How do I get Saved?

The "Romans" Road To Salvation

Are you trying to make sense out of life? Are you trying to find meaning? Do you feel alienated? Do you want to know who you are? Do you want to know where you are going in life? Do you want to know and experience the everlasting love of God? Do you want to go to Heaven when you die and spend eternity with God, basking in His everlasting love? Do you want to have abundant life here and now? Then please read on...

The Bible Says:

  • Romans 3:23 --- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    We have all sinned. We are all sinners, from the best of us down to the worst of us. Before the Holy God who created all things we are all morally guilty, because we cannot, on our own, live up to the Holy life God expects of us.

  • Romans 5:8 --- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    But even though we are sinners, guilty before a Holy God, God loves us very much, and has actively lavished His love upon us by sending his only Son, Christ Jesus, into this world to identify with us as a man, and to die in our place as payment for our sins! Even while we were still in our sin He did this for us!

    What a marvelous love God has for us, to pay our penalty for us by the sacrifice of His only Son! Jesus came to be our Kinsman Redeamer; Our kinsman, because He, the true and Holy God, chose be born into the world as a man and take upon Himself a "tent" of human flesh, to be subject to the same temptations as ourselves, and then to pay our penalty for us by His death on the cross. Our redeamer, because He, being the true and Holy God, had the power and the right to pay the penalty for EVERY person, and because He himself was perfect and never sinned he could pay the penalty for us. As man, he was tempted just as we are, but, "for the joy that was set before him" (that is, the joy of our salvation), he was able resist the temptation as He continued to pray to God The Father, in obedience to The Father, go to the cross and die for us. Yet as God, his solitary death on the cross, could pay for every sin of every person.

  • Romans 6:23 --- For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    You see, the penalty for our sin is death, but God, in the person of Jesus Christ, not only paid the penalty for each and every one of us but offers us instead, eternal life. The only way we can pay the penalty is to die for our own sins; but then we are dead in our sins. But Jesus, being God, could pay for everybody's sins, and also, give us the gift of eternal life and invite us to live with Him for eternity! You see, all we are is dead if we pay for our own sins; we are dead, and have no right to come into God's "house" to live with Him. But as we accept God's free gift, He gives us eternal life and invites us to His "house" forever. (In fact, the Bible says He adopts us as sons!)

  • Romans 10:9-10 --- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    Jesus died to pay the penalty for everybody's sins; but each person must choose to accept this free gift. If you refuse to accept this gift, you cannot enjoy the benefits the gift contains. A gift is given, not earned. But unless you take the gift as it is proffered, and personally thank the giver, you cannot recive the gift. You must choose to communicate your acceptance to the giver in order to recieve the gift;

    To "confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus" means that you must agree with God that 1) you are a sinner, that you deserve to die for your sins; 2) you cannot save yourself, nor can you invite yourself into God's "house"; 3) Jesus must be Lord of your life because you, in your own power can never live up to God's Holy standard of perfection, but through the power He gives you as you surrender to Him, you can live a Holy life (and, because Jesus paid the penalty for your sins, He "bought you with a price" and has a right to your life, in exchange for which, you will be adopted as God's son or daughter and be a "joint heir with Jesus", inheriting God's riches at Christ's expense!)

    This salvation depends on Jesus' death to pay the penalty for your sins; it also depends on the fact the God raised Jesus from the dead. If Jesus did not arise from the dead then how can He give you eternal life? God's word says that Jesus rose again from the dead and ever lives to make intercession for you. If you don't believe that Jesus rose again and is alive forever, how can you have hope in Him for your future? Also, if you don't believe He rose from the dead, then you are calling God a lier and are failing to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life. You must take God at His word.

An Engraved Invitation

Isaiah 49:16 --- Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands...

You have just received an engraved invitation from Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe, to come into His kingdom and live with Him forever! He died on a cross for you. When the nails pierced His hands, you were engraved upon His hands! Those nail scars on His hands will for eternity proclaim the sacrifice He became for you! Jesus stands before you now, with His nail-scarred hands outstreatched, waiting to welcome you into His arms of love; waiting to welcome you into His kingdom forever; waiting to present you as an adopted son or daughter to God The Father...

Are you willing now to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, and Lord? Are you willing now to turn from your sin and turn to Jesus Christ and be reconciled to God?

If your answer is Yes then all you need to do now is talk to God right now; tell Him that you know you are a sinner, that you need a savior since you cannot save yourself, that you know that He died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the dead, that you want Him to cleans you from your sin and come into your life as Savior and Lord, that you want Him to empower you to live a holy life before God by sending His Holy Spirit to live inside you and guide you. If you mean it from your heart, you can pray the model prayer presented below, known as the sinner's prayer, to accept Jesus Christ, be saved, and enter God's kingdom to live with Him forever as His son or daughter...

Model Prayer:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. Lord Jesus, I ask you to be my Savior, to forgive my sins, to cleans me by the power of your blood shed for me on the cross. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to come into my life and be the Lord of my life. My life is yours to direct. Dear Lord Jesus, I ask you to send your Holy Spirit to come live inside me to empower me to live for you and to teach me your will. I thank you for dying for me and saving me. I thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit and the guidance He will give to me. I thank you for adopting me as your son/daughter. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen."

If you prayed that prayer from your heart, you are now cleansed from you sins and are now a son or daughter of God, joint heir with Jesus Christ in the riches of God's Kingdom! Welcome to the family, dear brother or sister!!

You have just taken a giant leap into a wonderful new life. To help you grow in your new life as a member of the household of God please continue reading The New Christian's Resource Kit.

