The word “Gospel” means good news and the good news is:
God Offers Salvation Providing Eternal Life
1. God loves you, He created you, and He has a divine plan for your life.
The Bible 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” (John 3:16).
The word believes means “to place trust in” as in to trust in and commit one’s life to Jesus.
The Bible says, “Jesus said: I came that they may have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it may be full and meaningful] (John 10:10)
Why is it that most people are not living the abundant life?
2. Man is sinful and separated from God; therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.
The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” [separation from God] (Romans 6:23)
God is Holy, which means that He is perfect, and therefore will not allow imperfection (sin) in heaven. Based on the fact that all have sinned and God will not allow sin into heaven, we have a problem.
3. God solved that problem through His one and only Son, Jesus. Through Him we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
The Bible says, “God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The Bible Says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Pet 3:18)
The Bible says Jesus is the Only Way to God.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)
Notice that Jesus said I am THE way, not a way, I am THE truth, not a truth, I am THE life, not a life.
The Bible says: “Salvation is found in no one else (Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
The Bible tells us that Salvation/Heaven is a gift.
The Bible says, “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
In this verse there are a few words that aren’t commonly used, grace and faith.
The word grace means receiving what we don’t deserve (Heaven). Another way of remembering what grace is is the way it’s spelled:
G – God’s
R – Riches
A – At
C – Christ’s
E – Expense
God’s Riches: heaven and a full meaningful life here on earth. At Christ’s expense: the fact that He left the glories of heaven to live as a man and die in our place.
We receive Christ through faith. A good way to understand saving faith is by the way it’s spelled:
F – Forsaking
A – All
I – I
T – Trust
H – Him
I’m not trusting the fact that I’m a good person, I’m not trusting that I was born into a Christian family, I’m not trusting my church attendance, I’m not trusting the fact that I read the Bible, and I’m not trusting my good works. I’m trusting in the fact that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins, and through faith I have been restored (redeemed) back to God. I am no longer separated from God.
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
The Bible says, “As many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
We receive Christ by turning from self and sin, turning to God (a.k.a. repentance), and personally inviting Christ to come into our lives as Savior and Lord.
Lord (Master – giving Jesus full control over one’s life)
The Bible says, “But unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3b)
The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Saved means that you are saved from the penalty of sin (eternal separation from God) and given eternal life with God.
Jesus said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him…” (Revelation 3:20)
Notice that Jesus is standing there waiting for you to invite Him into your life. He’s not forcing His way into your life, but waiting for you to invite Him in.
If you have been misled or believed a misperception about what it takes to get right with God, now is the time to commit your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
You Can Receive Jesus Right Now By Faith Through Prayer (talking to God).
ABC’s of Salvation:
A – Acknowledge your sin.
B – Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ.
C – Commit your life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, separated from you. I believe You died for my sins, and I commit my life to You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person you created me to be.”
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