Salvation - A New Start
The most important step a person can take is to receive the grace offered by Jesus Christ. When someone turns from his or her sin and turns to Jesus, everything changes. At that moment, that person becomes a child of God. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe on His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.” We were not born children of God. We were born children of wrath according to Ephesians 2:3. I know that’s not politically correct, but it is biblically correct. Yet, God demonstrated His love for us in that while we are still far from Him, Christ died for us. Jesus suffered and died not because He sinned, but because we sinned. He died for us all. He’s not mad at us, He’s mad about us!
Salvation is often referred to as being “born again.” When a baby is born, the child has no past. When someone is born again, their past sins are erased and in God’s eyes, that person’s past is gone. Isaiah 1:18 says, “’Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are red like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.’” Twenty-one times in the New Testament, salvation is referred to as “the gift of God.” Being a Christian has nothing to do with being good enough or better than other people. Christianity is about turning to Jesus and receiving His gift of love and mercy. When someone does that, the old is gone and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). At A Church Called Home, we want every person to experience Jesus in this way, and as exciting as that is, it’s just the beginning!