Now faith
is the substance
of things hoped for,
the evidence of things
not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 KJV
Messages: 45 Min

What Happened When You Became a Christian

by Colin Smith at Unlocking the Bible

What Must I Believe To Be Saved?

  • There is a Creator God (Genesis 1:1) who made me to know, love, and worship him (Genesis 1:26-27). Because he made me, I am responsible to him (Romans 1:20-21; Acts 17:30-31).
  • God is holy, perfect, and good (Revelation 4:8; Psalm 100:5; Deuteronomy 32:4). God does not tolerate evil (Psalm 5:4).
  • God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4). He will punish every evil deed with perfect justice (Hebrews 4:13).
  • I am a sinner who chooses to live for myself rather than yield my life to God and worship him as he deserves (Romans 1:18-23).
  • I have fallen short of God’s standard, sinning against him and others (Luke 10:27; Romans 3:23).
  • I am on my way to eternal conscious punishment for my sins against God (Romans 1:18; 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10).
  • I can do nothing to save myself from God’s just punishment or to earn his favor (Romans 3:10; Galatians 2:16; 3:10).
  • God sent his Son Jesus, who is fully God, into the world to save me from my sin, because no mere human can make another human right with God (Psalm 49:7, 15; Mark 10:45; John 1:1; John 3:16; John 10:30).
  • Jesus is fully human but he never sinned. Instead, he lived a life of perfect obedience to God (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
  • Jesus died on a cross, willingly being punished by God for my sin. He is the only way for me to be saved from God’s wrath toward my sin and restored to a right relationship with God (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
  • Jesus rose from the dead, to free me from the power, penalty, and (when he returns) the total presence of my sin (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Jesus is Lord over heaven and earth. Being my Savior, he is also my Lord who I belong to and obey (Philippians 2:9-11).
  • I cannot earn God’s forgiveness for my sins, nor will I ever deserve it. I cannot mend my broken relationship with God myself (Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12-13).

  • Salvation becomes mine only by believing in Jesus and receiving his gift. I must simply trust in what Jesus has already done on my behalf (Acts 16:31).

Short Content

We are saved by faith in Jesus.

The Bible teaches that a person can only be saved through faith in Jesus. Faith is described as being certain about what we can’t see, or being convinced that something is true (Hebrews 11:1). Having faith in Jesus means we trust in who Jesus is and we trust his Word about what he has done on our behalf. Who is Jesus and what has he done for us?

In the Bible we find a summary statement of the good news about Jesus—telling us that he died for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). But believing that Jesus died for your sins rests upon belief in some other truths that the Bible teaches—beliefs about God, about yourself, about Jesus, and about faith. Let's explore each of these. Watch the video by Pastor John Piper or scroll down to discover what we must believe in order to be saved.

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Messages: 53 Min

What Is Salvation?

by Greg Laurie



Do You Want Jesus to Change Your Life?

When we open the Bible, we discover that it tells us the life-changing news about Jesus Christ. You may wonder how this message becomes personal—how does it change your life? That's what we will help you understand here. If you are one of the people described below, read on!

  • You want to know how to have a relationship with God.
  • You want to know what it means to be a Christian.
  • You believed in Jesus today and want to know what to do next.

If you have other questions, please contact us, and one of our team members will contact you.