A FEW COMMON QUESTIONS

HOW ARE WE SAVED? WHAT DO WE DO? WHAT DOES GOD DO?

To receive salvation, we respond to the gospel by repenting, believing, and allowing Christ to be Lord of our life, but it is ultimately God’s grace that saves us. He is the one that redeems us, or saves us from our sin and its consequences. He also does the work of atonement (being reconciled to God), sanctification (the process of being made holy), and justification (being pronounced as righteous or blameless before God), which are all part of the process of salvation.

We believe:

John 3.1-21 – “...that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life...For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life...Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.”

John 6.29 – Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent."

John 11.25 – Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

Acts 16.31 – They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved...”

We respond (belief, repentance, baptism):

Mark 16.16 – “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Acts 2.38 – Peter replied, "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.”

Romans 10.9-10 – That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

It is important to note that the way we respond (prayer, baptism, etc.) is not as important as how genuine we are in our response. See How to Become a Christian for more information.

We follow/obey Jesus:

John 8.12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 8.31-32 – To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

We deny self/make Jesus Lord:

Matthew 16.24-25 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”

Matthew 19.16-30, Luke 18.18-30 – Story of the Rich Young Ruler

What God does for us:

Galatians 3.13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us...

Colossians 2.13-14 – He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 1.21-22 – Once you were alienated from God,and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

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