Tag: Repentance

Why Should We Evangelize?

   

Why is it important for Christians to evangelize? There are so many Christians around the world and there are so many churches that exist today yet very few Christians actually go out and evangelize.
Evangelism is basically the presentation or communication of the Good News or the gospel of Jesus Christ to an individual or people.
Evangelizing is not only for the pastor or church leaders, but every Christian is mandated or commissioned to evangelize. Therefore if you are born again, God expects you to share the gospel of Christ to others especially to unbelievers / non-christians.
Matthew 28:18-20 says – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Below are 6 Biblical reasons as to why we as Christians should evangelize or witness

 

WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?

 

  1. God Is Not Willing That Anyone Should Perish

2 Peter 3:9 NKJVThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
It’s not the desire of God that people should perish in hell for eternity, but God desires that the gospel of Christ be spread and shared to all mankind with the hope that people may come to a saving knowledge and relationship with God through Christ.
QUESTION: Do you know a person or people in your life who are not Christians? Are you aware that God does not want them to perish in hell? Make it a goal in your life to present the gospel of Christ to them and speak to them about the word of God.

 

  1. We Have A Mandate To Evangelize

2 Timothy 4:5 NKJVBut you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Remember that evangelizing is simply the sharing of the gospel especially to unbelievers. Your pastor or church leader cannot reach every soul. Therefore every Christian is expected by God to play his/her part in reaching to the lost and helping the lost to come to salvation through Christ.
QUESTION: Are you doing the work of an evangelist?

 

  1. How Can People Know / Believe Unless The Gospel Is Preached

Romans 10:14-15 NKJVHow then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The scriptures say that he/she who evangelizes / shares the gospel has beautiful feet.
If we do not share the gospel nor have a desire to share it with others, we are being selfish as Christians. The gospel is about getting people saved from the fires of hell and getting people reconciled with God through Christ.
I once read a picture image on one of the social media platforms that said the following: REAL FRIENDS DO NOT LET OTHER FRIENDS GO TO HELL.
Do you have a friend in your life whom you have never share the gospel with? Do you have a member of your family who doesn’t even know that you’re a Christian?
Romans 10:14,15 says how can people know what the gospel is all about unless somebody speaks to them about it – and how shall they hear the gospel unless somebody is willing & bold enough to share it?
QUESTION: Are you willing to share and evangelize? Are you willing to find the strength through Christ to be bold and share the gospel to others?

 

  1. Jesus Preached Repentance & Died For Sinners

Matthew 4:17 NKJVFrom that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Luke 5:31-32 NKJVJesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Repentance is an important part of the gospel. We cannot become born again without repenting. To repent means to change your mind or to go in a new direction. The reason why we should evangelize is because Jesus Himself evangelized. Jesus preached to sinners and He died for sinners so that they may repent.
Therefore the reason why we evangelize is so that we help people to repent from sinful living so that they may live for Christ and not for themselves.
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and share the gospel with sinners? Do you know that Jesus died for the worst kind of people on this planet?

 

  1. We Should Extend The Same Grace Given To Us

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJVFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another reason why we should evangelize is because grace is also an important part of the Good News / gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are saved by the grace of God and not because of our own goodness or our own righteousness. We are saved because of the work of Christ and NOT because of our own merit “lest anyone should boast”.
Therefore when we share the gospel of Christ especially to unbelievers or non-christians, it’s important for us to emphasize the grace of God and that this grace is offered to all mankind irrespective of their sins or how bad they think they are.
It’s also important to emphasize that salvation and eternal life is a free gift through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and explain about the grace and free gift of eternal life that God offers to all of mankind?

 

  1. The Harvest Is Plenty But The Laborers Are Few

Luke 10:2 NKJVThen He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Christ tells us that there is a big harvest of unbelievers who need to repent and who need to hear the gospel so that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Another reason why we need to evangelize is because there are very few “laborers” or Christians who are willing to evangelize. Despite an abundance of churches and Christians, there is a very small ratio of people willing to evangelize.
Therefore Christ encourages to pray for more laborers to evangelize and share the gospel because God is no willing for anyone to perish.
QUESTION: Are you aware that the harvest is great? Are you willing to be one of the laborers?

 

  1. Because We Love God & We Love Our Neighbour

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJVJesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’   38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
If we love God and if we truly love our neighbour then we will be motivated to evangelize. If our neighbor is not a Christian we must be motivated by love to speak the gospel because we do not desire to see anybody perish in hell just as God Himself does not desire to see anyone perish.
God was motivated by love so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that if whosever believes in Him shall not perish (John 3:16). Therefore let love be our motivator.
QUESTION: Are you motivated by love of your neighbor – even if he is a stranger – to speak to him/her about the gospel of Jesus Christ?

