Following Jesus. Being saved. Giving your life to Christ.

These are common phrases used by Christians to describe salvation. As we grow deeper in our understanding of what God did for us, it moves us to follow Him more

Salvation is God’s gift to you- if you choose to accept it.

We cannot make up for our sin on our own, no matter how much good we do. It is only by receiving the forgiveness of sin that Jesus offers that we can be saved from sin’s penalty.

The Good News
The Good News, or The Gospel, starts with bad news. The bad news is this- all of us spiritually dead. We are spiritually dead because we are sinful. What is sin? It is both something we DO, in that we DO things that disobey God, and something we ARE, in that we have a nature that is prone to do things that disobey God. Since sin makes us dead, we cannot make ourselves come back to life no matter how hard we try- what is dead cannot make itself come alive.

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. - Ephesians 2:1-3

Because we are sinful and God is sinless, God cannot tolerate even the smallest amount of sin. Since God ins infinitely good, sin is infinitely evil. Since God is infinitely just, He must infinitely punish the smallest amount of sin. Therefore sin earns infinite punishment. We are incapable of paying this debt, so our debt for sin is both death and eternity in hell, where we will be punished for our sin forever.

For the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23

This is why the Good News is so good!

The Gospel is this: though we are sinful and deserve death and hell, God has made a way for us to be saved by sending His Son, Jesus, to live the perfect, sinless life we never could, and then die i our place to pay the penalty for sin that we owed God. Jesus came back to life three days later to prove His death was enough for us to be saved!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16

How Am I Saved?
Salvation is not something we achieve- it is something we receive by faith.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9

In order to receive salvation by faith, we must believe Jesus did everything necessary for salvation by dying for our sins and rising from the dead. We must also give Jesus control of our lives, willing to go wherever He tells us to go and do whatever He tells us to do, regardless of the cost.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9

You can respond to God’s offer by telling Him you are sorry for your sin, that you believe Jesus died for you and rose again, and that He can have complete control of your life, to be used for His glory.

When you do that, God moves you from being spiritually dead to spiritually alive. You become a child of God and are declared righteous before God. Jesus has made you brand new and begins to make you more like Him, a process called sanctification, one step at a time as you listen to Him and do what He says.