What Is Salvation?
Salvation is God’s plan to provide man an escape from the consequences of sin. Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the most important experience in your life. (John 3:3,15-16).
When you confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, you will experience the new birth. Every abundant blessing He has for us is freely available through salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
The word “salvation” comes from the Greek word soteria, which means saved, healed, delivered, pardoned, rescued, protected, preserved, made whole, cured, set free, and restored.
Salvation is not any of the things most people think or have been taught such as confirmation, church membership, water baptism, taking sacraments, observing religious duties, attending church consistently, committed to routine praying, reading the bible with frequency, memorizing creeds and doctrine, nor is salvation the act of rendering good deeds. In order to be saved, you must be born again(John 3:14-18; Romans 10;9-10).
Imagine going through life, constantly criticized for your imperfections, never having a way of escape, forever making payments for a debt you will never be able to pay off. When you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are forgiven of all passed sins. You are no longer a condemned person without the possibility of a great future. When Jesus is made Lord of one’s, life Passed debts are paid in full and our future is blessed and impregnated with success. Anyone can receive the gift of salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Can A Person Like Me Receive This Gift of Salvation?
The answer is yes. God has made it real easy and simple for all persons to receive this gift of salvation regardless of one’s passed life. Answer these four questions:
- Do you want to be forgiven and saved (1 John 1:8)?
- Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for you (1 John 1:7)?
- Are you willing to repent of sin and follow the Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of your life (Act 2:21; 3:17-19; 16:31; 1 John 1:9)?
- Do you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that God does forgive you of your sins and that He does cleanse you from all unrighteousness (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9)?
If you have answered yes to these questions, you are on your way to a new life guided by the principles of Christianity.
How can I receive this Gift called Salvation?
With a sincere heart and a desire to live a sin free life anyone can ask Jesus to be Lord of their life, and God will grant their request. The word of God proclaims whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) Remember, God loves you. God wants you to be whole, complete and saved. (3 John 2)
Are You Ready to Accept Jesus?
Pray this prayer of salvation with me
Father in Heaven, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus, to die on the cross for me and for His blood that was shed to redeem me and to cleanse me from all my sins. Lord, I confess my sins and repent of my sins, forgive me. I understand that I must change the direction of my life. I am determined in my heart to follow you and to live for you. I invite you to be Lord of my life starting right now and forever more. I openly proclaim and confess that you are Lord of my life. I believe in my heart that you have been raised from the dead having defeated death. My faith in you allows me to know that I am saved. I am a new creature. The old things in my life have now passed away and new things will move in my life according to your will. I am a child of God.
In the name of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God, I pray Amen.
Praise the Lord! God be praised forever! You Are Saved. As a result of having
accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior:
- Your sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9, John 3:16)
- You are a member of God’s family ( John 1:12; 3 John 4)
- You have peace with God and access to Him (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:6-7)
- The Holy Spirit dwells within you (Romans 8:9-11; 1 John 4:4)
- Your salvation is forever ( John 10;28; Ephesians 4:30)
Again we are excited that you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We will continue to keep you in our prayers and will pray that you will be able to find a church home. If you live in or near the Baltimore area we invite you to become a part of our church.
May the Lord forever bless and keep you. I look forward to meeting you one day.
-Bishop J.L. Carter