What the Bible Has to Say About Salvation
1. We need salvation because we have sinned. Sin separates us from God who desires relationship with us. (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 3:10,11,23)
2. It is impossible for any man to restore that broken relationship with God by any amount of personal goodness, religious deeds, or by belonging to a church. We cannot earn, merit or achieve a right relationship with God by our own efforts. (Hebrews 10:1-4)
3. The death of Jesus was not an accident. It was God's plan from the beginning to save us from our sins through the death of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:11-18, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:16-17, John 14:6)
4. The Bible calls God's act of love, grace. His grace is His gift to us. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-8)
5. The way we receive His gift is by entering into a covenant relationship with Jesus by placing our trust and faith in Him. We confess him with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9)
6. When we decide that we will follow Jesus for the rest of our lives, we demonstrate our trust in Jesus by obeying His command to be immersed (baptized in water) demonstrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-39; I Peter 3:18-22)
7. Baptism symbolizes what takes place in your heart at the time of salvation:
a. You accept/receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
b. You share in his death and resurrection illustrated in baptism by going under the water
(dead to your old life) and then rising again. (new life)
c. You are symbolically washed clean, and your sins forgiven by his death on the cross.
d. You are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:3-4; Romans 6:23)
8. We live by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, a part of God, that Jesus assured us would be ours when he left the earth. The Spirit teaches us, guides us, speaks for us, and helps us to renounce ungodliness and live for God’s glory! (John 14:15-27, I Corinthians 2:6-16, Romans 8:1-17, Titus 2:11-13)