Understand How to Respond to the Good News

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Understand How to Respond to the Good News

We must all receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord by a voluntary and intentional act of the will.

  • This act includes both repentance and faith.
  • Repentance involves turning from sin to obey God.
  • Faith is an active trust in Jesus’ atoning life, death, and resurrection.

To receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, we must trust Him alone for salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

And we must repent.

  • To repent means to turn away from our sins and turn to Jesus in love and obedience (Luke 13:3; John 14:15; Acts 17:30)
  • Repentance begins with a recognition and confession that what God says about us is true—we have sinned (Psa. 51:3-4)
  • A genuine recognition of our sinfulness and guilt will also lead us to genuine sorrow, shame, and even hatred for what we have done (Rom. 7:15, 24)
  • Apparent sincerity of confession alone is never definite evidence of genuine repentance.  It must be accompanied by a turning away from sin (Isa. 1:16; Matt. 3:10)

God offers us salvation as a free gift (Grace).

  • God’s grace comes to us through faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9)
  • God’s grace comes to those who receive Jesus by faith (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Rom. 1:16; 10:9, 13)
  • To believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ is to exercise faith
  • Faith as defined in the Bible (Heb. 11:1; Rom. 4:21)
  • Faith based on the promises of God (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
  • A believer who has placed their trust in Christ is one who will “worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3)

For those who repent of their sins and place their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, God gives the promise of eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:12)

  • Jesus brings new life to all who place their faith in Him (John 10:10; 2 Cor. 5:17)
  • This promise of abundant life does not mean that we will be free from troubles in this lifetime.  In fact, the followers of Jesus can expect to face trials and difficulties (John 16:33)
  • In spite of difficulties, Jesus promised His followers a peace beyond understanding (Phil. 4:7)
  • The peace of Jesus is something that only His followers can experience (John 14:27)
  • Nothing in the universe can separate believers from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-38)
  • The promise of God to those who trust in Jesus is peace with God in this world and eternal life in the world to come.

When Jesus returns in power and glory, those who have trusted in Him for salvation will live forever in His glorious presence (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

  • This wonderful gift of eternal life is given to all those who have been saved through faith in Jesus.

Genuine Assurance of Salvation

  • True conversion: A true Christian is a new creation and will live a life that reflects God’s radical work of re-creation in his/her life (Matt. 7:16; 2 Cor. 5:17)
  • Assurance is based upon self-examination in the light of Scripture (2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 5:13)
  • Tests of Biblical Assurance
  • Walking in the Light (1 John 1:5-7)
  • Confession of Sin (1 John 1:8-10)
  • Obedience (1 John 2:3-4)
  • Love for Christians (1 John 2:9-11)
  • Hatred for the things of the World (1 John 2:15-17)
  • Perseverance in Doctrine (1 John 2:24-25)
  • Righteousness (1 John 3:10)
  • The Spirit’s Testimony (1 John 4:13)
  • Disciplined by God (Heb. 12:5-8)

Where do I stand in the sight of God?

  • On the cross, Jesus suffered the justice and wrath of God on behalf of all those who trust Him as Savior and Lord.  On the other hand, those who do not trust Him as Savior and Lord will rightly suffer the judgment of God themselves (Matt. 10:28; John 3:36; 2 Thess. 1:7-9)
  • There is no middle ground with Jesus (Matt. 12:30)
  • Everlasting life, joy, and peace await those who stand on the Lord’s side (1 Pet. 1:3-9)
  • Are you on the Lord’s side, or on your own side?
  • Are you living for God through Jesus, or are you living for yourself?
  • If Jesus returned today, would you experience the everlasting joy of heaven with Him, or would you suffer the wrath of God?
  • Are you ready to follow Jesus as your Savior and Lord?
  • If so, then you must repent of your sins and place your faith in Jesus alone for salvation.
  • You must believe that he lived, died, and rose again for your salvation.
  • You must commit your life to Him as your living Savior and Lord.
  • If you are ready to have your sins forgiven and to receive the gift of eternal life, then trust in Jesus right now.

Are you ready?

  • Go to God in prayer (prayer is talking to God).
  • Admit to Him that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior.
  • Ask Him to have mercy on you and to forgive you of your sins.
  • Thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection secured salvation for all who will follow Him.
  • Commit your life to Jesus.
  • Tell Him that you repent of your sins and trust in Him as Savior and Lord.
  • Ask Him to fill you with His presence by giving you His Holy Spirit to empower you to live a life that will bring glory to His name.
  • The Bible says that you can know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:12-13)

Living Daily in God’s Grace

  • As a new believer in Christ, you must always remember that Christ “died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor. 5:15)
  • Only by putting Christ first can we Christians experience growth in our faith and in Christlikeness.  We can do this through:
  • Prayer
  • Pray daily.  Speak to God as you would your dearest friend.
  • Worship
  • Give God the praise that He deserves.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
  • Bible Study
  • The Bible is the Word of God.  Read it daily.  The book of John is a great place to start.
  • Fellowship
  • Meet regularly with other Christians who will help you grow in your new life with Christ.  Finding a faithful church that believes the Bible and glorifies Jesus is a great way to begin.
  • Service
  • Serve Christ and serve your fellow human beings.  We Christians do not serve out of mere duty, but out of love for our Savior, seeking to be obedient in every aspect of life for the sake of Jesus, our Lord.
  • Witnessing
  • Tell others about what Christ has done in your life.  Share the good news of God’s grace with all who will listen.

The next step

  • As soon as possible, seek out a faithful church that will baptize you (ask the pastor to explain baptism) and give you guidance and help you in your new walk with Christ.
  • Have you recently trusted Christ for salvation?  We would love to hear from you!
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Attributions:

Much of the above material was adapted from the following tracts:

  • “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” by Granted Ministries [grantedministries.org]
  • “Experiencing God’s Grace” by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Department of Evangelism and Missions [GRACEtract@sbts.edu]

For a more in-depth study on the gospel and becoming a Christian, check out:

  • Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010).