THE NEED FOR A SAVIOR
You might ask yourself, “What do you mean by the need for a Savior, why do I need a Savior?” Great question! To say you need a Savior means you need to be saved, but saved from what? Saved from sin and saved from yourself. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” According to the Bible, the meaning of sin is to “miss the mark”. We can all agree that when it comes to meeting God’s requirements, we all “miss the mark” therefore we are all sinners. Romans further states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Why do you need a Savior? Because we are all sinners, and it is the original sin and our continual sin that separates us from God. But as mentioned previously, God’s gift to us is eternal life by His Son if He becomes your Savior. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Simply stated, we are all sinners in need of a Savior; we cannot satisfy God’s requirements on our own because even our own righteousness is considered “filthy rags” in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6), but if we believe in God’s Son – Jesus Christ, we can be saved.
How do I get saved? Some people make this more complicated than it really is, but the Bible speaks on “believing” in Jesus in order to be saved (Acts 13:38; 16:31; Romans 10:9). In other words, aside from Jesus, there is no one, or nothing else, that can ever save an individual (Acts 4:12) of eternal separation from God. When a person believes, they come to a point in their life of admitting their sin. Therefore when you come to a point of believing that Jesus died for your sins, you simply admit it – or confess it. Jesus said “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32,32)
How do I confess and admit to God? It’s a simple prayer that goes something like this: Dear Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Please forgive me for all of my sins. I accept Your death on the cross as the penalty of my sin. I confess You as my Savior. I ask that You fill me with Your love. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to do Your will in my life. Holy Spirit I pray that You enter into my life as I surrender to You. Father, I thank You for Your gift, Your love, and Your peace upon my life. In Jesus name, amen! If you said that simple prayer and it was true from your heart, then you are now a born-again believer that has eternal salvation in the family of God. Congratulations!!
Just like a newly planted tree that needs care and nourishment, after getting saved it’s imperative that proper care and nourishment is obtained for a new believer.
Therefore we strongly encourage 3 things:
1. Get “rooted and grounded in love” for the Word of God.
Find a church that teaches the Bible and makes the Word of God a priority. It’s important that you learn from God’s Word, the Bible, about His character. The Bible also teaches us how we should also live and how we should treat others. For starters, you might consider reading the Gospel of John.
2. Get together with other believers – we call that fellowship.
The writer of Hebrews teaches us that we should not neglect meeting together, but we should meet and encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:25) Fellowship is very important because we can all help each other. (Proverbs 27:17) It’s also important to find other Christians and let them know that you’ve dedicated your life to Jesus Christ. Get involved with other Christians who are like-minded and will encourage you.
3. Spend time with God – we call that prayer.
The only way you can get to know someone is to communicate with them. Prayer is simply communicating to God. We encourage you to talk with God, let Him know how you feel, ask Him questions and for direction in your life – simply put, have a conversation with God on a daily basis.
We believe that these three things: the Word of God, fellowship, and prayer are instrumental in the development and growth of a healthy new believer. Therefore we encourage you to take these important steps of this new beginning of your life in Jesus Christ. Once again, welcome to the family of God!