How Can I Be Saved?
1. GOD'S DESIRE
God created man to live with him for all eternity! Scripture tells us that He is our Creator, that He knows each of us by name and that he cares intimately about us. It says in 2 Peter 3:9 that God is "not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance." (KJV) This is God's heart! He wants you to be with Him. He wants you to live with Him forever. He wants you to enjoy a perfect relationship with Himself. The Bible clearly teaches that GOD LOVES YOU! (1 John 4:10)
2. MAN'S PROBLEM
There is one thing however that keeps us from this relationship with God -- OUR SIN! Scripture teaches that "without holiness, no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) In other words, God's standard is perfection. There must not be one sin on our record if we are to be acceptable to God. However, scripture tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 (NIV) It also says that "the wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23 (NIV), this means separation from God for all eternity! If we physically die in this condition, there are no second chances. It is too late to turn God then.
3. GOD'S GIFT
Fortunately this is not the end of the story. For God saw our helplessness and in great compassion sent us what we needed most, a Saviour, His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that Christ "Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree ....." 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV). "He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought peace was upon Him." Isaiah 53:4,5 (NIV) "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 (NIV)
4. MAN'S RESPONSE
God has made a way for us to be acceptable and right before Him. "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out." Acts 3:19 (NIV). Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." Acts 16:31 (NIV). Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25-27 (NIV)
You can be saved right now, whoever you are, whatever your situation. Confess to God that you are a sinner. Thank Jesus for taking the punishment for your sins by dying on the cross. Trust Him to forgive your sin. Place your life in Christ's hands and allow Him to have His way in your life. He alone has the power to save.