Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the New Life
Rescued from Separation from God (Salvation)
- “What is salvation?” It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God— “Jesus is my Master” — with our body and soul, embracing God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” (Romans 10:8-10, The Message Bible)
- “Why do I need it?” The Bible indicates:
- Romans 3:23- “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Sin isn’t just not keeping the Ten Commandments or doing wrong, but it literally means “missing the mark” of divine perfection. The mark is the standard of a holy and perfect God. Sin is our self-willed rebellion against, or rejection of, God. Because God is holy, when we sin we are hopelessly separated from God.
- Romans 6:23a- “For the wages [what you earned, or penalty] of sin is death, …” This death refers to spiritual separation from God because of the sin.
- Isaiah 64:6- “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags…”
Titus 3:5- “He saved us not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy.” No matter how hard you try, you could never be good enough to bridge the gap between you and God. You cannot get rid of your sin on your own.
KEY POINT: THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO TO MAKE OURSELVES RIGHT BEFORE GOD.
- Romans 5:8- “God demonstrates his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God gives us a way out! Jesus Christ died in our place.
- I Peter 3:18- “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” The death that we deserved because of our sin, he took on himself.
- John 3:18- “…he that does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” If you reject Jesus Christ, or his Good News (the Gospel), then you are still lost.
- Romans 3:23- “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- “How can I be rescued (saved)?”, or “How can I get into Heaven?”
- Know that God loves you. John 3:16- “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.”
- Know that you are separated from God because of sin.
Ephesians 2:8,9- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” We can’t save ourselves. There is only one way that brings us back to God.
- Know that Jesus Christ died for your sins. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, led a sinless life, yet chose to be punished in our place. The Bible’s perspective would be that Jesus is the ONLY WAY.
John 14:6- “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father but through Me”
Jesus, through his sacrificial death on the cross, paid the ultimate penalty we owed for our rebellion/ disobedience/ alienation and bridged the gap between God and people. God raised him to life again to prove that death was defeated. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 6:9)
Romans 6:23b- “… but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.”
KEY POINT: JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO COME TO GOD. NOTHING ELSE WORKS (Acts 4:12).
- You must receive Christ. God offers to forgive our sins and grants salvation (or, invites us to spend eternity in Heaven with Him) to all those who place their faith in Jesus— trusting His death as the payment for our sins. (Acts 10:43; John 5:24)
John 1:12- “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…”
Revelation 3:20 “Behold I [Jesus] stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
But it is your decision- no one can it make it for you. You must turn from your way, your will, and completely trust Jesus to save you.
- “How can I be sure I’m saved?”
- Admit that you have sinned (Romans 3:10, 23; 1 John 1:8-10).
- Believe in Jesus and receive Him as Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 5:8).
- Confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9, 13; Ephesians 2:8,9).
- Deal with your doubt (Romans 1:16; John 5:24, 10:27-29; 1 John 5:11-12). The Bible says that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Trust in God!
Salvation does not depend on feelings or an emotional experience. It comes when you believe what God has promised in His Word.
- “I’m saved, now what?” Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you?
The Bible Says…
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:12,13 (NKJV)
Receiving Christ , we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer… this is called regeneration or the “new birth”.
If you have invited Christ into your life, here are some simple helpful tips on how to grow in your new faith and deepen your relationship with Him; it is not a list of requirements to become a Christian or to stay a Christian. You have been saved by grace through faith, apart from any works of your own (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- Make sure you understand salvation.
- Set aside time each day to focus on God. Purposeful meditation on God is called Devotions.
- Through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God.
- By reading the Bible for yourself to learn more about God and His plan for you. The Bible is God’s Word to us. The Bible is essentially God’s instruction manual for how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him and satisfying to us.
- Find a good church to attend that teaches the Bible.
- The primary purpose of the church is fellowship with other believers of the faith.
- A second purpose of the church is to teach the Bible in service, Sunday School, and/or Bible studies.
- A third purpose of the church is worship, thanking God for who He is and for all He has done!
- Be baptized. The word “baptize” means to immerse in water. Baptism is the biblical way of publicly proclaiming your new faith in Christ for salvation and your commitment to follow Him. Baptism is not what rescues or saves you; it does not wash away your sins. Baptism is simply a step of obedience. If you are ready to be baptized, you should speak with a pastor.
- Develop relationships with people who can help you spiritually. Build friendships with others Christians. The church is a great place for growing deeper in your commitment with like-minded people who can assist in your accountability. This is called discipleship, learning to become a follower of Christ. If you live in a community without a church, you will need to pray for God to open opportunities for you to meet other Christians in your area.
- As a new Christian, help others. Demonstrate the love of Christ that now lives in you. Get involved in your church and/or your community through ministry opportunities.
- Tell someone about your faith, how you placed your trust in Jesus as the means of your forgiveness. Spread the good news of salvation (being rescued from separation from God) through Jesus Christ. Other people may come to faith in Jesus through the example you share.