God’s Plan of Salvation for Everyone
God loves you and wants you to experience His peace and new, full life. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Being at peace with God is not automatic because you, by nature, are separated from God. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin, our sin, separates us from God. Sincerity, morality, good works and religion are some of the ways man has tried to close the separation between himself and God. Only God’s love can close that gap of separation between God and you. He paid the penalty for the sins of the world. The Bible says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
You cross the bridge into God’s family when you believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him as your Savior by personal invitation. The Bible tells us “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13. Saved from what? Saved from eternal separation from God. Saved from eternal punishment (rightly deserved) for our sins. Saved from a fate much, much worse than death. God does not desire that any should perish in this way. "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
There are four things you need to do to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior:
– Admit you have a spiritual need - “I am a sinner.”
– Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross to take your sin upon Himself and to provide forgiveness, or full pardon, for you.
– Receive Jesus by praying for Jesus Christ to enter your heart and life.
– Repent, which means changing your mind about God and about your sin. With God’s help, you may turn away from your sins.
Pray something like this from your heart…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. I open the door of my heart and life to You. I receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Right now, I ask for Your Power to help me turn from my sins. Thank You for forgiving me and saving me. Amen”