1. Salvation is the gift of God. Please understand that salvation, that is being forgiven by God and acceptably reconciled to a right relationship with God, comes only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and is offered to mankind as a gift by God's grace (grace is undeserved favor). We are not and cannot be saved by good works that we do. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. Acknowledge that you are a sinner. The Bible says that all of us have broken God's commandments, that, "There is none righteous, no not one." (Romans 3:10) and "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23).
3. Believe that Jesus Christ, in love, died on the cross for you. Believe and acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead as payment for your sins. The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Romans 10:9). Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
4. Change direction. Turn away from your sinful way of life. The Bible says, "God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent (the word repent means to change direction, i.e. away from your sins), because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness" (Acts 17:30-31).
You can have your sins forgiven and begin experiencing a relationship with God today. Pray something like this...
"Lord I realize that I am a sinner. I realize that I need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus paid the price for my sins on the cross. I believe that Jesus rose again from the dead and wants to have a personal relationship with me. Come into my life. Forgive me. Be my Lord. Be my God. I want to turn away from my sins and begin to follow You. Change me. Empower me with Your Holy Spirit to live my life for You, in Jesus' name, I pray, Amen."
If you prayed that prayer, and meant it, you've begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, and God has forgiven you of your sins. We would also encourage you to begin to develop and deepen your relationship with Jesus in the following ways:
A. Begin reading the Bible daily. (if you need a Bible contact us and we will give you one for free)
Try starting out with the Gospel of Luke.
B. Continue to talk to the Lord through Prayer
You can tell Him everything and talk to Him about anything. He loves you and is listening and able to lead you in ways that are right and good.
We'd also encourage you to...
C. Seek out and regularly attend a church that teaches through the Bible verse by verse.
If you live in or near the Garland area of Dallas County, we invite you to come and worship with us at Calvary Chapel Garland. If you have any questions about a personal relationship with Jesus, the Bible, or if we can be of help in any way, please call (972) 240-8500.