The Bridge - Part 4
If you are ready to accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior all you need to do is to confess your need for His redemption and ask Him to forgive you. The following is an example prayer. You do not need to use this exact one, but if you are not sure what to say you can follow this one. "
Dear Lord, I know I have done wrong and broken Your laws. I believe you died for my wrongdoings. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I want to turn from them. Please come into my life as You said You would. I trust you as Savior and I want to follow you as Lord. Amen.
What do you do now?
First of all, REJOICE! Welcome to the family!
One of the most important things you can do now is find someone who has been a Christian for a while and can help you grow. Find a local church to get involved in and talk with the pastor about your recent decision.
10 Things That Happen to You When You Are Saved
- We've been delivered. 3 aspects of our deliverance:
- Past - We were delivered from the penalty of sin (Eph 2:8, Titus 3:5)
- Present - We are daily delivered from the power of sin (Rom 6:14, Phil 2:12)
- Future - We will be delivered from the presence of sin (Rom 13:11)
- It speaks of erasing the guilt of our sin from the record. It covers all of our sins: past, present, and future. (Col 2:13) There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1)
- This is the judicial act of God in which He declares the believer righteous on the basis of the righteousness of Christ. It is impossible for us to justify ourselves by our personal character (Ps 143:2; Ps 130:3), by keeping the law (Gal 3:11-12; Rom 3:20), or by religious ceremonies (Rom 4:9-11). We are justified through Christ paying the penalty for our sin on the cross (Heb 9:26; Rom 6:16).
- Redemption is the paying of a price to buy freedom for someone who is in bondage or slavery (Titus 2:14; Eph 1:7). The purchase price was the death of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) in order for us to be redeemed from the slavery of sin (John 8:34; Rom 6:17)
- The broken relationship between us and God has been restored to proper fellowship. As a result, we are brought into spiritual fellowship with God (2 Cor 5:18-21), and we have peace with God (Rom 5:1).
- We have been born again, this time to eternal life (Jn 3; 1 Peter 1:3,23) The results of this regeneration:
- We are a new creation - 2 Cor 5:17
- We have a new spiritual life - John 3:5-7
- We have a new relationship with God - John 1:12
- We are partakers of the divine nature - 2 Peter 1:4
- We have a new heart and a new spirit - Ezekiel 36:20
- We are given new spiritual insight - John 3:3
- We are placed as his children. Our privileges as children of God:
- Freedom from the bondage of fear - Rom 8:15
- Heirs with Christ Jesus - Rom 8:17; Gal 14:7
- Assurance of future glory and completion of our adoption - Rom 8:23
- The Holy Spirit resides within, or indwells, the believer from conversion to eternity (John 14:16-17; Rom 5:5). As a result we are guaranteed future blessing, have fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and can strive for holiness of life.
- The Holy spirit places the believer in union with Christ and His body, the Church (1 Cor 12:13; Rom 6:3-5).
- The Holy Spirit seals us to show that we are owned by God and that we are secure until the Day of Redemption (Eph 4:30).