The New Christian's Resource Kit

Some tips to help you get started in your new life as a Christian:

  • Your sins are now forgiven and you are starting with a clean slate! You may or may not "feel" different now, but you are a new person!
    • Romans 8:1 --- There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    • II Corinthians 5:17 --- Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

  • Tell Sombody!! Tell a relative, a close friend, a co-worker, someone you respect and trust, that you have become a Christian! We, as Christians, must not have a "stay in the closet" mentality. This will help make your new faith more concrete to you and will start you on the road to eventually sharing Jesus with others who need to personally know Him and his redeeming power in their lives!
    • Matthew 10:32 --- Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
    • Luke 12:8 --- Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
    • Luke 11:33 --- No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
    • II Timothy 1:8 --- Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

  • You now have a helper, the Holy Spirit, to help you live the Christian life by empowering you to overcome temptation and by teaching you. He is living right inside you to empower you and guide you. As you grow in your Christian life, you will learn to "feel" his leading, to "hear" him as he teaches you. He helps you overcome Satan, the adversary of God and God's children.
    • John 14:26 --- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
    • I John 4:4 --- Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
    • Romans 8:26 --- Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    • I Corinthians 2:16 --- For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

  • Your primary and powerful way to communicate with God is through prayer.
    • Ephesians 3:12 --- In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
      • We pray directly to God the Father in the name of, that is, by the authority of, Jesus.
        • I Timothy 2:5 --- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
    • Hebrews 10:19 --- Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
    • Hebrews 4:16 --- Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
    • John 14:13 --- And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    • John 14:14 --- If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
    • John 15:16 --- Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
    • John 16:24 --- Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
    • Ephesians 6:18 --- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
    • Philippians 4:6 --- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    • Colossians 4:2 --- Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 --- Pray without ceasing.
    • I Thessalonians 5:25 --- Brethren, pray for us.
    • James 5:13 --- Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing
    • Hebrews 8:1 --- Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
    • Hebrews 12:2 --- Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • Although you have the Holy Spirit living inside you to guide and teach you, the primary way God communicates with you is through His written word, the Bible. If you do not own a Bible you should get one.
    • There are Bible book stores which specialize in Bibles and other Christian books and most ordinary book stores carry Bibles. Bibles are often available through local churches and other Christian organizations. There are many good Versions to choose from. The text presented in this web page is from the King James Version (KJV) [know in Great Briton as the Authorized Version (AV)]. If you don't care for the antique language of the KJV, there are versions available using modernized language. Of course, there are versions available in many other languages besides English.
    • The Bible is made up of 66 "books" and is divided into two major parts 1) The Old Testament (first 39 books) and 2) The New Testament (last 27 books). The Old Testament tells about God's dealings with man before the coming of Jesus Christ; The New Testament tells about God's dealings with man after Jesus came into the world.
    • You should start by reading The Gospel of John, which is the fourth book in the New Testament. The Gospel of John (often refered to simply as John, or the book of John) will provide you with a solid introduction to the person, deity, and earthly life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
    • You should read your Bible daily for sustainance and growth. The Bible is the "revealed" will of God. Spending time daily in God's word and in prayer is how you spend time with God, getting to know Him and His will for your life. The Bible is God's love letter to you, His son or daughter; in it He tells you how much He loves you, He admonishes and encourages you and builds you up day by day to be more like Him.
      • II Timothy 2:15 --- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
      • II Timothy 3:15 --- And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
      • II Timothy 3:16 --- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
      • Hebrews 4:12 --- For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
      • I Peter 2:2 --- As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
      • Acts 17:11 --- These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
      • I Timothy 4:13 --- Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
      • I Timothy 4:15 --- Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
      • Acts 20:32 --- And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
      • Romans 10:17 --- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
      • Romans 15:4 --- For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
      • Colossians 3:16 --- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
      • Colossians 4:16 --- And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
      • I Thessalonians 5:27 --- I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

  • You should get plugged into a Bible believing, Bible teaching church. You should attend church services regularly, and eventually get involved in Bible study groups/classes, choir, and/or other functions; This will provide you with 1) The opportunity to join other Christians in praise and worship of God, 2) Bible teaching to help you grow, 3) Fellowship with other Christians, 4) Solid relationships with other Christians with whom you can seek counsel, assistance, prayer, and guidance when dealing with the problems, decisions, and plans you make in your daily life. Other Christians are your brothers and sisters; church functions provide "family" time for you. If you are currently a member of a church, make sure the pastor(s) believes and teaches the Bible. The church you attend should believe and teach that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God, and Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, coequal with God the Father, and with the Holy Spirit.
    • Hebrews 10:25 --- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    • Matthew 18:20 --- For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
    • Psalm 133:1 --- Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    • Proverbs 27:17 --- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
    • Ephesians 5:19 --- Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
    • Colossians 3:16 --- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  • Although you are forgiven of all your past sins and are starting with a clean slate, you are not yet perfect (though God, because you have been washed in the blood of Christ, sees you as perfect). This means that you will probably still sin at times; But don't get discouraged, simply confess the sin to God in prayer, asking for forgiveness. This doesn't mean we should plan to sin expecting to be forgiven after the fact; but it means we have the Father's grace as we need it.
    • I John 2:1 --- My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
    • I John 1:9 --- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • Revelation 2:5 --- Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
    • Philippians 1:6 --- Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
    • Romans 8:28-29 --- And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    • Romans 12:2 --- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Welcome to the family!
II Peter 3:18 --- ... grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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