Central Bible Baptist Church
GOD'S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION
Becoming a Christian is the most incredible event that will ever take place in your life.
Are you aware that God became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, KJV), and that he died for the sins of the world?
Believe He suffered and died on the Cross and that He rose again on the third day
Come to the Savior because you have sinned - Repent and put your faith in Jesus
Did you know that there is a penalty for sin? That’s right, just as man demands punishment for crime, God demands a punishment for sin. The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death…” Rom. 6:23 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:14,15
God acquits us from the Courtroom of Eternal Justice on the grounds that Jesus Christ paid our fine. We are "justified" (made right with God) by His suffering death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was God's seal of approval of the fact that His precious blood was sufficient to pay the fine.
Think of it this way... You have violated the law and face a $50,000 fine. You tell the judge that you are truly sorry for your crime, but he answers, "So you should be -- you have broken the law! Now, can you pay this fine?" He can only acquit you if the fine is paid. If someone else pays your fine, then he can let you go, but he must have "grounds" on which to release you.
The reason we need a substitute (a savior) to pay our moral "fine," is because we have broken God's Law. To see how much we have transgressed this Law (the Ten Commandments), we will go through some of them -- Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever lusted after another person? If you answered "Yes" to these questions, you admit that you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart, and you have to face God on Judgment Day! If you have used His name in vain, then you are guilty of "blasphemy" -- you've substituted God's holy Name for a curse word. Perhaps you've hated someone, then the Bible says that you are a murderer. You have violated God's holy Law, and you're in BIG trouble. On Judgment Day, you will be found guilty and end up in Hell. That's why you need the Savior. Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent), and your faith must be in Jesus Christ alone. He is the only "grounds" for God to grant mercy towards you.
But God, in his mercy and through his grace, gave his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for us. He now offers Salvation from hell as a free gift, without any works on our part, to anyone who will accept it. In order to accept this gift, you must:
Admit that you are a sinner: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23 “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:” Rom. 5:12 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Rom. 3:10
Believe that Jesus Christ Died for your sin: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;…” I Tim. 1:15 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” I Cor. 15: 3,4
Receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour: “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:” John 1:12 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved. Right now, if you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and you would like to, simply go to God in prayer. If you’re not sure how to pray, you might pray something like this:
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus Christ was my substitute when he died on the cross. I believe that his shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive him as my Saviour. Thank you for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation, and everlasting life, because of your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen."
These are not some magical words that you repeat to get to heaven, they’re just an example of what you might pray to God if you honestly repent, believe it and want to be saved.
If you have received Christ as a result of this message, please feel free to contact us to let us know, and we’ll be glad to pray for you and answer any questions you might have.