We envision changing our world one heart at a time by building caring, intentional relationships inside and outside the church with the hope of gaining opportunity to disciple and be discipled in Christ: one-on-one, one-on-some, one-on-many…
Sharing your salvation testimony with someone is a great way of moving a conversation towards spiritual things, and assessing a person’s openness to hearing more about the gospel. Spend several minutes developing your testimony on paper. Write out 3-4 summary type statements for each portion: Before Christ, How You Came to Christ, and After Christ.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This verse tells us there is a standard. The glory of God is His holiness. Sadly, we fall short of it because we’re all sinners. Because we fall short, we are incompatible with God, unable to have a relationship with Him.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The consequence for our sin is death, separation from God now and for eternity. We cannot have a relationship with God because of our sin and His holiness. We deserve death but we have been given the gift of eternal life through Christ.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Holy God loves sinners. He sent Jesus to die to pay for our sin. We receive the gift of eternal life because someone took our punishment of death and died in our place. When does a gift really become yours? When you take it! God offers to everyone the gift of eternal life, but there is something we must do to receive this gift.
“…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
How do we receive this gift? By confessing with our mouth Jesus as Lord and believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. If we will confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that Jesus died for our sin and that God raised Him from the dead, what does this verse say will happen? You will be saved!