6563 East Harry’s Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Church: 231-946-5641 Pastors Cell: 231-649- 6424

 

God's Plan Of Salvation

1You must recognize that you have sinned against a Holy God. God’s Word says in Romans 3:10, 12, 23 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” “there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin (Adam’s sin has passed unto us.) entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” So you see, you must admit you have broken God’s Law and are a sinner.


2. Why are you a sinner? God’s Law is the knowledge of sin. You have broken His Law and have sinned against Him. You are guilty of breaking His Law. God’s Word says in Romans 3:19, 20 “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” This is why you are a sinner. All humans who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior, are lost guilty sinners.


3There is a penalty for breaking God’s Law, which is sin against Him. God’s Word says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death;” Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; (Adam’s sin has been passed on to you.) and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one (Adam’s sin has been passed on to you.) judgment came upon all men to condemnation;” (You are condemned.)Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” You must realize that this death is not only a physical death but a spiritual death, which is called the second death. The spiritual death (the second death) is a conscious, tormented existence in hell separated from God forever. Because you have sinned by breaking God’s Law, you deserve this spiritual death, which is hell.


4But there is wonderful news for you from God’s Word, a promise that he gives to all mankind. God became flesh and left heaven. Jesus Christ, who is the Lord God of heaven, was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life while on earth. And he did this all for you. Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died in your place, for your sins on the cross. He was buried but arose from the dead proving that He is the living Lord and Savior who took all your sins away. He paid the debt of sin for you. God’s Word says in Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 2Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;” 1Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” Isaiah 53:4, 5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Hebrews 10:12 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever…” Jesus Christ did it all for you to save you from your sins.He took the punishment on the cross for your sins.


5Now you must repent for your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus and the Apostles preached repentance. I believe that this is one of the steps in receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Repentance is often overlooked and is one of the problems in NOT having the joyful, blessed assurance of salvation. Repent means to change your mind about your sinful life, change your feelings about your sinful life, and have a change of purpose about your sinful life. You must have a changed course of action, desires, and attitudes about your sinful life. The Holy Spirit and God’s Word will help you in your repentance. Confess to God that you are sorry for your sins and that you want Him to change your sinful ways, and that you want to live a life for Him. Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mark 6:12 “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”


6There is NOTHING GOOD enough you can do to save yourself. Salvation is a free gift by the grace of God. It is like a gift at Christmas time, when you did nothing to earn it, but just received the gift that someone offered to you. You received it, took the gift, opened it up, and thanked them. Salvation is a free gift to you from God, by His grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the gift. There is nothing you can do to earn it. Baptism, confirmation, joining the church, giving money to the poor, and doing as many good works as you can, will never earn or buy your way into heaven. It is ONLY through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that saves you. God’s Word says in Ephesians 2: 8, 9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 5:15 - 18 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one (Adam) many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” “And not as it was by one (Adam) that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one (Adam) to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.” “For if by one man's offence (Adam) death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” “Therefore as by the offence of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” Read also Acts 4:12.


7Now you must receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 - 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 


Now if the plan of salvation is clearer to you, and you want to trust and receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can right now. Bow your head and pray to God. Simply tell Him that you understand that you are a sinner and that you are truly sorry for all your sins. Tell Him that you believe that He shed His blood and died for you and that you believe He is Lord and arose from the dead and is the True Living God.

Now the joy of your salvation truly depends on understanding that after you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will have eternal life if you died right now. Many people, after receiving Christ, still have doubts about HAVING eternal life. Let us look at some verses to help you understand that you HAVE eternal life and that you can KNOW for sure that you have eternal life.


God’s Assurance of Salvation
1John 5:9 – 13 “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, [it didn’t say hope so or I think so, it said you can know.] and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” John 3:15, 16, 18 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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.” “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”



Times of Service

Childrens Sunday School - 9:45 AM; Adult Sunday School - 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship - 11:00 AM; Sunday Evening - 6:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 PM

Nursery is available for all services

 


In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 4:4KJV