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Salvation

*Have you come to a place in your life that you know for certain you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die?
*Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” What would you say?

God’s purpose
God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. The Bible states it this way, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s purpose is that we have eternal life.
*We receive eternal life as a free gift (Romans 6:23).
*We can live a full and meaningful life right now (John 10:10)
*We will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven (John 14:3).

Our need
As we search for meaning in life, we discover our sinful nature keeps us from fulfillng God’s purpose for our lives.
*We are all sinners by nature and by choice. “For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
*We cannot save ourselves (Ephesians 2:9).
*We deserve death and hell (Romans 6:23).

God’s provision
God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet He loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
*Jesus is God and became man (John 1:1,14).
*Jesus died for us on the cross (1 Peter 3:18).
*Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Romans 4:25).

Our response
The only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
* We must repent of our sin. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out....” (Acts 3:19).
--Repentance is not just feeling sorry sorry for our sin (Acts 26:20).
--Repentance is turning away from our sin and turning to God through Jesus
*We must place our faith in Jesus. “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
--Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus (James 2:19).
--Faith is trusting in Jesus.
*We must surrender to Jesus as Lord. “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” (Romans 10:9-10).
--Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our lives to Jesus (Matthew 7:21).
--Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is giving Jesus control of our lives.

Commitment
As evidence of giving Jesus control we will want to identify with Jesus is to confess Jesus publicly and follow Him in baptism and church membership (Romans 10:13).
* “Does what we have been discussing make sense to you?”
* “Is there any reason why you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?”
* “Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now?”

Prayer of commitment
Dear Lord Jesus...I believe You are the son of God...and died to forgive me of my sins...I know I have sinned...I ask You to forgive me... I turn form my sins and I receive You as my Lord and Savior... thank you for saving me. Amen.

My commitment: Lord, Jesus, thank You for saving me. I want to live for You the rest of my life.