What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?
Roman Road: Gospel Of Grace
"For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."
We must acknowledge God as the Creator of everything and accept our humble position in God's creation.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
We must all realize that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness. We are not worthy of God's grace.
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Through Jesus, God gave us a way to be saved from our sins. God showed us His love by giving us the potential for life through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
If we remain sinners, we will die. However, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and repent of our sins, we will have eternal life.
"because, 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."
Just confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved!
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
There are no religious formulas or rituals - Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved!
"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
Determine in your heart to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life today.
Are you ready to accept God's gift of Salvation?
If you truly believe the message of the Roman Road and want to accept God's gift of eternal salvation, it's a matter of repenting of your sins and turning the rest of your life over to Jesus Christ. This is not a ritual based on any specific words or prayers, but rather a willful decision and a sincere step of faith.
Here is what it looks like:
"Father, I recognize that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry and now I want to turn from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me; and help me to avoid sinning again.
I believe that your son Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayers.
I invite you Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please come with your Holy Spirit to help me obey, and to do your will for the rest of my life. Amen."
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
If you have made a decision to know God personally and would like to talk to someone, please contact Sean Peters at the church office, 707-446-9838 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.