Plan of Salvation
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 Calvary Baptist Church

 676 West Sarnia St.
 Winona, MN 55987

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There are many different ways in which the way to salvation can be explained. One of the most popular is called the Romans Road because almost all of the verses used are found in the book of Romans.

1. You Must Admit that You are a Sinner (Romans 3:10-23).
There is no one, not one single person, who is righteous, meaning that there is no one whose life completely conforms to the exacting requirements of holiness which God demands of us. We are all sinners, meaning that we have missed the mark of God’s divine perfection. Sin is a deliberate rebelling against what God demands. In verses 11-18, Paul shows how our character (what we are like), conversation (what we talk about), and conduct (what we do) demonstrate our sinfulness. There is not one single person who is worthy of God’s salvation. Genesis 3:1-6 teach us that a person has to commit only one sin before God considers him to be a sinner.

2. You Must Realize that Death is the Natural Result of Sin (Romans 5:12; 6:23a).
Why do people suffer and die? The answer is sin. God told Adam that he could eat of every tree of the Garden of Eden, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God warned Adam that he would die if he eat from it (Genesis 2:17). Romans 6:23a tells us that “The wages of sin is death.” A wage is a paycheck, it is something that you earn because of something you have done. We have earned death because we have sinned. Romans 5:12 tells us that everyone dies because everyone sins. Physical death is not the end of all things; it is only just the beginning of the rest of eternity. Eventually, all who have sinned will be resurrected to judgment. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ is personal Savior will be cast alive in the lake of fire to suffer eternal torment as punishment for their sins (Revelation 20:11-15).

3. You Must Trust in the Finished Work of Christ to Save You (Romans 6:23b; 3:24-28).
While the first half of Romans 6:23 tells us that we deserve to die because of sin, the second half tells us that salvation is the gift of God. Unlike death which we receive because we deserve it, salvation is given to us as a gift. A gift is something which someone gives us because he or she loves us, like a parent giving a birthday present. Salvation is given to us because God loves us (John 3:16). Do we deserve salvation? Romans 5:8 tells us that we don’t: “But God demonstrated his love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God proved that He loved us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the punishment which we justly deserve. Romans 3:24-28 tells us that Christ died to remove our guilt from us. We can be justified, or declared innocent by God, not because of anything we have done, but because Christ, the sinless Son of God, died to pay the penalty which we owed. Because it is all of Christ, we have nothing to brag about when it comes to being saved.

4. We Must Ask Christ to Save us (Romans 10:9-13).
Romans 10:13 tells us the simple plan of salvation: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Now that Paul has explained salvation in great detail–including why we need to be saved and God’s gracious provision for us who are helpless to save ourselves–he brings us to the point of decision. We must personally cry out to God for salvation, believing that Christ has completely paid our penalty. We are to cry out to God for salvation in much the same way that a drowning person cries out to the lifeguard for help. That drowning person realizes that without someone else’s help, he is going to die. So, when we come to that same realization concerning our souls, and we cry out to God to save us, He promises that He will.

If you recognize your need of salvation, and you realize that Jesus Christ alone can save you, put your trust in Him today and ask Him to save you. It is not your pray that will save, but your faith in the Savior.

“Dear God, I realize that I am a sinner. I realize that because of my sin I deserve to die and be punished for all of eternity. I thank you that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins. Please forgive me and save me. In Jesus name, amen."