Following Christ

Following Christ is the most important decision any person can ever make. Salvation is not accomplished by living a good life, believing that if your "good" outweighs your "bad" at the end of your life that God will give you eternal life. The Bible is clear that salvation begins with the mental belief and willful acknowledgement that you can never be “good enough” to earn your way to life with God in the present and eternity in heaven in the future. To be a follower of Christ, you must first admit that your sins have separated you from God and that you need a Savior to rescue you from sin and hell.



There are a lot of people claiming to know the way to God. Why Jesus?

Jesus was God in the flesh, walking, talking, teaching, and healing. Jesus lived thirty-three sinless years, displaying the power and authority of God and fearlessly claiming to be God. Even though he lived a perfect life, he died an undeserved death on a cross, taking the weight of the world’s sin upon himself. In His willing decision to actually become sin (II Corinthians 5:21) , he became the One who can take the sin from your life that separates you from God.


The Bible teaches in Romans 3:23 that all of us have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory, which is perfection. No one, other than Jesus, is perfect. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of our sinful rebellion to God is death. The deserved “wages” for the sinful rebellion in our hearts is the death penalty. Jesus' execution on the cross was a substitute for the death penalty we deserved. However, Jesus’ death on the cross was not His end; He arose from death and the grave and ascended into heaven to be with His Father, sending His Holy Spirit to live in and empower those who believe in Him.


God never asks us to get everything in our life right or straightened out before we follow Him as our Lord and Savior. In fact, Romans 5:6 tells us that “Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:8 tells us that "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us." If you have reached a point in your life where you realize that you are ungodly and a sinner needing a Savior, then I encourage you to do what Romans 10:9 tells us: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation is, simply put, admitting that you are a rebel (sinner) who cannot save themselves and putting your trust and faith in Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross to empower you to live your life for God's glory both in the present and into eternity.


What now?

Pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior. There is nothing magical about the words you might say to God. As Jesus hung on the cross, one of the men being crucified next to him simply said, "Remember me." Jesus promised that man that he would join him in paradise that very day. Salvation is not the result of saying the right words. Salvation is the response of God to a broken and humble heart.


“Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it…The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit.

O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.” Psalm 51.16-17 NET


"For it is by free grace that you are saved through your faith. And this salvation is not of your own doing, but it is the gift of God; Not because of works so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself." Ephesians 2:8,9


“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13




Thanks Living - FCC November Sermon Series