Bethel Baptist Association
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Loving God and Neighbor by Sharing

ABC's of Salvation

ADMIT
Admit to God that you are a sinner.  All persons need salvation.  Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin.  Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God's authority over our lives.  Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).  Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Rom. 3: 10-18).

The result of sin is spiritual death (Rom. 6:23).  Spiritual death means eternal separation from God.  By God's perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God.  Admitting you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning form sin and self and turning toward God.

BELIEVE
Believe in Jesus Christ as God's Son and receive Jesus` gift of forgiveness from sin.  God loves each of us.  God offers us salvation.  Athough we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us.  In death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoeoever believeth in him shoud not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

CONFESS
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others.  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person.  Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision.  Following Christ's example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church, as a public expression of you faith.  "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" (Rom. 10: 9-10).