The truth of the Bible is that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus came to rescue you and give you eternal life.
The Gospel Message
We’re glad you’re reading this, and we know that it isn’t by accident. Our hope at Baleville is that each person learns about a God who loves them and desires to be in a relationship with them.
The Bible teaches that we were created to live in a loving relationship with a holy and perfect God.
However, in Genesis 3, we learn that sin destroyed that perfect relationship and separated us from God. The Bible is very clear that we all sin (Romans 3:23), and therefore all deserve eternal punishment (Romans 5:12).
The story doesn’t end there! Despite our sin, God loves us so much he offers us the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23). He demonstrated his love for us in that while we were still sinners, God sent his son Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). After three days, He defeated death and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9)!
We cannot earn his love by what we do; it’s an act of pure grace (unmerited favor). We can respond to that invitation by accepting the free gift of forgiveness of sin and place our faith in him. Ephesians 2:8 communicates this truth by saying, “for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
How to Trust Jesus
Admit you are a sinner.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins.
But God demonstrated his own love for us: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Choose the gift of forgiveness and new life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Do you want to trust Jesus today?
Simply turn from your sins and trust in Him and what He has done for you on the cross. Believe that He died to save you and rose again to give you eternal life. You can express this belief in a prayer similar to the one below.
Dear God, thank you for having greater purposes for my life. I acknowledge that I have failed to live for you on my own and that I have sinned against you. But I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, died to pay for my sins and rose again from the dead so that I could trust in Him as my Savior and have eternal life. I receive Jesus today as my Savior and commit to live the rest of my life for Him and for Your glory! Amen.
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How is Christianity different from other religions?
Every other religion teaches us to earn our way to God. Christianity is the only religion where our salvation is based on what God has done for us, and not what we do for God (our good works).
Other religions give a list of things to do in hopes of getting into heaven. We don’t have to appease God to receive His favor. He already showed us His love for us by sending Jesus to die on a cross in our place, for our sins. The separation between us and God was appeased, and we don’t have to do a thing, except believe.
Can I lose my salvation?
You didn’t earn your salvation, so you can’t lose your salvation. If you have put your trust in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has changed your heart, nothing and no one can separate you from God.
Romans 8:38-39 promises, “…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Will Catholics be in heaven?
Anyone can be saved if they place their trust in Christ alone for their salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “for by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This verse clarifies that God’s free gift of salvation cannot be earned or worked for. Many Catholics are focused on a works-based system of salvation, dependant on doing good things and earning their way to heaven. The book of Romans speaks of righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe (Romans 3:22). As sinners, we need God’s grace. When a person recognizes their need for forgiveness and places their trust on the finished work of Jesus on the cross, they will be saved. Catholics can be saved if they place their faith in Jesus alone and trust in His perfect sacrifice on the cross to forgive their sins. Then, they are free to respond to their salvation by serving the Lord and doing good works in gratitude for what Christ has done for them (Ephesians 2:10).
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