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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 not only be equipped in understanding the gospel message to share with others, but also for yourself to have a solid foundation & conviction in why you are a Christian.

The Lord is the one who moves in a person’s life to bring them to the point where they acknowledge they need a saviour; we are the vessels used by the Lord to share the gospel message.

We need to understand with clarity “What is the Gospel Message”.

GodCreator of everything, both in the physical realm and spiritual realm. God created all of humanity so we could be in relationship with Him. Our relationship was destroyed because of sin, which entered the world through Adam, the first created human. Acts 17: 24-28

SinSin is going against God’s law; His Word, the bible defines what sin is and when we do sin, the 10 commandments for example. When we sin, our spirit is in rebellion towards God, separating us from Him and bringing the penalty of death. Without being honest about our sin, we are unable to come to God. The cost of our sin will be paid either by us receiving the penalty of our sin, or by accepting Christ’s death on the cross.  For those that accept Christ as their saviour, He then stands before God to say the price of our sin has been paid in full as we are clothed in His righteousness. James 1: 14-15

JesusFully God and fully man; the sinless Son of God who is the only one that could pay the price for our sin, because Jesus is pure in all ways. He paid the penalty of our sin with His life and suffered the wrath of God that we deserved.  Jesus will return clothed in His glory. 1 John 1:19,   John 8:36

Jesus Risen If Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave, there would have been no purpose in going to the cross. He did rise from the dead, conquering sin, death and Satan. Matthew 28: 5-8

Our ResponseThe Holy Spirit moves in our life to convict us of our sin and our need for Christ to save us. We respond in faith, accepting that Christ is the Son of God; acknowledging he took our place on the cross to pay the cost of our sins; and believing He rose from the dead conquering sin, death and Satan as we received His rightteousness. When these truths are in a person’s heart and they turn to the Lord with a heart to repent from their sin, then, they are a Christian. They know it is only through Christ this is possible and not of any works they can do. Once a person is saved, the discipleship journey begins, where a person seeks to joyfully grow in the Lord. Titus 2: 11-14

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”; there is no escape either from sin or its consequences. Until a person recognises 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 of the consequence of sin death.

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

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

Christ substituted himself – taking on our sins, suffering the wrath of God that we deserved, while giving us His righteousness.

It is only through our faith in Christ we can be saved from our sins.

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

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 saviour and recognise all that Jesus Christ has done for us, we can respond by calling out to Him.

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 had 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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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 the Pastor’s or one of the Elders.