So why should we evangelize? It’s the will of God and it’s for His glory.

 

 

 

 

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Acts 16:30-31 ESV
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.

What does the term “to be saved” mean? Why do I need to be saved? What must I do to be saved?

What Does It Mean “To Be Saved”?
The term “saved” is a Christian/Biblical term which refers to a genuine believer and follower of Jesus Christ. The term “saved” also refers to the guarantee of heaven through Jesus Christ and therefore a person who is saved is – “saved” from eternal damnation in hell.
A person who is “saved” is a person who has a personal and genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He/she is a genuine Christian. Another term for saved used in Christian & Biblical terminology would be “born again”. (John 3:3 ESV – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”).
This salvation is FREE and only comes through the Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.
A Christian is therefore “saved” from eternal hell and “saved” to be eternally with God in heaven.
John 3:16-17 NKJV – 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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 

Why Do I Need To Be Saved?
The truth is every human being needs to be saved. Every human being needs Jesus Christ to become his/her personal Lord & Saviour. If a person does not receive salvation through Jesus, there are eternal consequences to such a choice.
Rejecting God’s free offer of salvation through Christ automatically means accepting (willingly or unwillingly) the fate of eternal damnation in hell (Romans 6:23 NKJV – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord).
Why does every human being need to be saved? It’s because every person is a sinner or wrong-doer before God (Romans 3:23 NKJV – For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God).
Every person has broken God’s laws and commandments and therefore deserves to be punished by a righteous and just God.
We also cannot save ourselves even through our personal good works because by nature we are sinners and lawbreakers and cannot satisfy the debt required to pay for our sins (Romans 3:10 ESV – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”).
However, because of God’s love and His mercy, God offers salvation freely through His Son Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom and the perfect sacrifice to pay the sin debt that we cannot pay.
Mark 10:45 ESV – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

 

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

5. RECEIVE: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

NB: You Are Saved by GRACE Through FAITH in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). This Prayer Is Only An Expression of Your Faith & Trust To Allow Jesus to Be Your Lord & Saviour. 

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Isaiah 5:20 ESV
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

In various nations, it is increasingly becoming difficult to speak against homosexuality. The views and culture of this world is that homosexuality should be accepted as a natural and normal way of life.
Various countries have legalized homosexuality and same sex marriages and in some of these countries it has become a form of discrimination to speak against the homosexual lifestyle.
However is homosexuality natural? Is homosexuality normal? Is homosexuality a sin?

Sin can basically be defined as any type of wrongdoing against God. In other words, if God says that a certain behavior or action is wrong or bad, then that particular action or behavior can be defined as being a sin.
Sin cannot be defined through the eyes of the world or the world standards and systems. Sin can only be defined through God’s eyes and by God himself.
The world may legalize, promote and accept certain behaviors and lifestyles, but it does not necessarily mean that these particular behaviors or worldly laws are good or righteous in God’s view.
The homosexual lifestyle is such an example. Many countries are going to great lengths to promote, support and legalize same-sex marriages and homosexuality as being a normal and acceptable lifestyle that should not be condemned nor preached against. However, just because the homosexual lifestyle is legalized, it does not necessarily mean that it is not a sin against God. And just because homosexuality and same-sex marriage is legalized, it does not mean that God will not judge those who live according to this particular lifestyle.

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Leviticus 18:22 ESV
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

What does God say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin? The Bible which is the word of God clearly and consistently tells us that homosexual activity and lifestyle is a sin.
Read (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).
In both the Old and the New Testament in the Bible, God’s word is consistent and clear in relation to His view regarding homosexuality.

Will Homosexuals Go To Heaven?
A few years ago, a certain well known preacher was asked by a TV host as to whether he believed homosexuals will go to Heaven. To the surprise of most true Bible believing Christians, this preacher responded by saying that he believed that homosexuals will go to heaven.
However, what does the Bible say? Do those who practice homosexuality have a place in the kingdom of God? Are homosexuals being judged too harshly by Christians?
ANSWER: 1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality

In 1 Corinthians 6:9, it says that we should “not be deceived”. Therefore let us not be deceived that heaven awaits those who practice homosexuality. Let us also not be deceived by anybody who tells us that God does not take homosexuality seriously as a sin. Let us also not be deceived that just because the world has legalized certain behaviours and lifestyles like same-sex marriages, that it means that God’s word and God’s law carries less weight. God’s word will ALWAYS stand ABOVE every world system and law.
God takes homosexuality so seriously that His word warns us that those who practice homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God. In Leviticus 18:22, God refers to homosexuality as being an abomination.

