God Loves You
The God that created you has always wanted to have a relationship with you. No one is perfect. We all have issues, problems and mistakes that we make. These things are called “sin.” Sin is an archery term for missing the target. When we “miss the target” in our life, these sins are what prevent us from having a relationship with God.
Jesus is the Son of God. He came to earth, died on a cross, and was raised from the dead to rescue you from sin, set you free, and bring you into eternal relationship with God. Jesus died so that all of us could be saved from an eternity of consequences based on our sins. He loves you right where you are, but he wants to meet you, save you, and help you in your life’s journey.
Salvation is not only a matter of life after death, but also the way to live the life God has destined you to live on this side of eternity.
What is Salvation?
Depending on your family background or religious tradition, you may have heard a variety of ideas about salvation.
Perhaps you think it’s what happens when you walk an aisle, pray a prayer or get baptized. Maybe you believe salvation is only for “good people,” or that salvation is something you have to earn with good works or something you can lose if you do bad things.
According to Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 10:9, when we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God has given us His grace and love through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross; we are saved.
How am I Saved?
Jesus saves you when you repent and trust in Jesus’ forgiveness for your sins. Your salvation is God’s gift to you. It is not earned by anything you do.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). Prayer is a way to communicate our belief to God and to ask for his forgiveness.
When is a Person Saved?
God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son into the world so that when we believe, we are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are saved when we believe and receive the truth of the Gospel.
Can I lose my Salvation?
You didn’t earn your salvation, so you can’t lose your salvation. If you have put your trust in Jesus and the Holy Spirit is working in your heart, God promises that nothing and no one can separate you from Him. (John 10:27; Romans 8:38-39.)
Who can be Saved?
Salvation is for all people. No one’s sin is greater than God’s grace. Jesus’ desire is for everyone to be saved. (2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16).
How do I know I’m Saved?
Jesus gives every believer the Holy Spirit, which gives us a desire to live for God and the ability to hear, recognize and respond to God’s voice.
To love God, to want to trust and follow Him, to enjoy His presence, to hear God’s voice in Scripture, and to feel conviction of sin and the need for repentance are all common experiences of those who are saved (John 10:3-5).
Do You Want To Meet Jesus?
You might have felt unworthy of salvation because of your past. Maybe you have thought that good works and following rules saved you. Maybe you thought you were saved because you were baptized or prayed a prayer, without experiencing a change of heart.
The good news is that Jesus is calling you to trust and believe that he has done all the work. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection means we are forgiven and set free to live an abundant life with God here on earth and in eternity.
If you are ready to believe and receive God’s gift of salvation, simply talk to God and commit your life Him:
“Jesus, I admit that I’ve fallen short. I’ve sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that You lived, died and rose again so that I could be connected to God. I confess you as my Lord and commit my life to You. I give you my past, present and future. Take my life and use it. I give it to You. Amen.”
If you prayed to meet Jesus, please let us know. As a church, we are here to help you take this journey with God. If you have any questions, we want to help you take a next step. We’d also love to meet you this weekend.
If you’re still not sure what your next step is, let us help you.