Plan of Salvation
Salvation is the most important aspect of becoming a Christian because it brings a person back into a relationship with God. For a non-believer, especially someone struggling with the need for being saved, it is very important to understand a plan of salvation has been provided in the Bible and through Jesus Christ. Often, especially with young children, this plan is presented in the form of the ABCs. The "A" stands for the admission of being a sinner and committing sins. The "B" stands for believing in Jesus as the Son of God who was sent to die, resurrect and to atone for the sins of mankind. The "C" stands for confessing belief in Jesus to others so that others may know eternal life is available to them as well. Verses or scriptures in the Bible can shows someone how to become a Christian. The main verses used to explain God's saving power fall in some of the New Testament books of the Bible, especially Romans. Learn God's Word by taking this Salvation Bible Quiz.
Many may wonder what it means to be saved, and why people need to be saved. Salvation is the act of a person being delivered or released from sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus was sent, as the Son of God, to live and walk the Earth to teach others about the love and power of God. He became the sacrifice that allows anyone who accepts him to be born again and renewed by His blood: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Using the plan of salvation is a great way to begin a walk with God. God's plan explains exactly how to seek and ask forgiveness of sins. There are no questions or mysteries involved with being saved. If someone admits their sins, believes in Jesus as their Savior, and confesses His name as a witness to others, they will be saved from sins and the fires of Hell.
When people want to share the Lord with others who don't yet know Him, they will find that there are many helpful ways to evangelize. One of the most effective methods of presenting the plan of salvation is using the "Roman Road." This method uses scripture passages from the book of Romans that help a person become a Christian. The basic idea behind these verses is to explain to someone the need to be saved in order to live eternally in Heaven instead of Hell. Death is inevitable when sin is not forgiven. These verses also convey the idea that everyone can be saved if they only believe because Jesus was sent to die for everyone. It is also necessary for the person seeking eternal life in Heaven to know that Heaven can not be reached by doing good works on earth. Getting to Heaven includes seeking forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. To further explore how to have a relationship with God, visit these Bible resources.
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). This passage in the Bible, written by Paul, conveys the need for being saved, especially in dealing with the evils of the world. After taking part in the plan of salvation, an individual will often come in contact with evil forces or spiritual warfare. Satan and other demons do not want to allow anyone to escape Hell and live eternally in Heaven. It is the plan of Satan to attack and cripple anyone that has a heart for God. As Satan attacks with this spiritual warfare, an individual must use a helmet of salvation as a form of protection and security against the tricks and lies of Satan. By putting on the helmet or taking a stand, an person is much stronger than any demonic forces or powers that might try to interfere. Also in this verse there is mention of the "sword of the Spirit" which is to be "the word of God." It is amazing, as a Christian, to see the power, authority, and strength than can be gained by having faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 54:17).
It is impossible to achieve eternal life without being saved by Jesus. Therefore, the plan of salvation is a vital part of beginning a relationship with God. Jesus was sent to die on the cross and rise again so that everyone would have an opportunity to live eternally through accepting Jesus as their personal savior. There are no shortcuts or alternate routes. Thus, for someone to be saved, he or she must admit to being a sinner, believe in Jesus as the Son of God and redeemer of mankind, and confess these beliefs to others. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Born Again ChristianAfter one has become a born again Christian they have entered into a close communion with the Lord. Many times new believers will not know what to do after the act of accepting Christ, especially if lacking in fellowship with other believers. Therefore, in order for babes in Christ to grow in a relationship with their Saviour, guidance is required to teach, encourage, and inform those new to the faith about what to expect. Christianity is not based on an individual's performance like many religions, but rather based on one's personal relationship and communion with the Lord.
First and foremost, young believers need to realize that even though they have been forgiven and have assurance of an eternal home in heaven, life on this earth will, on occasion, be difficult. The world scoffs at a born again Christian. The Lord cautions that life will not be easy, but rather the contrary. Topmost amongst tips for new Christians is to expect resistance from non-believers, and in some cases verbal or physical persecution. Within churches and groups of believers it is typical to hear a life of faith described as one of mountains and valleys, or spiritual highs followed by times of discouragement. Satan does what he can to discourage and dissuade all believers, especially new Christians as young believers are not yet strong of faith or accustomed to 'hearing' from God.
For one to grow in a relationship with Christ, communication with Him is necessary and can be accomplished through Bible reading and prayer on a regular basis. A born again Christian stepping out into a new life of faith should acquire their own copy of the Bible as soon as possible and prayerfully begin reading the inspired words. These are valuable tips for new Christians as becoming familiar with the Word of God is vital for spiritual growth since the Lord speaks through the Scriptures. Young believers might not know how to pray, or even wonder if God will take the time to hear individual praises and petitions. Prayer does not have to be difficult as talking to God is as simple as talking to another person. Patterned prayers can be helpful for new believers to become accustomed, but should by no means become habitual. In God's Word people are challenged to pray without ceasing, meaning pray throughout the day, whether petitioning for someone's soul, or sending up a word of thanks for a stranger's smile.
In addition to regular prayer and Bible reading, one of the tips for new Christians is to find and take part in a local church. Fellowship with other believers of like faith is necessary and not to be forsaken. New believers must realize that the value of a church resides in the people, not the structure of a building. Therefore, when seeking out a church to attend, new Christians must not only keep an open mind, but be discerning enough to find fellowship with others who are sincere and take part in worship that glorifies God. There are so many types of churches that a young believer might think that finding one that fits to be a daunting undertaking. However, a tip for new Christians is to find out what is the best type for them by visiting several and talking with the pastor or pastors and the people who attend, in order to find out where the church's heart lies. A new believer must be sensitive to God's guidance and understand that finding the right place of worship might not come immediately, but not to become discouraged; the Lord leads people to where He wants them.
A new child of Christ has embarked on a faith based journey with the destination being closer communion with the Lord. This can be hard for born again Christians as trusting God with one's soul, life, and giving everything over to Him requires dying to selfish wants and ambitions daily. Christ told the disciples that giving up everything, paying no heed to earthly treasures or social status was and is necessary to follow Him. Giving one's heart over to Christ can be one of the most difficult concepts as it involves giving over control, but among the tips for new Christians is that God will bless the giving up of control which ultimately leads to the strengthening of faith.
Taking a course in Bible study can be an excellent investment for new Christians as doing so aids in the reading of the Scriptures and how to listen for God's voice. For this reason small group Bible study, in addition to personal study and worship services are important as they provide an environment for babes in Christ to be nurtured by seasoned believers. Desire for God's Word and a discerning mind will grow; desire needs to be cultivated, discerning minds developed and shaped over time and through experiences.
God will never leave or forsake those who come to Him; a fact born again Christians must keep in mind. A child of Christ has been sought out, and in the same way He wants those who come to Him to do so with a searching heart and mind, " And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). The Lord knows, one could even say expects, that despite being forgiven, believers will continually turn from and disappoint Him. While it is important to serve the Lord with one's whole heart, mind and life, He remembers that humans are as dust. A born again Christian should know that Christ exists outside of time and therefore knows how many times His followers will turn from Him. The Lord is merciful, and is always ready to forgive those who ask forgiveness. God forgives those who are truly repentant and desires, in fact longs for, the attention of His children and is willing and wants to bestow blessings on those who ask with the right intentions.