God’s Simple Plan of Salvation

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“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).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

  • Pray — you talk to God.
  • Read your Bible — God talks to you.
  • Witness — you talk for God.

You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

Copyright: Robert Ford Porter, 1991 – Used By Permission – To see in other languages visit: http://www.godssimpleplan.org/gsps.html

3 Necessary Things To Look For When Finding A Good Church

This is from a note prepared for a member of the church who was moving. This is intended as pointers for someone who is saved and has had some basic grounding in the scriptures.

  1. They believe and preach the King James Bible (Proverbs 30:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32).
    • We are not to correct the Bible, but rather let the Bible correct us.
    • Anyone going to the Greek or Hebrew to change what the text clearly says is to be avoided.
    • A good independent Bible-believing Baptist church is where you typically find people who hold the scriptures as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
  2. They believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus and his finished work when he died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third.
    • Anyone who takes away or adds anything to salvation by any means is to be avoided (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 and Galatians 1:6-9).
    • As a result of preaching the gospel, a church will seek to have its members involved in personal soul winning and supporting missionaries.
  3. They must believe that Jesus is coming again for His church (born again believers) before the tribulation (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
    • Jesus will come again for His church. While the church is in heaven, God will deal with Israel and the world during the tribulation period.
    • At the end of the 7 year tribulation period, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth and establish a literal, visible kingdom with His throne in Jerusalem.
    • He will rule on this earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:2-7). Anyone who does not believe this has to deny two-thirds of the prophecies in the word of God.

3 Things to Avoid

  1. Avoid politically correct churches. God and His word are not politically correct (Romans 2:4).
  2. Avoid false teachers and hero worshippers.
    • Avoid smooth talkers who always talk about the positive, but refuse to preach the negative (Isaiah 30:9-11; Romans 16:17-18)
    • Also, avoid any church involved in hero-worship (“respect of persons” in the Bible). You can spot them when they are always quoting a man rather than quoting and pointing you directly to the scriptures.
  3. Avoid Calvinistic (Sovereign Grace) churches.
    • John Calvin’s 5 Point Calvinism is unbiblical.
    • To see a full history of this error showing where it came from with the verses for and against this false system, see The Other Side of Calvinism, written by Dr. Laurence M. Vance.

Sites that have church lists that you can check out and visit:

Have You… “trodden under foot the Son of God?”

God’s perspective on church attendance and what you have to lose by not going to church

You will stand before God and give an answer for yourself whether you are saved or lost (1 Corinthians 5:9-11; Revelation 20:11-15). So the only real opinion that matters is what God thinks and how He feels about something.

Now let’s look at a passage that will give us an idea of how God feels about church attendance. Also note the “suppose ye,” which indicates this is how God feels about it and wants us to consider how serious He is about it.

Hebrews 10:24–31
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Fellowship Broken & Facing God’s Discipline

We know that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus and his death, burial, and resurrection as payment for our sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-6). After we are saved, our fellowship with the Lord can be broken by our sin (1 John 1:3-9). That is why we confess our sins to have our fellowship restored with our heavenly Father.

If we do not confess our sin, we face the disciplining hand of God (Hebrews 12:5-11). This is something like the old fashioned spankings my parents gave me growing up. I never doubted my parent’s love, but at the same time, I never wanted to hear my mom say, “just wait until your daddy gets home.” There was love and a healthy fear. Many have lost their fear of God, and it shows in how they live. The fear of the Lord is good and is not just for the Old Testament (Acts 9:31).

Do You Want Boldness Or Terror At The Judgment Seat Of Christ?

Every born again child of God will stand before the Lord Jesus to give an account of their service to Him (2 Corinthians 5:10–11). All our worthless works and those things done with the wrong motive will be burned up. Those things (big or small) done for the Lord with the right heart will remain and are likened to gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). You do not want to lose your rewards as well (2 John 8).

2 Corinthians 5:11 speaks of “the terror of the Lord.”  Can you imagine looking at those nail-pierced hands and feet having offered Him anything less than your best? He gave it all for you.

However, you can face that day with confidence and boldness (2 Timothy 4:6-8). 1 John 4:17 says, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” You can live in a way where you look forward to seeing Christ rather than dreading standing before Him.

Losing Your Family

Take for a lesson King Uzziah who failed to worship God the right way (2 Chronicles 26:16-21). His son Jotham was a believer, but would not go to the house of the Lord (2 Chronicles 27:2). He married an unsaved, wicked woman (2 Kings 11:1-2). Their son, Ahaz, was not only a lost man but an activist against the true and living God (2 Chronicles 28:2, 24). He even had his children burned alive (reminds me of abortion) (2 Chronicles 28:3).

So we see a grand-dad who loved the Lord, but he misused the house of God; the son loved the Lord, but had no use for the house of God; the grandson tries to destroy the worship of the true God.

Is whatever that is keeping you out of church worth losing your family? Is it worth risking them being “tormented day and night for ever and ever” in “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:10-15)?

You Can Lose Rewards & The Opportunity to Reign With Christ

When Jesus establishes His kingdom upon this earth for a thousand years, He wants us to reign with Him (Revelation 1:5-6). However, the privilege of ruling with the Lord Jesus is conditional upon our service and our suffering for Him (2 Timothy 2:12; Romans 8:16-17). Since it is an earned reward, you can lose this opportunity.

Daniel 12:3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

People who live for the Lord will literally shine. Don’t let it be said of you that you weren’t too bright.