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Salvation

Salvation is God’s action of grace whereby people are delivered from their sinful nature into newness and fullness of life. It is something done for us by the will and work of God, through Jesus Christ. Salvation denotes a liberation or release from the effect of sin. It is not that we are removed to a safe place in existence where danger cannot overtake us, but rather that we find an unexpected and underserved power to stand fast and not be shaken in the midst of danger. Salvation occurs when human life is founded upon openness to God. Thus salvation is receiving God’s love, assurance, comfort, hope and protection.

According to Scripture, you need to 1.) realize that you are a sinner. If you do not realize you are a sinner, you will not recognize your need for a savior. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Next you must 2.) repent of your sins. Repent means to make an about face. It means you are willing to turn your back on sin to follow Jesus and to receive him as your Savior and Lord. Finally, to demonstrate true belief means to be willing to 3.) receive. To truly receive is to trust in and depend on Jesus Christ alone to be the Lord of our lives here and now and our Savior for all eternity. It takes trust in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. Those who realize they are sinners, repent of their sins, and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are “born again” (John 3:3)-not physically, but spiritually. The reality of our salvation is not dependent on our feelings but rather on the promise of the Savior who says: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Salvation crosses all denominational lines. No sect or religious movement of the Christian faith can claim a monopoly on salvation. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." - Romans 10:12-13 (NKJV).

 

The Sinner's Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I know that I have sinned against You, and that my sins separate me from You. I am truly sorry, I repent of my sins. I now want to turn away from my sinful past, and turn to You for forgiveness. Please forgive me of my sins, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that You (Jesus Christ), died on a cross for my sins, that You (Jesus) was raised from the dead by GOD the Father on the third day, is now alive, and now hears my prayer. I believe Your blood shed on the cross blots out my sins. I invite You, Jesus, to become my Savior and the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me obey You and to convict me when I sin. I pledge to grow in grace and knowledge of You. My greatest purpose in life is to follow Your example and do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

 

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