The message of the Gospel is simple and yet difficult at the same time. It is simple because God’s Word is very clear about what it takes to become a follower of Christ, yet it is a message that can be difficult to swallow. It requires acknowledging something things that some people do not want to admit. In order to be saved, you must:
> 1. Recognize that God is holy.
“There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.” – 1 Samuel 2:2
> 2. Realize that you are a sinner.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
> 3. Respond by acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. He is the only way by which you can be saved. There is nothing that you can do on your own to be saved.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
> 3. Repent of your sins.
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:8-9
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” Acts 16:31
> 4. Relinquish your life to Him.
“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” – Romans 10:9-10
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.. ‘- 1 Corinthians 19:20