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The ABC's of Salvation

Nothing will change your life faster than a personal relationship with God. Some
people think that is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God's
plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand.
All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a
refusal to acknowledge God's authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live
a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. Since none of us is perfect,
all of us are sinners (Ro. 3:10-18). The result of sin is spiritual death (Ro. 6:23).
Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God's perfect standard
we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is
separation from God. The Bible says, "But your iniquities have separated you
from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
(Is. 59:2)

Because God loves each of us, He offers us salvation. Although we have done
nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. Jesus Christ is
the only answer to our sin problem that separates us from God. Jesus' death
on the cross paid the penalty for our sins and bridged the gap between God
and people. The Bible says, "Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for
the unrighteous, to bring you to God." (I Pe. 3:18a)

Come to Jesus for eternal salvation. The desire in your heart to be saved is
the Holy Spirit offering you the forgiveness of your sins and the gift of eternal
life. You can receive Jesus Christ and enter a right relationship with God right
now if you will admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and believe
that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and arose from the grave on
the third day.

Pray a prayer similar to this: "Dear Father, I know I am a sinner and need Your
forgiveness. I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, and I now
trust in Him and Him alone to save me. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins.
Thank you for giving me new life."


If you prayed this prayer, share your decision with a Christian friend, Sunday
School teacher, or pastor. Ask to be baptized as a public expression of
your faith. Get involved in a local church so that you can grow deeper in your
faith. Read your Bible every day to know Christ better. Talk to God in prayer
every day. Tell others about what Jesus has done for you.

If you would like more information about becoming a member of Southside,
click on this link: "How to Become a Member."

E-mail us at Southside Baptist Church




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