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The Plan of Salvation

We want to share with you how you can be saved and know you are going to Heaven. This is the most important decision you will ever make.

Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

God tells us in the book of Romans, (and throughout the Bible) that there are four things a person needs to know to be saved.

  1. All have sinned, and are separated from God. That means if you consider yourself a "good" person before God, you aren't ready to be saved. Every one of us has broken at least one of God's ten commandments. Therefore, we are all sinners.

    Romans 3:10, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."

    Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

    Isaiah 64:6,"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."

  2. The price for sin is death and hell. The consequence of our sin is eternal separation from a righteous and holy God.

    Romans 6:23a, "For the wages of sin is death."

    Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

  3. The good news is: Jesus paid the sin debt for all who will place the trust in Him as Savior. Notice in Revelation 21:8 above it refers to the unbelieving. The greatest sin of all is rejecting Christ, the blameless, Lamb of God Who suffered on a cross to pay our sin debt that we could not pay.

    Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

    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."

    Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

    Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

    Since Jesus is willing to take you right now, just as you are, and forgive you your sins and come into your heart to save you, would you be willing to bow your head right now, and ask Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of your life? Only then will you find true peace, true completeness, true hope, true joy.

    Pray something like this: Dear Jesus, I confess I am a sinner deserving death and hell. I believe You rose from the dead on the third day and that the sacrifice You made with Your own blood on the cross was the only acceptable payment for my sin. Please come into my heart, and be my Lord and Savior from this day forward. Lead, guide, and direct my steps daily. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

  4. The words you say do not save, Jesus does. Put your faith in him. Then get yourself a Bible and read the book of John. If you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior as a result of reading this, please e-mail us and let us know

    "All my life long I had panted For a draught, from some clear spring, That I hope would quench the burning Of the thirst I felt within. Hallelujah! I have found Him Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings Thru His blood I now am saved."

    From the song, Satisfied, by Clara Tear Williams.

Steve & Teri Maxwell's Testimony

Written by Teri

For many years of my life, I believed I was a Christian. I attended church on Sunday. That was the basis for labeling myself as a Christian. However, church was as far as my intimacy with Jesus went. There was no day-to- interaction with Him except for a regular commitment on Sunday to harder at doing what I thought I ought to be doing.

Not long after Steve and I were married, while still in college, we began attending a small church in our college community. Steve had met the pastor, a very sound biblical preacher, at the radio station where he worked. This was a radio station aimed at college students. However, because of financial need, they allowed this pastor to purchase a daily half-hour time slot, the students were mostly in class.

Steve would work equipment and listen to the Bible being taught. He was challenged by he heard and even began to ask the preacher some questions. amazed that the preacher never gave his own thoughts in answer but always reply, "Right here in the Bible, it says..." Soon we were visiting this church.

While we determined to fit in with the crowd calling the others "Brother" and "Sister," it became evident to both Steve and I that we were not as they would say, "saved." This was a new term to us, but we didn't sit under biblical teaching long before we learned what it meant.

It took a while longer for us to become convinced that thinking we were Christians was not enough to qualify as being "saved." I believed I hadn't been too "bad" and certainly didn't see myself as a sinner. I really thought I was as good as most other people and much better than many! As far as the faults I did have, I just needed to try a little harder.

A verse that was instrumental in our change of thought was James 2:19 which says, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." We came to realize that the devils' belief was simply an understanding of a fact. They knew the fact that Jesus was God, but knowing that fact does not save a person. Salvation requires repentance and life-changing faith in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation means making Jesus the Lord of my life.

The following verses were instrumental in bringing me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They pointed out my own sinful condition and the consequences of that sin. They also showed me that I wasn't able to try hard enough to be good. Salvation was a gift of God that came to me through His grace. I had to first believe it, and then act on it.

Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 5:8-10, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

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."

Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

Within a few short weeks of each other, both Steve and I did exactly what Romans 10:9-10 says. We saw ourselves as sinners in desperate need of a Savior. Then we confessed Jesus with our mouths, believing in our hearts that God had raised Him from the dead.

I encourage you to consider for yourself whether you have followed Scripture and truly have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.