Hagood Avenue Baptist Church
God's Plan For You
1144 Hagood Avenue, Barnwell, SC 29812
|Hagood Avenue Baptist Church
1144 Hagood Avenue ~ Barnwell, SC ~ 29812
Office: 803-259-3261 Fax: 803-259-3261
WHAT IS SALVATION? How does one gain salvation? What does it mean to be saved? Saved from what? Saved
for what purpose? How can we know that we are saved? How does salvation apply to our daily life now, and in the
The Holy Bible is the Word of the Almighty God. He is the creator of the heavens and of the earth and of the seas, and
of everything in them except sin and its consequences. God's Word defines a condition which He calls Salvation. That
salvation is the special object and purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
Salvation according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically means the spiritual and eternal deliverance from our sins
and from the penalty for our sins. It includes God's gift of eternal life and the fact of the indwelling Presence of God
within the believer's heart and life.
Salvation is immediately granted by God to all who accept His conditions of repentance, and of faith in our Lord Jesus
knowing, that we ARE saved, and that we have God's Presence within us.
Repentance means to turn away from our sins, and to turn to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
Understand that the Word of God Almighty, i.e., all of the Holy Bible, is the revelation from God and that there is no
error in His Word. The word "Gospel" means good news. The Gospel of Christ then is the good news that God gave
mankind a Savior, Jesus.
In the New Testament Book of Romans chapter 1 verse 16, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is said to be the power of God
unto SALVATION, to everyone that believes. Meaning "...that believes on Jesus Christ."
In the New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 5 verse 9, it states that He (Jesus Christ) became the author of eternal
SALVATION unto all them that obey Him.
In the New Testament book of Saint John, the Lord Jesus Himself said in John 5:24: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation, but
is passed from death unto life." Again, in the book of John, Jesus said in John 6:47: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
In the book of Matthew (11:28-29) the Lord Jesus said: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto
n the Gospel of Jesus Christ, He invited every one who has a load of guilt and unrest because of their sins, to come to
Him. He promised that He will give them rest.
The Gospel of Christ requires TWO steps in order to be saved, i.e., to gain SALVATION from God. First, to believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly, to be baptized in water. Mark 16:15-16: "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..."
Romans 10:9, the Apostle Paul described in detail exactly HOW to be saved, (synonomous to being born again, John
3:3-5): "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." Again, notice that there are TWO steps involved: i.e., confessing the Lord
Jesus with our mouth, AND believing in our heart that God has raised him from the dead. Now notice Romans 10:10:
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteouness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Romans 10:9-10 is how one fulfills the requirements in Mark 16:16, as noted above. Any time ANYONE sincerely does
that in true faith, God IMMEDIATELY grants SALVATION. When that happens, many wonderful things happen to and
for that believer, even though they may not know what they are, or even that they happen. We are saved by God's
grace through faith; not by our intellect, ability, or any merit.
John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me."
"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. Again, 2 Peter 3:9: "The Lord ...is not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance."
In His Word, God urges: "...behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of
salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2.
Therefore, if we confess our sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and confess Him as our Lord with our mouth,
believing in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead we shall be saved.
Oh, such peace! Such joy! There is no peace and there is no joy like the peace and joy that God freely gives to
everyone that comes to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Dear reader, if you have not yet received SALVATION from God, and His gift of eternal life, please do so today. He will
forgive you for your sins, and remove your guilt and give you peace. Would you like to have the peace of God, and the
joy of God in your heart and mind? You can receive all this and much more from God, by praying the following simple
"Dear Lord, I call upon you now. I desire to be saved, to receive your gift of SALVATION. I
want to confess my sins. I pray that you will now forgive me for all of my sins. I know that I
am a sinner. But I am sorry for my sins, and I repent of my sins. I turn to you, and I come to
the Lord Jesus Christ to follow Him as my Lord. Thank you, Heavenly Father, that I AM
saved, right now. Now that I am saved, I commit myself to follow the Lord Jesus every day,
by doing what the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches to do. I am a believer on the Lord Jesus
Christ, He is my Lord! Thank you, thank you. Teach me your ways and help me to please
you. As much as I know how, I love you God, my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen"
Finally, make prayer to God in the Name of Jesus Christ a daily event in your life. Make the reading of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, the Holy Word of God, a daily event in your life. Tell other people that Jesus Christ is your Lord and
Savior. Gather together with other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, which usually means going to Church, in order
to learn more about the Lord Jesus, and His ways, and what He expects of you. At your earliest convenience, seek to
be baptized in water. Seek the assistance of a local minister of Jesus Christ.
Lord a constant companion and that He will never leave you, or forsake, or let you down. He personally loves YOU.
God has already 'invested' so much in your SALVATION, by giving His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to
save you. He surely will not fail you, but He will bless you and keep you, as you trust in Him and follow the Lord Jesus
Christ, your Lord and Savior. God bless you. We also love you as fellow Christian believers.
Did you pray this prayer above? Do you need more spiritual guidance? Do you have more questions? Call us and let
us know of your decision or questions at (803)259-3261 and ask for the Pastor. Or you may email him with questions:
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