Salvation, A Fresh Start... 

It is a new start much like the old reset button on video games. It is defined as being rescued from damnation or destruction. When you see that definition, you should be able to see that this is a very important topic.

Before you can be rescued, you have to realize you need help. Imagine that you saw someone swimming and thought they were drowning.

Think about what would happen if you tried to pull them out of the water, if they didn't think they were drowning. The swimmer would think you had lost your mind!

Now, imagine that same situation except the swimmer knows he/she is drowning. Instead of thinking you are crazy, they will be very grateful!

The Problem: 

So, here is why you need help (why you are drowning). God created the world and each one of us. He gave us a set of rules to live by which are known as the Ten Commandments. These commandments are found in Exodus chapter 20:

1. You shall have no other god before me.

2. You shall not make an idol.

3. You shall not misuse the name of God.

4. You shall keep the sabbath holy.

5. Honor your father and mother.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not lie.

10. You shall not covet your neighbors' possessions.

If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we have all broken at least one of those rules. God's Word says that, as far as He is concerned, if you have broken one of them you have broken all of them. The breaking of the rules is called sin. God said the penalty for sin is death. Because of that sin, we require salvation (rescue). GOD TAKES THIS VERY SERIOUSLY!

The Solution: 

Because God does not want to see any of us die, He provided a way for us to be rescued. He knew that none of us could go our whole life without breaking at least one of the rules.

Therefore, He sent His Son to keep the rules for us. His name is Jesus and He came to this earth and took our place. He lived without breaking any of those rules. Then, He went and paid the price (which we already said was death) for our not being able to keep the rules. That act of dying in our place, is referred to as atonement for sins and is a gift from God. He was sacrificed (crucified) and buried in a tomb. God raised Him from the dead and He went into heaven. For that reason, we have the hope of eternal life in heaven. This new life is a gift of God and nothing that we deserve or can earn (that is grace). God is so wonderful in that He will not force us to accept His grace. He gives us free will to choose this new life or to choose death. (Either way, the old self is gonna die.) We are simply called to believe in Jesus to be saved. When we come to Him we give up our old life and place ourselves in His hands.

If you are ready to accept salvation, we invite you to share that decision with us. Then, we urge you to find a Bible teaching group of believers and tell them about your decision.

We also encourage you to be obedient to God in every aspect of your life. The good news is that, after salvation, God gives you the power to know that you are saved as well as to listen and obey Him. That power is called the Holy Spirit. You can learn more about this vital part of your new life in Peter's first letter to the church.

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