From: Lynette Palecek
God makes it very clear that we all need to be saved in order to go to heaven. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve sinned. We were all born with a sinful flesh. When we were old enough mentally to know the difference between good and evil, then we needed to be saved to go to heaven.
Here are some Scriptures that show that we need to be saved: Rom. 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord.” John 3:3, 5-7 says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’” and Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We can’t save ourselves. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost,” and Eph. 2:8,9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Jesus Christ has provided for your salvation. I Peter 2:24 says, “Who His own self bore our sins in His one body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Also see John 3:16.
You must accept Jesus Christ for salvation. Acts 16:31 says, “...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...” Rom. 10:9 says, “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.” Also see John 1:12.
Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. See II Cor. 6:2 and Heb. 3:7-8.
If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, pray this prayer from your heart: “Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you to forgive me for my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”
After you have become a Christian you should do these five things:
1. Accept God’s word about you once you have asked Him to save you. See John 5:24
2. Confess Jesus Christ publicly. See Matt. 10:32
3. Be baptized and go to a Bible believing church. See Acts 2:41
4. Read the Scriptures and pray daily. See John 15:7
5. Obey the Lord Jesus Christ. See John 14:15