RECOGNISE OUR NEED -- The first thing we must do to be saved is actually recognise that we need to be saved. Every person in this world is a sinner, and is separated from God. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "Sin" was an old archery term that meant "missed the mark". We have all "missed the target" of God's holiness. Until we recognise that we can never please God on our own, and we have sinned against Him and are under His judgment, we can never be saved. We must stop looking at other people and saying, "I'm not that bad;" instead we must look at God and what He expects and honestly admit, "I really am that bad in God's eyes." We need to recognise that we do wrong even at times when we don't want to, because sin has made a slave of us. The jailer in Philippi had come to this realisation and knew he needed help before God.
BELIEVE IN CHRIST -- Paul and Silas answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). Believe on the Lord -- He is God. Believe on Jesus ("Jehovah Saves") -- He is the Saviour Who died to take the punishment for our sins and rose again to break the power of sin and death. Believe on Christ -- the promised Messiah, the One Who was promised in the Old Testament prophecies to deliver us from our sin.
RECEIVE HIM -- "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). Salvation is a free gift of God. "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" (Ephesians 2:8,9). But a free gift is of no benefit if the recipient does not receive it. For example, a person may need to sit down, then sees a chair, and says, "I'm sure that chair can hold me." If he doesn't sit down, the chair does him no good. Similarly, the person who recognises his need and believes the truth about Christ is not necessarily saved. We must accept what He did as being for us, and trust Him to free us from our sin and enable us to follow Him.
What must you do to be saved? This is the most important question you will ever ask, for your answer determines your relationship with God and your eternal destiny. If you need more information or desire help with this in any way, please contact Rev. Jon Gleason on 01592 744363 or at Mind Renewers.