Can Homosexuals Repent & Be Saved?
ANSWER: YES!!!
1 John 1:9 ESV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God does not hate homosexuals. God loves us all despite our flaws and God is readily willing to FORGIVE anyone who is living a homosexual lifestyle. God loves us – but He hates sin. Therefore God wants us to live a life that is according to His values and which glorifies Him.
God may not accept our sinful behavior, but He will accept our confession and repentance through His Son Jesus Christ.
God offers salvation, forgiveness of sins and a place in Heaven for those people who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and purposefully repent from living various sinful lifestyles of which homosexuality is among the list of a sinful lifestyle.
If you have been living a homosexual lifestyle, repent today and receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

 

SALVATION CALL !!!
GOD OFFERS SALVATION TO EVERY PERSON & NON-CHRISTIAN

2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God offers salvation to EVERY person who has not yet become a Christian. It is God’s desire that EVERYONE should have eternal life and that EVERYONE spend eternity in Heaven with Him as long as we accept, believe, repent & receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Salvation is a CHOICE that a person must choose to want. To refuse the Biblical salvation that God offers through Christ Jesus is to choose eternity in hell (and the 4 other points mentioned above). But to choose salvation through Christ Jesus is to choose eternal life with God.

HOW TO BECOME A GENUINE CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save you from the power of the enemy and so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

(You can also click two of the following links below in order to have detailed information on how to become a born again Christian and what it means to become a Christian).

LINKS
Become A Christian
Bible Verses on Who You Are In Christ Jesus

You can also pray the prayer below to become a born again Christian but after you have prayed the prayer below, PLEASE visit our Become A Christian link and Who You Are In Christ Jesus link in order to understand and be knowledgeable of Salvation through Christ Jesus.

PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR RIGHT NOW:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow your ways. Make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You right now. I make You my Lord and Saviour from this day.
Amen”

What is True Repentance?

Matthew 4:17 ESV
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

One of the main themes of Jesus’ message was the message of repentance. The reason why Jesus preached about repenting was because He knew that if people are to have a true relationship with God and if people are to be true followers of God, then repentance is very important. A person cannot be a true follower of Christ or of God’s Kingdom unless he/she sincerely repents.
Therefore – what is repentance? What should we repent from? How do I know if I have repented? Why should I repent?

WHAT IS REPENTANCE?

  • Biblical repentance is sincere change. Repentance involves is a complete and sincere change from thinking, believing and doing that which was wrong and sinful in God’s eyes – to thinking, believing and doing that which is righteous and good to God.
  • Biblical repentance is not just intellectual or of the mind. It is also a change of attitude, a change of the perception, a change of direction – so that a person no longer walks in an ungodly direction but they walk in God’s direction pertaining to a given area in his/her life
  • Biblical repentance turns from the devil to Christ; from sin to good; from darkness to light; from deception to truth; from condemnation to salvation.
  • The fruit of sincere repentance are evident in the true believer’s behaviour or actions. Biblical repentance leads to a changed life or lifestyle.

Acts 26:20 ESV
But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Matthew 3:8 ESV
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Luke 5:32 ESV
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

 

 JUDAS versus PETER on REPENTANCE

Matthew 27:3-5
Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.

Biblical repentance is more than just saying “I’m sorry”. Biblical repentance goes further than feeling remorse, but it requires deliberate change to not do the thing that you are sorry for doing.
Judas knew that he had sinned and felt remorse or sorry for having betrayed Jesus. However, Judas did not repent. If he had repented, he would not have tried to resolve his issue by committing another sin in the process; he would not have hung himself but would have found a way to return to Christ and thereafter follow Christ sincerely. Biblical repentance must lead you to reconcile with God.
In contrast, Peter who denied Jesus 3 times out of fear of persecution (read Mark 14:66-72), later felt sorry for having denied Christ, then Peter repented and later boldly and courageously spoke the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through out the book of Acts, Peter spoke boldly about Christ without fear of persecution. Therefore Peter’s repentance changed his behaviour from one of fear to that of courage. (Acts 4:13 – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus)

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WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE REPENT FROM?

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Biblical repentance requires that people repent from anything that displeases God. This for example includes the following:

  • All kinds of sin and sinful habits
  • All kinds of wickedness
  • Any type of poor or bad attitude
  • Anything that rejects God and rejects the nature of God

Galatians 5:19-24 ESV
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

 

WHY SHOULD I REPENT?

1. Repentance leads to salvation. Let us remember that salvation is by grace and not by our own works. However we must understand that our decision to repent is evidence that we desire to receive God’s free gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. (Acts 2:36-39 – Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)
When Peter preached his sermon at Pentecost, he wanted the people to change their mind about Jesus whom they had crucified. In other words, he wanted them to repent about their perception of Jesus and receive Him and accept Jesus as Lord and Christ in their life.
John MacArthur stated the following : “It has often been said that repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin. That coin is called conversion. Repentance turns from sin to Christ, and faith embraces Him as the only hope of salvation and righteousness. That is what conversion means in simple terms. Faith and repentance are distinct concepts, but they cannot occur independently of each other. Genuine repentance is always the flip side of faith; and true faith accompanies repentance”
(2 Peter 3:9 ESV – The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient  toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.)

