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What must I do to be saved ?


The Bible provides a clear answer. Here are the logical steps from God’s Word, the Bible, that all must take to be saved.


ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SIN


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23


First, see yourself for what you are...a sinner. Sin is tragic, vile...it blights, degrades, destroys. It has dire consequences: “The soul that sinnith, it shall die.”  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”


REPENT OF YOUR SIN


Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.

Acts 3:19


You must also repent. Repentance is not making a resolution to do better. It is not just conviction of sin, for a person may be convinced that he is wrong and still not repent. D. L. Moody liked to describe repentance this way: “Man is born with his back toward God. When he truly repents, he turns right around and faces God. Repentance is a change of mind, a change of heart, and it results in a change of action.”


As the Bible says, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord...for He will freely pardon.”3 You must change your mind about sin and want God to end its mastery over you. After all, sin is so bad it took Christ’s death to make forgiveness possible for you.


BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST


God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting  life. John 3:16


Believe in the completed work Christ accomplished on the cross. You must believe that Christ substituted Himself for you, that He died for your sins (though He never sinned), and that He was  resurrected from death. “The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him.”4 Our sins nailed Him to the cross, and “by His wounds we are healed.”4 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.’’ 5


MAKE YOUR DECISION


"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". Romans 10:9


You must believe in Christ and receive Him personally into your life by faith if you are to be saved from the power of sin and its consequences. “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”


Will you pray to God something like this?

“God, I’m convinced I am a sinner, and that Christ alone can save me. I willingly repent of my sinful life and believe Jesus Christ died for me. I want to receive Him as my personal Savior.


The moment we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit came to indwell us and brought about a new creation in us (2Cor. 5:17). The Holy Spirit is the teacher of Truth; He also gives us the power to live the Christian life.


But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance (John 14:26)



NOW WHAT


You have made the most important decision you will ever make and have become a child of God through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . now you can learn about who God is and what His plan for you as a Christian is by studying His Word. In addition to learning God's Word, God wants you to learn to communicate with Him through pray and also seek a local church where you can become equipped and be encouraged for God's work.