What is Salvation?

 

Salvation is the free gift of eternal life that is only made available through Jesus Christ.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

Living forever would not mean much without a great everlasting place to be. So, eternal life includes forever being in the presence of God in the place called Heaven. This Heaven is an amazing, real place where there will be no pain, suffering, death, or sin of

any kind.

Salvation also brings a serious change in the life you are now living on this earth. You can exchange a self-centered life for a God-centered life, with joy and understanding, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

 Why be Saved?

 

Heaven is not the only place that will exist eternally. There is also a real place known

as Hell. This is a terrible place of torment, which was prepared  for Satan and the angels which rebelled against God with him.

 

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

Hell is also the final destination of all those who choose not to put faith in God's gift of

salvation.  Not only do you have a better life to gain here on earth, but, there is also

Heaven to gain and Hell to avoid for eternity. The choice is yours!

 

How can I be Saved?

 

First, you must know your true condition, as you are, before God.

 

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

Sin, or iniquity, is the voluntary departure or violation of God's laws or commands. It

creates a barrier between God and man, because a Holy God will not allow sin in His

presence. This sin includes both thought and deed. It also includes both doing wrong,

as well as failing to do right.

 

The price of sin is death, both physical and spiritual. You are alone in this world. When you are separated from this life in death, you will also be separated from God in Hell.

 

Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;...

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Ezekiel 18:4b  ...the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

Because of your sin, you can not gain Heaven or save yourself.

 

Romans 3:20a Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:...

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

But, you can have the gift of God, by putting your faith and trust in what Jesus Christ

did by His sacrifice on the cross to pay your sin debt.

 

Romans 6:23b  ...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Your free salvation came with the ultimate cost paid by Jesus.

 

You may have that gift by your simple choice and prayer. Choose to repent, or turn from

your life of sin, but putting your trust and faith in Jesus to give you a new life and a

home in Heaven to come.

With that choice, just pray something like this:  Jesus, I know I have sinned and now

turn to you and trust your sacrifice to provide my eternal life. I believe you died for me

and I want to serve you from this day forward. In Jesus name, Amen

 

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

What's Next?

 

If you have chosen to put your trust in God for salvation, you are beginning a totally new adventure in life. There will be many challenges and rewards. The church family is here and anxious to support you on this journey. There is so much to discover!  This truly is the greatest choice in life!

Check out the 'I'm a new Christian' page for some quick guidance.

Please call or email, so we can help and encourage you.

If you're just not sure about something, or have questions, please contact us for help.

 

Pastor Lee Osborne

Church phone (813)986-7165

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cell (813)758-4873