2. Biblical Repentance leads to change in behavior & obedience to God. It is impossible to repent in one’s mind and this repentance not be followed by a change in action. In Luke 3:8 and Matthew 3:8 John the Baptist called people to repent and that there must be evidence of their repentance. John mentioned that people must “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” – an indication that sincere repentance leads to obedience and that repentance is more than just a mental or intellectual change. (Acts 26:20 ESV – But declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.)

3. Repentance leads to seeing life from God’s perspective and not from our own perspective. When we repent, it reflects that we are ready to deny our personal opinions; our personal philosophies; our personal agenda in order to follow the values and principles of God. Repentance from sin acknowledges that we are wrong and that God is ALWAYS right. Biblical repentance acknowledges that only God’s perspective is true and that we must align our thoughts and actions to God’s will and not our own will. (Acts 3:19 ESV Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out)

 

GOD FORGIVES

Whenever we sin, God is just and faithful to forgive us. We too must through Christ be faithful to not return to our sin, by repenting from wrong doing and endeavor to sincerely follow way of the Lord.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What Are Christians Saved From?

 

 

 

Romans 10:9,10,13 ESV
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved … 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What does it mean when somebody becomes biblically saved? What does Biblical salvation mean to the Christian and what are Christians saved from? Also – why is Biblical salvation important?

Biblical salvation is the means by which God provides redemption and deliverance from sin through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Biblical salvation is an act of God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ to provide man with eternal life and an eternal relationship with Him. Man cannot save himself, but only Jesus can save man because Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through” Him (John 14:6).

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Therefore, when a person becomes a Christian, what is the Christian saved from and why is it important for all non-Christians / non-believers to be saved?

The Christian is saved from the following:

(1) ETERNITY IN HELL – (Revelation 21:8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”)
Life on this earth is temporary. However, the “second death” as mentioned in Revelations 21:8 is eternal separation from God where people who have not been saved will spend an eternity in hell. Therefore a Christian is saved from eternity in hell while the non-believer will spend eternity in hell upon death on this earth.
(Matthew 25:46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.“)

(2) THE POWER OF SIN IN ONE’S PERSONAL LIFE – (Romans 6:5-7For if we have been united with Him (Jesus) in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him (Jesus) in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.)
Christ Jesus has saved us from the power of sin over our lives and we are given strength and the ability to overcome sin through the Holy Spirit. The Christian’s character and nature should resemble that of Jesus and not of the worldly lusts and sinful passions. Sin no longer has dominion over the true born again Christian.
(Romans 6:12-14Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.)

(3) THE WORRIES & INFLUENCES OF THIS WORLD – (Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)
The Christian is saved from such issues like anxieties, depression and the worries of the world for long as he/she is truly trusting in God. The peace of God is not necessarily the absence of problems or challenges, but the peace of God is an internal peace and tranquility in the midst of the problems. Therefore even though the Christian faces external problems, he is internally and spiritually confident in Christ that he will overcome the problems and he is not allowing such problems to negatively hurt him. The Christian continues to be governed by the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.)

(4) THE POWER OF THE DEVIL & THE DEMONIC – (Luke 10:19-20 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”)
The Christian is saved from demonic influences. For example, a Christian cannot be demon possessed. Instead a Christian has power in Christ Jesus to overcome demonic influences and attacks. The Christian is protected by God from the devils influences and God is able to provide a way out whenever we are tempted by the devil. (1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.)

(5) FROM THE WRATH & JUDGMENT OF GOD – (Romans 1:18-19For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.)
Sinful living does not please God and neither does He tolerate sin. A Christian is saved from facing God’s wrath and God’s judgment upon the unbelievers and those who would choose to live an ungodly life on earth. The non-believer will face condemnation while the Christian will not be condemned; therefore a Christian is saved from condemnation.
(John 3:18-20Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.)

 

GOD OFFERS SALVATION TO EVERY PERSON & NON-CHRISTIAN

2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God offers salvation to EVERY person who has not yet become a Christian. It is God’s desire that EVERYONE should have eternal life and that EVERYONE spend eternity in Heaven with Him as long as we accept, believe, repent & receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Salvation is a CHOICE that a person must choose to want. To refuse the Biblical salvation that God offers through Christ Jesus is to choose eternity in hell (and the 4 other points mentioned above). But to choose salvation through Christ Jesus is to choose eternal life with God.

 

HOW TO BECOME A GENUINE CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He paid for all your sins and came to save you from the power of the enemy so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him.

Romans 10:9-10 
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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