Salvation

Salvation Through Christ is: A Matter of FAITH

What do you think it takes for someone to get to heaven? Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more? The Bible has the real answer to this question. It's a matter of FAITH.

F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God's forgiveness. We all need the forgiveness that God offers because we have all sinned. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." We can have forgiveness for our sins as Ephesians 1:7a says, "In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins."

A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." But forgiveness is not automatic. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven," says Matthew 7:21a.

I is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven because of who He is and because of who we are. God wants to make it possible for you to enter heaven through your faith in His grace. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9. "For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.

T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We can repent - or turn - from our sin and from ourselves. "But unless you repent, you too will all perish," Luke 13:3b says. We can also turn to Someone. Trust Christ alone. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. "Romans 10:9 tells us how: "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here, that means life "to the full:" "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b)." In the hereafter, it means the promise of heaven: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3)."

So how can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.

You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don't need fancy words - only an honest heart.

Agree with God that you are a sinner and confess your sins to Him by calling them what they are: idolatry, adultery, murder, immorality, etc. Ask Him to forgive you through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus. Repent, turn away from your sin and the ways that have caused you to sin. Publicly confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, follow Him in baptism and be His disciple.

Accepting Christ is just the beginning of your life walk with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:

  • Follow Christ's example in baptism.
  • Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
  • In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
  • Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.

We’d love to hear from you - Please feel free to ask us any questions you have about becoming a Christian, or tell us about your decision to follow Jesus Christ. Please let us know how we can serve you at ebcrusk@gmail.com .

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