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How to be saved

How do people become “saved” and “born again” Christians? How can you receive eternal life so that you will be sure to go to be with God when you die? A widely distributed Christian tract says the following is what the Bible requires.

  1. Admit that you are a sinner.
    The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
  2. Know that God has already provided for your salvation.
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ] that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
  3. Know that you cannot save yourself.
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us” (Titus 3:5).
  4. Ask Jesus Christ to save you.
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) and “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
  5. Proclaim Jesus before others.
    “If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).

You can be joyously “saved” and “born again” and receive eternal life right NOW, as millions of people worldwide have, when you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. Born-again Christians overwhelmingly look at their salvation as the most exciting event in their lives.

What saves you is not any good works you do, but God's grace through your faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Decide right now to repent of your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you. Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead to bring us into a right relationship with God (Romans 4:24-25).

Often, preachers get people to say a “sinner's prayer” like the one below. But prayers like this do not save you — they are simply a verbal indication that you acknowledge that Jesus died for your sins and you are willing to follow Him as your Lord and Savior.

Dear God,
I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve to go to Hell. Please forgive me of all my sin and give me eternal life. I'm not trusing in my good works or in my religion. I'm trusting only in You. In the best way I know how, I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my Savior.  Amen.

What next?

Show your faith in Jesus right now. Start by letting another Christian know you are saved. Or even just let us know if you are not sure whether anyone close to you is a born-again Christian.

We suggest that you get a Bible and read it regularly to get to know Jesus Christ better.

  • Talk to God in prayer every day.
  • Tell others about Christ.
  • Join a Bible-believing church . Worship with, and join other Christians in serving Christ in a church that truly believes the Bible and honors and preaches about Christ.