What must I do to be saved?

Let the Bible answer that question. 
Here is how the disciple Peter answered the crowd on the Day of Pentecost:


“Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.”  Acts 2:38-39  RSV

Do you feel God calling you?

To learn more, we can follow the Romans Road of Salvation:

I.  Romans 3:10     As it is written:  “None is righteous, no, not one.”
II.  Romans 3:23     …since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
III.  Romans 5:8     But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
IV.  Romans 5:12     Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned –
V.  Romans 6:23     For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
VI.  Romans 10:9-10     …because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
VII.  Romans 10:13     For, everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

But why would God want to save a person like me?

Dove In a nutshell:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 
John 3:16-17

SingingSo what do I have to do to earn my salvation?

You can’t earn it.  It is a gift.  That is the best news - Jesus paid the price for you!

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 
Ephesians 2:8-10

Shouldn’t I pray, or something, now?

Yes.  Time is of the essence.  None of us is promised tomorrow.  First Corinthians 6:2 says:
 
“…Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 

If you desire to have a relationship with Jesus, say this little Prayer of Faith right now:

Dear Father God, I confess that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness.  I believe that Jesus died for my sin and rose from the dead.  Please forgive me for His sake.  In faith, I trust in Jesus as my only Savior and Lord, even as I turn away from sin.  I thank You God, for Your free gift of salvation that You have given me by grace.  With that same grace, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to daily follow and obey Jesus as the Lord and leader of my life.  Thank You God, for loving me, and giving me new life in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Thank You Lord, for sending the Holy Spirit to ignite the spark of faith in my heart that I need so desperately.  Lord, help me now grow in Christian faith, hope, and love.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Okay, what next?

For starters, you can contact us and request more information or ask for an appointment to speak with Pastor.  He can suggest the most appropriate learning opportunity for you at this time.  You have just taken the first steps on the most important journey in your life.  In general, here are the next steps to take:

1.  Talk to God in prayer every day.  Don’t worry about perfection; have a conversation!  See “Let us Pray….”
2.  Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.  Start with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
3.  Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.*
4.  Attend Bible Studies and Sunday school often; make them a part of your life and normal routine!
5.  Tell others about Christ.  Invite others to attend church and Sunday school with you.

 *You are cordially invited to attend Redeemer Lutheran Church, where Christ Jesus is preached and taught.

Pastor1Let us Pray….

In the morning when you get up, make the sign of the holy cross and say:

Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer:  I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.  (Then go joyfully to your work.)

At any time of day, and in any circumstance, it is appropriate to say:

The Lord’s Prayer:  Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen

In the evening when you go to bed, make the sign of the holy cross and say:

Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer:  I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.  For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul and all things.  Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me.  Amen.  (Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer.)Pastor greeting at door

Before eating, especially when rushed, you can say the:

Common Lutheran Table Prayer:  Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let thy gifts to us be blessed.  Amen.

Formal way to “say Grace” - the children and members of the household shall go to the table reverently, fold their hands and say:

Asking a Blessing Before Meals:  The eyes of all look to You, O Lord, and You give them their food at the proper time.  You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  (Psalm 145:15-16)  Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your good gifts which we receive from your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Also, after eating, they (we, I) shall in like manner, reverently and with folded hands say:

Returning Thanks After Meals:  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His love endures forever.  He gives food to every creature.  He provides food for the cattle and the young ravens when they call.  His pleasure is not in the strength of a horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear (respect) Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.  (Psalms 136:1, 25; 147:9-11)  We thank You, Lord God, heavenly Father, for all Your benefits, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  Amen.

On national holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day, you might say:

Prayer for Nation - God Bless Our Native Land:  God bless our native land!  Firm may she ever stand through storm and night!  When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave, do Thou our country save by thy great might.  For her our prayer shall rise to God above the skies; on Him we wait.  Thou who art ever nigh, guarding with watchful eye, to Thee aloud we cry, God save the State!  Amen.  (Charles T. Brooks, 1834; John S. Dwight, 1844.   From The Lutheran Hymnal, Copyright 1941; p. 577.)

candleWhat is Faith?

The Thorndike Barnhart Advanced Dictionary , second edition, 1974, defines faith as:  1  belief without proof; trust;  2  belief in God, religion, or spiritual things;  3  what is believed; doctrine or tenet;  4  a system of religion; creed:  the Christian faith.  5  a being loyal; faithfulness.  The Bible tells us that faith is necessary for salvation – and is required to enter into paradise.

In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to get to heaven and have eternal life?  What follows is one of the best explanations of faith ever – in a simple acronym:

 

 

CrossF is for Forgiveness.
Everyone has sinned and needs God’s forgiveness.

Romans 3:23:  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
God’s forgiveness is in Jesus only.
Ephesians 1:7:  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

A is for Available.
God’s forgiveness is available for all. 

John 3:16:  “God loved the world in this way:  He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
God’s forgiveness is available but not automatic.  In the seventh chapter of Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the crowds about bearing good fruit saying:
Matthew 7:21:  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
God’s will is that EVERY person would receive His mercy, believe and repent, and give thanks for His Grace.

treesI is for Impossible.
According to the Bible, it is impossible to get to heaven on our own.

Ephesians 2:8-9:  “By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.
So how can a sinful person have eternal life and enter heaven?

  

footprintT is for Turn.
If you were going down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she be asking you to do?  (Change direction.)

Turn means repent.  Turn away from sin and self.
Luke 13:3:   “Unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”
Turn to Jesus alone as your Savior and Lord.
John 14:6:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Here is the greatest news of all.
Romans 10:9-10:  “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.”
What happens if a person is willing to believe God's gospel, repent of their sins, and confess Christ?

sunriseH is for Heaven.
Heaven is a place where we will live with God forever.

John 14:3:  “When I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
Eternal life begins now with Jesus.
John 10:10:  “I come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

H can also stand for How.
How can a person have God’s forgiveness, eternal life, and heaven?  By trusting Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
If you have not already believed in Jesus as your only Savior and Lord, and desire to do so now, you can say a trusting “Prayer of Faith” right here:  click to follow the link to the Prayer of Faith.For immediate assistance with specific life issues, FREE pamphlets are available for download in PDF format from Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Project Connect website.  By clicking the banner, you will be taken to a different page where you will be able to browse dozens of topics and select the one best for a friend’s or your situation:

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