EC Discipleship Series

The Gospel Message

The Path to Salvation

Be Prepared

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

What would you say if someone asked you “How do I become a Christian?”

The truth is, few are prepared to answer this question adequately.

Invest the time to read this page and download the resources to keep on your mobile or in your bible for a quick reference. We desire all believers at Exchange Church to be equipped in understanding with clarity the gospel message so as the Lord opens the door to guide someone to Christ .

The Lord is the one who moves on a persons life to bring them to the point where they acknowledge they need a saviour, we are vessels used by the Lord to share the gospel message. We need to understand with clarity “What is the Gospel Message”.

God – Creator of everything, both in the physical realm and spiritual realm, creator of all humanity so we could be in relationship with God. Our relationship was destroyed because of sin.

Sin – Sin is going against God’s law, 10 commandments for example, because we have a rebellion spirit towards God, this separate’s us from God, of which the penalty is death.

Jesus – Sinless, Son of God, the only one that could pay the price for our sin, because Jesus is pure in all ways. The cost of our sin will be paid, either by us fronting God to receive the penalty of our sin or we accept Christ death on the cross in which He paid the penalty with His life and suffered the wrath of God that we deserved. For those that accept Christ as their savior He then stands before God to say the price of our sin has been paid in full as we are then clothed in His righteousness.

Jesus Risen – If Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave then there would have been no purpose in going to the cross. He did rise from the dead, conquered sin, death & satan.

Our Response –  The spirit moves in our life to convict us of our sin and the need for Christ to save us, we respond in faith accepting who  Christ is, the Son of God, acknowledging His sacrifice on the cross in which he took our place to pay the cost of our sins, believing He rose from death, conquered sin, death & satan. When these truths are in a persons heart and they then turn to the Lord calling out to Him, knowing its only through Christ and not of any works they can do to be saved, then they are a Christian. Once a person is saved, the discipleship journey begins, in which in joy, the person seeks to grow in the Lord.

The Roman Road to Salvation…

Let the scriptures guide you when answering the question “How do I become a Christian?”

Step 1

The Sin Crisis

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Here we establish  “all have sinned,”  their is no escape both from sin and the consequences of sin, until a person recognisers they are a sinner there is no road to salvation.

Step 2

Hope in Christ

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

The first half of the verse explains the depth to the consequence of sin.

However, the second half of the verse points to the hope sinners have for salvation through Jesus. This free gift is an expression of the enormous love God has for us, given to us through Christ, Gods Son.

Step 3

The Gift of Love

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

It is only through Christ we can be saved from our sins, our faith is in Christ alone for our salvation.

There is nothing you can do or add to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to save you.

Christ substituted himself, where He took on our sins, while giving us His righteousness and suffered the wrath of God that we deserved.

Step 4

The Sinner’s Response

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

Once we understand our need for a savior and recognize that Jesus Christ is that savior who conquered sin through death, who then rose again to have victory over death, sin & satan, then we can respond by calling out to Jesus.

Step 5

The Result of Salvation

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

Before faith in Christ, all who have sinned were condemned by their sin and destined for death. But now with faith in Christ, “there is no condemnation and believers are gifted eternal life with God.

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The Sinners Prayer

Acts 2:21

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Just speaking the words of a prayer saves no one, but when the spirit moves on a persons life  where they are convicted of their sin, recognising Jesus is the only way to salvation, then the prayer comes from a persons heart and yes they are saved by the confidence given to us in the scriptures.

What would a sinners prayer look like?…

God, I know that I am a sinner and that the wages of sin is death. I believe that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, as a payment for my punishment. I declare that Jesus is my Lord and profess my faith for salvation through the death and ressurection of Jesus. Thank you for your grace, forgiveness, peace, and gift of eternal life. Amen!

Repentance

Luke 13:3

No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Once a person has accepted Jesus as their Lord & Savour this is just the begining of the continual transformation in the work of the spirit in that persons life.

Repentance is a part of the DNA of a Christians life, where they say no to the world and yes to Jesus and his teachings in action and words. Repentance is turning away from sin and allowing the spirit to transform that person into a new creation, in which each day the person grows more Christ like.

In love, encouragement needs to be given to the new Christian about repentance, as often this is where the first struggles occur in which they need to understand this is  not unusual and we are all here to support them.

 

True or False Conversion?

Romans 8:16

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God

Only the Lord knows if a person is truly saved or not, we must be careful in our judgment recognising people come from a variety of backgrounds, in which for some the growth in being a Christian could be longer than others. People who were brought up in a church home the potential for them to grow quickly does exist because of the foundations laid over years. It is not unusual these days for people to have low or no knowledge about bibical truths. We must be careful not to presume what people know and in love guide them so as to help them obtain a strong bibical foundation in the Lord.

What is important in a new Christian’s life is the growth and the process of change which is taking place in which they are on a road of becoming more Christ like each day. Sometimes it could be two steps forward one step backwards. What you will observe over time is that sin is not minimized in the new Christians life as they seek to be more holy.

A person who doesn’t have a true conversion will be made obvious over time, its something we don’t have to seek out, rather we need to be that encourager along that persons journey in pointing them always to Christ.

Next Steps

2 Corinithians 5:17

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

After leading a person to the Lord speak to either Pastor Todd or one of the Elders. Take responsible for this new Christian in being an encourager in their life. Often a new Christian will have many questions, be there for them in this and don’t be concerned if you don’t have the answers, just say you want to check out the answer with the EC Eldership before giving it to make sure we are all on the same track.

Exchange Church does run a Life Explored course for new Christians in which we would encourage them to attend, you may also consider coming along with them as an encourager along their journey.

Encourage them in the disciplines required in a Christians life, church attendance so as to establish them within the body, personal bible reading and in their prayer life. The most valuable thing you can do is to keep connected with them and talk to them about their spiritual journey. Please remember you yourself are a part of the body within Exchange Church in which support is always available to supoport you along the journey as you support the new Christian.

Are you now prepared to answer the question “How do I become a Christian?”

If you have any doubts, concerns or questions then talk to Ps. Todd or one of the Elders.