There are three simple steps to being saved:
1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God.
2. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and that God raised Him from the dead.
3. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God.
Speak to God from your heart and repeat this prayer:
"Dear God, I believe in my heart that Jesus is Your Son, I believe that You raised Him from the dead, and today I receive Him as my Savior and make Him my Lord. Thank you for hearing me and for forgiving me, and for changing me into a new creature with the life of Jesus inside me. I promise to live for You the rest of my days. Thank you Father, In Jesus' name, Amen."
If that was the first time you've prayed a prayer like this then you're saved! You may not feel different but you are a new creature in Christ, Praise God!
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If you are already saved but have walked away from God and need to restore your relationship with Him, confession is a good way to start. Be specific about what you need forgiveness for so you can cleanse and get out all the bad things in your spirit. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
You can use this prayer as a guide:
"Heavenly Father, I ask you to forgive me for... (be specific). I receive my forgiveness for the things I have confessed because Your Word says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So I stand before You clean, thank you Lord, in Jesus' name, Amen."
All you need to do is believe God and take Him at His Word that He has forgiven you and you are restored! Don't let the devil use guilt to tell you that you are not forgiven. Build your faith and strengthen your relationship with God by reading your Bible and talking to Him every day! Come to church to grow in your relationship with your new Father. See you Sunday!
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In His Love,
Pastor Thomas Peetz