What is the gospel?
The gospel is literally good news. Specifically, it is the good news of a Savior. The Savior is Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who came into this world to save us from sin and restore us back to God (Lk 2:10-11).
What is sin?
Sin is breaking God's moral laws and that stems from a failure to love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind, and strength. And a failure to love our neighbors as ourselves. We sin through our actions, our attitude, and in our very nature (Matt. 22:36-40).
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Why do we need to be saved or delivered from our sins?
There are consequences for our sinful disobedience. The first being everlasting separation from the goodness of God (2 Thess. 1:9). Secondly, we are subject to judgement and justice for every sin we have committed. Unless we receive mercy and forgiveness we are doomed to pay the full price of our sins.
How does Jesus save us from our sins?
Jesus, in absolute love for God and for us, unselfishly thought not of Himself, but voluntarily experienced the consequences of our sinfulness through His life and death on the cross (Phil. 2:3-11).
Jesus took on Himself the full judgement of our sin. He endured forsakenness by God (Matt. 27:46) and other people (Isa. 53:3), and suffered the full punishment that our sin deserved (Isa. 53:4-5). All this was accomplished so that we could have an entirely new relationship with God (Rom. 5:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:15).
Trusting in what Christ has done for us, through His life, death, and resurrection, we experience complete and total forgiveness from God (1 Cor. 15:1-4). We are transformed and our relationships are transformed.
We enjoy a never-ending fellowship with God both in this life and for all eternity (Jn. 17:3). Likewise, we have a new fellowship with other Christians now and for eternity (1 Thess 4:13-17). Instead of the selfishness that once ruled our hearts, we now seek to honor and serve God and to be a blessing to others. In short, we extend to others the love and forgiveness that we ourselves have experienced from God through the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 4:32).
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How do I trust Jesus to be my Savior?
The first thing to do is to know and believe the content above. The problem of sin. The work of Jesus taking on Himself your sins on the cross, taking the penalty you deserve so you can be forgiven and restored to God.
Now trust Jesus. - Believe that Christ's life, death, and resurrection is enough to secure for you a new relationship with God and have your sins forgiven. He is your Lord & Savior.
Lastly, follow Him. He is Lord and God of your life. Seek to obey everything He says. Grow in your knowledge of God & His love for you and live out the rest of your life growing in Love for others.
We offer this suggested prayer as an example of the kind of prayer one can pray to accept Jesus as one’s Savior.
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and am in need of a deliverer. I need forgiveness for having failed to love You with all my heart, soul, and mind and for failing to love others in the way that I love myself. I know that my sins have alienated me from You and others. I want You to deliver me from my sinful self-centeredness. I desire a truly loving relationship with You as my Father and others as my brothers and sisters. I trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone, as the only one who can save me from my sins."
Now that you believe, you are to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible reading, prayer, and worshiping with fellow believers. We also encourage you to develop a love for your brother and sisters in the faith through active participation in their lives, service, and mutual service for the Lord by participating in a Bible-believing church.
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