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Lesson One: Salvation 

What does it mean to “get saved” and how does salvation change my relationship to God? 
The most important decision that anyone ever makes is the decision to personally receive Jesus Christ because this decision changes one’s life for eternity. This lesson is designed to explain what is meant by “getting saved” and how that affects a person’s relationship to God.  

      I.      God’s Simple Plan of Salvation 
         A.     Before a person can get saved he must know that he’s a sinner.  
             Jesus said, I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32   
             See Romans 3:10, 23, Galatians 3:22 

             Sin is what we must be saved from in order to spend eternity in heaven with God.  

             Jesus said, For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10   
         B.     The consequence of man’s sin is death.  
             For the wages of sin is death…  Romans 6:23

              Death means “separation”.  

             Adam’s sin has brought about physical death for all men (see Romans 5:12). 

             Our sin has brought about spiritual separation from God (see Ephesians 2:1).  

             Some day our sin will separate us from God forever in a lake of fire (see Revelation 20:14-15, 21:8).  

        C.     We are helpless to save ourselves.  
             If we could simply be good enough to save ourselves, then Jesus would not have needed to die. See Galatians 2:21, 3:10, James 2:10, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5,
             Romans 4:4-8 

        D.    Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.  
            For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
            And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:   
1 Corinthians 15:3-4   

            Jesus Christ, God’s sinless Son, took our place of death and condemnation so that we might be saved. See 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21.  

        E.    God expects us to repent and receive Jesus Christ.  
            … repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21   
             Repentance means to change our mind and agree with God about your sin and how to be saved. See Luke 13:3, 2 Peter 3:9, and 2 Corinthians 7:10.  

            We do this by placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save us. This is what it means to receive Jesus Christ.  
            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 by faith alone through Christ alone. See Romans 3:28, 5:1, Galatians 2:16, 3:24. (Note: “Justified” means to be declared righteous.) 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13   
II.        Salvation Makes You a Part of God’s Family 
   Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.2 Corinthians 5:17   
      A.     Salvation is a new birth in to God’s family.  
          Your sin made you a part of the wrong family. See John 8:44, Ephesians 2:1-3.  

          But when you received Jesus Christ you were born again. See John 1:12-13, 3:3-8.  

      B.     Now God is your Father.  
         For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26   
         This relationship is pictured by the earthly relationship between a father and his child.  

            1.       A good father loves and cares for his child. See 1 Peter 5:7.  

            2.      A good father protects his child. See Matthew 18:6.  

            3.      A good father provides for his child. See Philippians 4:19.  

            4.      A good father guides and teaches his child. See John 14:26.  

            5.      A good father helps his child. See Psalm 46:1.  

            6.      A good father encourages his child. See Colossians 3:21.  

            7.      A good father disciplines his child. See Hebrews 12:5-11.  

            8.      A good father feeds his child. See Matthew 4:4.  

            9.      A good father has a plan for his child. See Romans 8:28-29.  

         Our Heavenly Father never makes a mistake in dealing with us as his child. See Matthew 7:11. 

     C.     Now you have eternal life.  
        Our first birth gave us temporal, physical life. Our new birth gave us eternal, spiritual life.  

        Eternal life is not just a future promise, it is a present possession.  See:  John 3:36, 5:24, 6:47,  Romans 6:23, and 1 John 5:12.  

     D.    Now you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you.  
        The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  Romans 8:16   

        The Holy Spirit living inside of us gives us the capacity to be like Jesus Christ.  We will have a future lesson on the Holy Spirit.   

 III.       Basic Questions 
      A.     Now that I’m saved will I still sin?  
         My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
           1 John 2:1   
         Because God has made us free from sin (Romans 6:22), we do not have to sin. However, we still have a sinful nature, or an “old man”, that can lead us in to sin. 
          See Ephesians 4:22-24 and Romans 7:25.  

      B.     How does sin affect my relationship with my Father? 
          Sin does not change your relationship with your heavenly Father (He’s still your spiritual father by birth). But sin will affect your fellowship with your
          heavenly Father (your ability to enjoy His communion).  See First John 1.  

       C.     What should I do when I sin?  
            Confess your sin to God. See 1 John 1:6-10, Proverbs 28:13.  

            Forsake it and ask God to give you a hatred for it. See 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Psalm 119:104.