God's Plan of Salvation
- God created man and enjoyed a relationship with him (Genesis 1-2).
- When Adam sinned, his relationship with God was broken. And every person since Adam, because of sin, also has a broken relationship with God (Romans 5:12).
- The Bible says the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). However, God was willing to send His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of sin (John 3:16).
- Jesus paid for the sins of all who would place their faith in Him when He died on the cross and took God's wrath upon Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 4:10). His resurrection on the third day proves God's acceptance of that payment (1 Corinthians 15:21-23).
- Jesus' death demonstrates God's love for you and God's willingness to forgive you of your sins (Romans 5:8). God desires to have a relationship with you and be the Lord of your life (Romans10:9-10).
- The only way you can receive the forgivenss God offers is to recognize your need of a Saviro for your sins, repent by asking God to forgive you, place your faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, and accept Christ's payment on your behalf. Salvation is a gift from God given to those who place their faith in Him. True faith is more than a prayer, it is a changed heart that leads to a life lived for God and His glory (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
- Just as with Adam's sin the penalty of sin is eternal punishment in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:13-15). Every person who receives the forgiveness of God enjoys eternity with God in heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
- As you look through what God tells us we need to be saved it can be easy to view salvation as a check list. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is not looking for people who will follow rules, but people who will give their hearts. Salvation is not about a prayer, but rather entering a relationship with God through the completed work of Jesus Christ.
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