Are You Positive You Are A Christian?

If you’re wondering why there’s so much preaching about Christianity and about receiving Jesus as your savior, or if you think you’re already a Christian, here is an excellent foundational teaching.  Clarity is always good, and these scriptures have not been shared with the majority of people, which leads many to think that if they believe there is a God, they’ll be accepted into heaven.  If these foundational scriptures have never been shared with you, let’s check them out.

  1.  THE NEED: Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

That one man who sinned was Adam.  He committed high treason against God, and when he sinned against God, death entered his spirit.  Sin produces many variations of death, and sin was the only thing Adam could pass on to his offspring versus the life that used to reside in him.  He didn’t have the ability to produce anything greater than what he had lowered himself to.

2.  THE SOLUTION: John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God didn’t take this turn of events sitting down.  If He had been a God of resentment, he could have snuffed Adam and Eve out and started over, but because He’s a God of love, He sent his own son to give his life and to introduce the plan of salvation.

3.  THE NAME OF THE SOLUTION: Acts 4:10-12

Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him, this man is standing before you well.  This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Jesus is the solution to the sin problem.  He was born without sin, and He paid the price for all of mankind to be redeemed back into God’s family.

4.  SALVATION IS A GIFT: Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.

You cannot perform good works in order to be approved by God or become part of His family.  If it were by works, one person might out-do another, and then would one qualify to be accepted while the other did not?  No, your works are not good enough.  Salvation is a free gift.  It’s by grace—unmerited favor.

5.  YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE THIS GIFT: John 1:12

As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

There are no limitations on who can receive Jesus.  Salvation is not limited to a select group.  It’s for everyone.  You can receive Him.

6.  HOW TO APPLY THE SOLUTION: Romans 10:8-10

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim).  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.

These scriptures in Romans let us know that the first step is believing that Jesus died for you.  God wants your heart—not a rote speech based on fear.  If you believe, you can receive the gift of salvation.  The second step is opening your mouth to tell God that you receive Jesus as your savior.

7.  YOUR PART – Open Your Mouth and Say This Prayer

“I believe that Jesus is the son of God.  I believe He died for me.  I quit the sin life and I receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, and right now, I am born again.  I belong to God.”

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU JUST GOT BORN AGAIN!!!