E.R. Hall, Jr.

            The above title was taken from a Bible correspondence course being offered by a denominational church. It goes on to give five steps: “1. I have sinned. 2. God loves me. 3. Christ died for me. 4. I receive Him. 5. I have everlasting life.” The Bible definitely teaches there are five steps a person must take to come to Christ but they differ drastically from the five just mentioned.

1. A person must HEAR. The fact that we have sinned, God loves us, and Christ died for us is learned when the gospel is preached . In EVERY case of conversion found in the book of Acts, people first had to HEAR (Acts 2:37; 8:6,35; 9:6; 10:33; 16:14,32; 19:5) As we hear we learn that we have sinned (Romans 3:23), that God loves us (John 3:16), and that Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Without hearing the gospel, we cannot come to Christ (John 6:44-45).

2. Upon hearing God’s word, we must BELIEVE. This is another way of saying we must have FAITH. Jesus in John 8:24 said, “…if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” Some denominations teach a person is saved the moment he believes. If that be true, why was Agrippa just “almost” a Christian? He believed (Acts 26:27-28)! Why are the devils saved? They believe (James 2:19)! No, it takes more than just faith only (James 2:24).

3.  A person must also REPENT. Jesus taught repentance was absolutely necessary in Luke 13:3 and 5 or else “perish”. That’s why Peter commanded people in Acts 2 to repent. Repentance is a turning: a turning FROM sin and turning TO God.

4.   If, upon hearing and believing God’s word, we are willing to repent, we must then CONFESS Christ to be the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; Acts 8:37). Confession is made with the mouth unto (in the direction of) salvation as stated in Romans 10:10.

5.  After confessing Christ to be the Son of God, all that stands between us and our being “in Christ” is BAPTISM (Galatians 3:27). Baptism is the final step that “saves us” (1 Peter 3:21) because baptism in the Bible is “for (in order to have) the remission (forgiveness) of sins” (Acts 2:38). Let our salvation be patterned after those we read about in the book of Acts!  


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