Sulphur Springs Baptist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017
established 1839

What must I do to be saved?

“Why is it that Christians are seemingly obsessed with people “getting saved”? Saved from what? After all, don’t all religions lead to Heaven? Since I am a relatively good person, do I really need to be saved?” These are some common questions about the doctrine of Salvation. We hope to answer some of these questions on this page and maybe answer some more that you have along the way.

When Christians talk about being saved, they are talking about being saved from their sins. Salvation happens for a person when Jesus Christ comes into their life and forgives their sins. Sin is simply defined as when we choose to follow Satan instead of God. God is Holy. We use the term Holy to describe God because it means both righteous and perfect, and it adds a connotation of being set apart. Because God is Holy, sin separates a person from God.
There is a stereotype that says that Christians believe themselves to be better than non-Christians, but in actuality, we are all sinners. God gave us the Ten Commandments as a way for us to see that we have sin. Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever used God’s or Jesus’ name as profanity? Have you ever dishonored your father or mother? Have you ever had sexual thoughts about someone that was not your spouse? Have you ever hated someone? Have you ever wanted something that belonged to someone else? Have you ever loved God with less than all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul? Have you ever loved your neighbor less than you loved yourself? These are just some examples, but if the answer to any of these is yes, then you have sinned. Romans 3:23 says:
 
     23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)
 
Our sin is an offence to God. Our sin separates us from God. As long as we have sin, we cannot have a relationship with God. The penalty of our sin is death. Romans 6:23 says:
 
     23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
 
The death described here is not only physical but spiritual. Spiritual death refers to Hell. Hell is a place that was created as an eternal destination for God’s enemy, Satan. It is a place of eternal regret, eternal pain, and eternal loneliness. Hell was not created as a place for man, but through our sin, we have aligned ourselves with Satan and deserve to share in his fate. God does not send people to Hell, but through our actions, people choose to go there. But the last half of Romans 6:23 alludes to
the fact that God had a plan to redeem us from our sin. Romans 5:8 says:
 
     8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJV)
 
While we were considered enemies to God, He still chose to redeem us by sending His Son to pay our debt. His love is so great for us that Jesus would have come even if there had only been one of us that needed saving. In John 3:16-18, Jesus said it this way:
 
     16 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.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NKJV)          
 
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world. We were all condemned already by our sins. Jesus came to redeem the world. Through Him, we can be saved from our sins. What did Jesus think about the “all roads lead to Heaven” idea? Look at what He says in John 14:6:
 
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (NKJV)
 
While many people search for different ways to get to God, they fail to realize that God came to us through Jesus. No amount of religion or good work can pay our debt. Only Jesus can. Since He lived here on Earth as a Man without sinning, He is the only person Who is qualified to pay the price for another person’s sin. And since He is the Son of God, His payment is extended to every person who will accept it. If you are trusting in something or someone other than Jesus for your salvation, you are going to come up short. Without payment, the debt of sin exists. Christ’s death pays for our debt when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-13 says:
 
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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (NKJV)
 
To be saved, we have to admit that we are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for us, and confess Him as our Lord and Savior through repentance. To repent means to turn around. When we allow Jesus to be our Lord, He leads us through the Holy Spirit away from the activities that separate us from God. We have the opportunity to have a “do over” in our relationship with God. Romans 12:1-2 says:
 
 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
 
We can become a new creation through Jesus’ power. We can leave the sin and the pain it causes behind and live a life that is full of joy. Would you like to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior today? Below is a prayer that can help you get started.
 
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
 
If you prayed that prayer and meant it, we want to know about it. Please email us at sulphurspringsbaptist@gmail.com or write to:
 
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church
331 Sulphur Springs Road
Conehatta, MS 39057