This is a message of salvation from Christ for all people. The message is that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has made a way for sinners to be forgiven and reconciled to Him.
The Bible says that Jesus died on a cross as payment for our sins. He bore our punishment so that we could be forgiven and live eternally with God (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24). We can accept this gift by placing our trust in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- 1 What is the importance of salvation in our lives?
- 2 What is the first step to salvation?
- 3 What is the gospel message of salvation?
- 4 We can never earn God’s favor with our works
- 5 What are the 3 P’s of salvation?
- 6 How do you present a salvation message?
- 7 Conclusion
What is the importance of salvation in our lives?
When we were born into this world, we were born with a sinful nature, and this nature has separated us from God.
Sin is the act of breaking God’s law and the wage of sin is death, so if we continue in this sinful lifestyle, we will die physically and spiritually (Romans 6:23).
However, God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us so that we could have eternal life in heaven with Him (John 3:16).
When we accept Jesus as our savior, we are saved from this sinful lifestyle and given a new nature by God Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Now that Jesus Christ has saved us, it is our job to live out our salvation by following his instructions throughout the scripture (Matthew 28:19-20).
What is the first step to salvation?
The main and first step to salvation by Jesus is to accept Him as your Savior. Jesus said that if you believe in Him, you will have eternal life (John 3:16).
This means that if you die without accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you will spend eternity separated from God in hell.
You must repent of your sins and be willing to turn from them. Repentance means that you turn away from your sins and turn toward God.
Repentance involves three steps:
Confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness.
Commit to turning away from your sins and making Jesus the Lord of your life (Romans 10:9-10).
What is the gospel message of salvation?
We are all sinners
The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
But we can be forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. He was punished for our sins, just as we would have been if we had been taken to hell. Jesus died for us, taking our punishment on himself.
When you realize your sinfulness and admit that you can’t save yourself from hell by being good enough or doing enough good deeds, then you realize you need a Savior — someone who can provide a way out of hell so that you don’t have to go there.
No matter what we’ve done or who we are, we can still be forgiven by God. Accepting Jesus as our Savior and asking Him to come into our lives, forgive our sins, and make us His children forever is the only way to live with Him.
Christ is the only way to salvation
Jesus said He could not do anything until after He rose from the dead. He was raised from the dead three days later, proving that He was Who He claimed to be—God incarnate, fully man, and fully divine (1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13).
If you believe in Him, then you will be saved from eternal damnation and enter eternal life as promised by God (Hebrews 6:17-18).
God’s grace is enough for us
Grace is God’s unmerited favor toward us.
“Grace” also means that God declares us righteous in His sight by imputing the righteousness of Christ on us (2 Corinthians 5:21). We were declared righteous before God because of what Jesus did on the cross (Romans 4:5-8).
Christians are saved by grace, so we are saved through God’s mercy, and not because of anything we have done or will do. It means that nothing we do can earn our salvation because God’s grace alone saved us.
For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this not of yourselves, but God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We can never earn God’s favor with our works
In the Bible, Jesus tells a story about two men who went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed, “God, I thank you I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, and hypocrites.”
Meanwhile, the tax collector stood at a distance and prayed in this prayer: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Who do you believe God preferred?
You cannot earn salvation by keeping the law or doing good deeds. Sin tainted all of our works, so they cannot save us from our sins or bring us into a right relationship with God (Romans 3:23).
God gives us everything freely because He loves us. He does not want us to earn His favor through our efforts because that would make Him a debtor to us, which He does not want. It’s not about what we do or don’t do; it’s about who we are and how He sees us.
What are the 3 P’s of salvation?
Jesus Christ himself celebrated the “first penitence”. The Gospels recount He spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying (cf. Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:12-13; Lk 4:1–2). We can also find many examples of penitence in the Bible, such as those of David and Samuel (cf. 2 Sam 12), or even Moses, who fasted 40 days (cf. Exodus 24).
Purification is the process by which God purifies us from sin. It’s a spiritual process, and it begins with our faith in Jesus Christ.
This is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:11: “And such were some of you, but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified for the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
We were sinners, but now we have been washed, sanctified, and justified through the blood of Christ.
Perseverance is the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). We define it as “steadfastness in doing a task despite difficulties or opposition.”
Jesus Christ was steadfast in his mission to fulfill God’s plan. He did not waver when he was persecuted and tortured, but remained faithful until his death on the cross.
The Bible teaches Christians to persevere in their faith even during great struggles.
How do you present a salvation message?
The best way to present the gospel is by using Scripture as much as possible. The Bible says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).
We must inform people that Christ died for their sins to be forgiven — not just past sins, but also future sins, if they accept His offer of eternal life.
There is much more to salvation in the Bible than we thought. This salvation is holistic, and it concerns all aspects of our lives, not just one.
This world is the outcome of our sins. We have to decide. Will we live an immoral life and likely go to hell, or will we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior?