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Are You Saved?

Are you going to heaven when you die?

This is not a question of how good you are, whether you go to church, or how much money you give to charity. In order to go to heaven, you must be "born again."

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (John 3:3 NIV)

How can I be Born Again?

In the Bible, God gives us His clear road map for being “born again.”

Here's what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.

    No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God's desire for us to be holy.

    "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23 NIV)

    "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--" (Romans 5:12 NIV)

    "If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." (1 John 1:10 NIV)

  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).

    The word “repent” means to change your direction in life. Instead of running from God, you can run toward Him.

    Jesus said: "I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." (Luke 13:5 NIV)

    "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30 NIV)

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

    "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." (John 3:16 NIV)

    "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 NIV)

    "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." (Romans 10:9 NIV)

  4. Invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Lord and Savior.

    Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart.

    Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

    "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:10 NIV)

    "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13 NIV)

Maybe you're reading this today and you've never committed your life to Jesus Christ. You don't know His forgiveness. You don't know that you would go to heaven if you died right now. You can open the door of your life to Christ by expressing your faith to Him in prayer. Why don't you ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you? The following prayer may express your desire, but it is not enough just to say the words. You must mean it from your heart:

Right now, lift your heart to God and pray:

“Father God, Thank you for making me and loving me, even when I've ignored you and gone my own way. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross at Calvary. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for my sins.

I am now willing to turn from my sin and change my way of living, but I need your help. I invite You to come into my heart and my life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.

I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace.

In Jesus' name. Amen.”

You are encouraged to say this prayer aloud in faith, for it is through prayer - talking to God - that you can express your faith in Christ and the promises of His Word.

If you have sincerely invited Jesus Christ into your life, you can now have confidence that He is in your life and has given you eternal life as He promised. Welcome to God's family.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--" (John 1:12 NIV)

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.

As a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.

    "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)

    "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path." (Psalms 119:105 NIV)

    "Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me." (Psalms 119:133 NIV)

  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.

    "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22 NIV)

    "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a Bible-believing church.

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19 NIV)

    "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

    "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness," (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

  4. Tell others about Christ.

    "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." (Mark 16:15 NIV)

    "Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! " (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

    "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1:16 NIV)

Your new spiritual life, however, needs care just as your physical life does. If you sincerely invited Jesus Christ into your life, you will want help with your growth as a Christian.

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Receiving Christ into your life is only the first step in what will be an exciting journey, and this guide will help steer your first steps. With practical suggestions for moving forward in living out your faith, you'll find the foundation you need for building a solid relationship with Jesus Christ.