How Do I Get Saved?
Learn what we mean about getting saved and how to do it.
How does one get 'saved'? This is the most important question that you will probably ever ask. It is essential therefore, that the answer be correct. Please find time to understand these concepts. Your eternal life depends upon it.
At this point, let's examine the word 'repent'. In The Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, the definition for the word 'repent' is 'To turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life.' Secondly it is defined as to feel sorrow, regret or contrition and change one's mind. The word 'repent' is not used very often today, so it is important to absorb the meaning of the word used in the verse.
You need to know that God loves you so much that He
gave His only son Jesus Christ to die on a Roman cross and pay the demanded
price for your sins. You must personally and individually accept this
free gift from God and confirm your belief in Jesus Christ by openly
confessing your faith in Jesus.
You need to become a child of God by receiving Jesus Christ and embracing the forgiveness of sins that is freely offered through the cross.
So let's take just a moment to recap. You must realize that you are lost, you have sinned and you have fallen short of the ability to be in the presence of God and that you need a savior. You must believe through faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He paid the price in full by willfully dying on a Roman cross and that He arose from the grave three days later totally victorious over sin and death. Then you must openly confess your faith in Jesus Christ and that you have accepted Christ as Lord and as your own personal Savior.
We cannot argue our case in front of a Holy and Eternal God. Do not be fooled. You cannot stand in front of the Judgment Seat of God and argue that you have been good and deserve to have your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. None of us is good enough to stay in the presence of Almighty God. But what a lawyer and defense team we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here's the important part. Are you ready?
If you truly believe these things in your heart, you can petition God with a Sinner's Prayer. There is no specific prayer that you must say. The following is just an example. But it must come from the heart and not just your lips. Words alone will not suffice. Throw open the gates of your heart and toss away any shields that you might be carrying around with you and surrender completely to His grace and accept His free gift of salvation. True freedom begins with absolute surrender to Him.
Father God, I come to you knowing and admitting to You that I am a sinner. I confess my sin and ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is your Son and that He died on the cross as a holy and fully atoning sacrifice for my sins. I believe that through His shed blood on the cross, I have eternal life. I willingly and completely throw open the gates of my heart and accept You as Savior. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul. I love you, Lord, and offer myself to You as a living sacrifice and I believe that I am now, right now, an adopted child of God. In the holy name of Jesus Christ I ask it. Amen
If you have prayed this prayer, or something similar and have meant it with all of your heart and you have done it gladly and willingly and in full realization of its phenomenal and life-changing and life-transforming significance, you may have just been saved through the Blood of the Lamb of God, which is Jesus Christ. If you have prayed this prayer with all of your heart and truly meant it with your spirit, we definitely want to hear from you. Please contact us.
Being saved from eternal separation from God is not as simple as thinking He probably exists and saying a quick prayer. It is a deeper and more meaningful experience than that. You have to let go of that comfortable shield of disbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ that you may have been carrying around with you. There is nothing you can do to save yourself. The Sinner's Prayer mentioned above or something similar to it will not save you either. The sinner's prayer is solely intended to get your spirit into a condition of surrender to God and to grab the attention of the Holy Spirit. It is He, that does the saving work through Jesus' death on the cross.
You must let this disbelief go and let it clang to the floor, surrendering completely to Him. You must drop this shield of disbelief and then pick up the Shield of Faith spoken about in Ephesians 6 (quoted below) as part of the Armor of God. In other words, say your own Sinner's Prayer with your heart, soul and mind and with your own words and not just your lips.
Your sins have been completely washed away. You have been spiritually 'Born Again'. You are a new creation. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (quoted below), if you are in Christ, you have actually just become an entirely new creation. It is important that you understand this concept of taking off the old self and putting on the new self, which is this new creation that Paul speaks of.
The Bible speaks of those who have been saved as becoming an adopted child of God.
Please also take the time to read the following verses, that will shed some much needed light on the concepts already discussed.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)
Ephesians 4:22 (New International Version)
Romans 6:6 (New International Version)
Colossians 3:1-17 (New International Version)
Once you have been saved, cleansed of sin and have been justified in the eyes of God, there is something else you must do. You must put on the full Armor of God. Satan will work hard to rob you quickly and you have to protect yourself. Let's take a quick look at the Armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (New International Version)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
The steps that you have just taken are the first steps in a brand new life, you are now a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)
Romans 12:2 (New International Version)
Now you should join a body of believers in Christ, keep reading the Bible and protect your new life. You should begin to regularly attend a Bible-believing church who preaches the Word of God. If you have just taken your first steps as a Christian and new believer, we definitely want to hear from you. Contact Us
The Short Version of How To Get Saved
The shortened and easier to remember version of how to get saved uses the first four letters of the English Alphabet. It is sometimes called the ABCDs of Salvation. Here are the ABCDs of Salvation.
Admit that you are a sinner. (see Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8 and Romans 6:23)
Ask God's forgiveness and repent of your sins. (See Romans 10:13 and Acts 3:19)
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. (See John 3:16 and John 14:6)
Become a child of God by receiving Christ. (See John 1:12-13, Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:23, Galatians 4:4-7, 1st John 3:1 and Revelation 3:20)
Confess that Jesus is your Lord. (See Romans 10:9-10)
Discipleship After confessing and receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are in need of some discipleship. Discipleship is the very personal activity of two or more persons helping each other experience a growing relationship with God. In other words, it is learning about Christ, following Jesus and His teachings and growing in Him. The ABC's of getting 'saved' are not enough to keep you close to Him in your walk.
Effective discipleship consists of a few main areas of emphasis. First we must institute a systematic study of the Word of God. Discipleship should have a cross-generational approach, emphasizing the fact that discipleship begins at birth and ends at death. Discipleship should be focused on changed lives and it should be relationship-driven and not be just a classroom-only study time.
If you have taken these steps of your own will and really meant it with all of your heart and would like someone to pray with you, you may contact us at Grace Family Church in Waterboro, Maine, you may contact the Assembly of God church that is closest to you or you may call the Assemblies of God National Prayer Center toll free at 1-800-4Prayer (1-800-477-2937).