Plan of Salvation
To Our Friends:
We, as members of Denham Street Baptist Church would like to ask you the most important question of your life: and one that you must answer. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? This is not a question of how morally good or respected you are, if you have been baptized, or whether you are a church member; but simply are you truly saved: Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
In the Bible God gives to us his/the only plan of Salvation which means ‘to be born again or saved’. God’s perfect plan of Salvation is simple! You can be saved today: No matter what kind of life you have lived or are now living – and no matter how unworthy you may feel. How is that possible?
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:7, “Ye must be born again”. Nicodemus was a well-respected religious ruler during the Roman Empire. Yet, Jesus told him that, even he had to be born again. The same applies to each and every one of us.
First, you must realize and accept the fact that you are a sinner: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23. And you don’t have to feel that you are evil or unworthy for being a sinner; because, each and every person is born as a sinner.
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death”, Romans 6:23. This death is an eternal separation from God in Hell. “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”, Hebrews 9:27.
But God loved you so much that he gave His only Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. John 3:16 states…For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God allowed Jesus (who knew no sin) to come to earth as a mortal man,”…He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him“, 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Jesus had to shed His blood and die so that we, as his creation, may have eternal life. Leviticus 17:11 states…”For the life of the flesh is in the blood“. Hebrews 9:22 further states…”and without shedding of blood is no remission”. Mankind does not have the ability to understand how much Jesus Christ suffered for you and me – even while we were sinners “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”, Romans 5:8.
Although we cannot understand how, or even why, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. The fact is that Jesus Christ carried our sins to a cross of crucifixion for each and every one of us. Simply because he loved us that much!
But in order to receive forgiveness of our sins, we must acknowledge sin and repent to God. “God… commandeth all men everywhere to repent“, Acts 17:30. This repentance is a change of mind and heart that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross. In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “…’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried in a tomb, and whom God resurrected from that death. His resurrection powerfully and positively assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
Finally, you must confess to the world the wondrous mercy and grace of God. The Holy Bible states in the book of Romans 10: 9, 10, & 11 9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
Friends, we pray that you will make yourself an alter of repentance, humble yourself, and pray earnestly to God to forgive you of your sins. You do not have to repeat a ‘sinner’s prayer’, and you don’t have to have someone lay hands on you; just be honest with yourself and express to God your heart’s desire to receive him as your Lord and personal Savior. Please accept his Salvation today. Find a Bible believing church that will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We, the members of Denham Street Baptist want you to know that we are here to help you at any time; whether it is for prayer, for instruction concerning God’s word, or if you just want someone to confide in concerning the wonderful love of Jesus Christ. Please contact us anytime, and be assured, that we love you, we are here for you, and we are praying for you.
(All references are quoted from the King James version of the bible)