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Salvation in Christ


The Bible explains man’s need and God’s provision for salvation in many places. One concise presentation of the plan of salvation comes through 6 verses in the Book of Romans, which we call: The Romans Road

1. We all have sinned and are unworthy of God’s love.

Romans 3:23

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

None of us are perfect. Most would readily admit it. Sin is more than making mistakes, but disobeying God’s Word through our daily actions. Genuine conviction leads us to realize our disobedience to God, admit our sin before God, and abandon any pride we can be saved through good works or being “good persons”. God is holy and perfect. If we are to be with Him, then we must realize there is something wrong with us that only God can fix.

2. The penalty of sin is hell, but there is hope and eternal life in Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin separates us from God, and hell represents eternal separation. If we admit we are sinners, then we know we deserve hell. God’s desire for sinful people is that we would find salvation in Jesus Christ, rather than eternity in hell without Him. We don’t deserve it, but God sent Jesus into this world to fix what is wrong with us through the cross.

3. God loves us and sent His Son Jesus to die for us.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us. His love is so great that God loved us when we were unlovable and lost in sin. While we were still sinners with no hope of saving ourselves, God sent His Son Jesus to die for us. Love is easy when people are lovable, but the God of the universe is so great that He loves people when they are hopeless. There is a wonderful reason why: in Jesus Christ, God can take hopeless people like you and I and turn us into His children of God. It doesn’t matter what you have done or how many times you have failed. God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ is powerful enough to cleanse it all.

4. Anyone can become a Christian, if they are willing to make Jesus their Lord.

Romans 10:13

…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Lord is a Biblical word we meaning “master” or “boss”. If we make Jesus our Lord, we commit to obey Him in every area of our life, rather than living to please ourselves and our sinful nature. When we realize who God is and what He has done for us in Jesus, we should commit to following Jesus Christ and His Word.

5. Confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and we will be saved.

Romans 10:9

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. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Becoming a Christian is not a secret inner decision, but one we proclaim to the world. Confession means saying it out loud. Our commitment is external so others might also commit their lives to Christ. Confessing Jesus as our Lord means committing to serve Him for life. We must also believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, because the resurrection of Christ is the power of God working to enable sinners to follow Christ.

6. Once we are Christians, God never stops working in us to fulfill His Kingdom purposes.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Once anyone receives God’s gift of forgiveness and the Lordship of Christ to guide us, what do we do next? The Bible teaches that all believers are called to 4 foundational acts of obedience to Christ:

1. Baptism through immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41).

2. Active involvement in a Bible-believing New Testament church (Acts 2:47).

3. Commitment to daily prayer and study of the Bible (Acts 2:42).

4. Proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to others (Acts 4:33).

Is God Speaking To You?

Whatever circumstances brought you to this page, praise God for how He has worked through them. If you recognize your sinfulness before God, what Jesus did for you on the cross, and are ready to make Jesus the Lord of your life, it is time to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Prayers don’t save people, but our surrender to God does. The prayer below is worded to confess our sinful condition, state our belief in Christ’s death on the cross and physical resurrection, and commit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. These words are just words unless we mean them. If we do mean them, God will hear us, forgive us, save us, and lead us into His purpose for our life.

The Sinner’s Prayer

Father, I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for my sins, and You raised Him from the grave on the third day for my salvation. I ask You to come into my life, forgive my sins, and lead my life. I want to follow and serve You from this day forward. Thank You for saving me and adopting me into Your family. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer and meant it, God heard you. He saved you, as only He can. Now it is time to start living for Christ. Call us at 618-656-4100 or come by Calvary Baptist Church. We want to hear about your decision for Christ, give you a Bible and some other materials to equip you to follow Christ. We are eager to talk with you about church membership and answer any questions you might have.

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