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THE FOUR R’S OF SALVATION

REALIZE, REPENT, RECEIVE, REVISE

 

 

 

 In the 16th Chapter of Acts, the jailor asked Paul and Silas the most important question anyone can ask; "What must I do to be saved?"  You may expect an in-depth answer with things like: be baptized, join a church, be better than the person next to you, do many good deeds etc.  The answer may surprise you.  Paul simply said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved." 

 

            A person’s greatest need is to make connections with the right people.  Many, without knowing it, need to be connected to Jesus Christ.  It is through Christ we have true lasting and meaningful life.  How does one come into a personal belief in Jesus?

 

1. Realize – First a person must realize our basic problem.  The problem we each have is sin.  Sin is any and all disobedience toward God.  When we think of sin, most of us think of things like murder, rape, adultery and the like.  However, sin is also anger, lust, disobeying our parents, lying, gossip, drunkenness, hatred and on and on.  The Bible assures us that we have all sinned (Romans 6:23).  The problem with sin is it separates us from God.  It is as if a huge chasm has been placed between us and God.  Our hearts long for Him but our sin separates us from His Presence. 

 

 

2. Repent – Do you feel hopeless and helpless?  Do you realize there is much more to life than you are living?  Once you realize you are a sinner, you but be willing to turn from your sin and change your behavior.  This is called repentance.  The Bible tells us if we repent from our sins God will wipe out our sins and give us times of refreshing (Acts 3:19).  Repentance involves being genuinely sorry for your actions and a willingness to put your old life behind you and follow the ways of God.   

 

 

3.  Receive – As a person repents, they are in a place to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and make Him the Lord or boss of their lives.  How do we do this?  It is by faith.  We must believe in our hearts that God sent His Son, Jesus.  We must believe in our heats that He died for the penalty of our sin, and that God raised Him to life on the third day (Romans 10:9-10).  This belief is more than head knowledge.  This belief will change who you are and how you act. 

 

In faith, walk over the bridge Jesus has made through His death and trust in Him and him alone. 

            While there is no magical prayer to say that will bring you salvation, this is your day of salvation. Therefore, celebrate your new birth.  I would encourage you to pause and tell God how you feel.  Tell God how grateful you are to Him.  Thank Him for sending His Son into this world.  Ask Him to strengthen you and give you power to live a changed and transformed life.  Tell Him you are sorry and you have decided to follow Him and make Him the Lord (or boss) of your life.

 

4.  Revise – As a person places their faith and trust in Jesus, they become a new person.  It does not mean we will never sin or never fail.  It means that we strive in every aspect to please our Heavenly Father as a son pleases his earthly father.  It means that sin grieves our heart and we willingly ask for forgiveness.  The Bible says you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Your act of belief must lead to a change in behavior.  As you live your new life of surrender, you will need some guidance.  First, begin to read the Bible.  I would encourage you to begin reading the Gospel of John.  This is the fourth book of the New Testament.  If you are not sure where to find the Gospel of John in your Bible, look in the index and you will find it.  Secondly, begin to pray.  Prayer is simply talking to God.  Tell Him everything at all times.  Thirdly, find a Bible based church.  You need fellowship to grow.  Get plugged in and learn of God.  Fourthly, get baptized.  Baptism is an act of obedience.  Through baptism, you pledge your life to Christ and confess Him publicly. 

            Finally, I would love to hear from you.  Send me an email at pastor@fsbcdc.com.  If you do not have a Bible, let me know I will get one to you.  Also, I would love to send you a free gift that will help you grow in your life of faith. I look forward in hearting from you very soon. 

 

For a more in-depth look at salvation, check out my blog at http://gregsavage.blogspot.com/.  Look under the title “Salvation.” 

 

 

 

 

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