He was your sacrifice because no man can ever be good enough to merit salvation.  All who sin deserve death and eternal separation from God.  Jesus sacrifice was appropriate and sufficient because He was perfect, that is without sin.  Then on the third day, He arose from the grave and death in victory.  When He did, it validated or made true everything that He claimed.  He truly is the only Lord and Savior.
 
 
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and he was buried,
 
 
and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
 

Would you be willing to allow God to do something for you that you cannot do yourself?
 

 
The third and final truth is The Truth About the Gift.  

                There is a way for you to receive this salvation for it truly is a gift.
 

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is  
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  
Romans 6:23
 
 
As with all gifts, you must simply receive it.  You might ask “how do I receive it.”  You must reach out and take it.
 

First reach out with the hand of repentance.  The word “repent” means to make a “u-turn” in your life.  It is a change of heart and mind that commits to following God’s way rather than one’s own way.  It is also a genuine sorrow because of one’s sin.  It is a choice to make Jesus Lord over your life.
 
 
 
“Unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:3
 

Second, reach out with the hand of faith.  That is trusting in Jesus Christ, His death, and His resurrection as complete payment for your sin.  It is also trusting in Him alone, not in your own merit, for the forgiveness of your sin and the salvation of your soul.  That is, make Him your personal Savior.
 
 

“I f you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in
 
 
Your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

1 Corinthians 10:9
 

Would you be willing to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  If so, will you pray and ask Him?  There are no magical words for God looks on the heart.  If, in faith, you will pray and ask Him, Jesus will save you.  Then you can know for certain you have a relationship with Him and will spend eternity with Him in heaven.
 
Simply pray something like this:  

 
Dear Jesus,
                I know that I have sinned and my sin separates me from you.  I ask you to forgive me of my sin and make me clean.  I turn away from my way of living life and commit myself to following you.  I believe that you died on the cross and rose again, and you did it for me.  I believe that you are the only way I can be saved and I ask you to save me right now.  Thank you Jesus for making me one of your children.  You are my Savior and Lord of my life.
 
Amen.
 

 
If you have trusted in Christ as your Savior while reading this presentation, please contact us at (276) 944-5832 or pastorchad@embarqmail.com .  We would love to know who you are so we can pray for you and help you in any way as you begin your new life with Christ.