Plan of Salvation…..
The plan of salvation is God’s way
of redeeming humanity from sin and its
devastating consequences. The plan reveals
how Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
came into the world as a human being, lived
a sinless life, died on the cross for
our sins, and was resurrected from the
dead. Consequently, our sins can be
forgiven and we can receive eternal life.
We must however, repent of our sins,
put our trust in Christ’s finished
work on the cross, and receive Jesus into our
hearts as Lord and
Savior. The following passages of Scripture summarize this
plan of salvation.
God loves all
of us! “For God so loved the
world that He gave His only
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
But we are all sinners! “For
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:24)
And sin has a penalty! “For
the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
has paid our penalty! “But
God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro 5: 8)
Salvation is a gift from God! “For by grace you have been saved through
faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Christ is knocking at the door of our hearts! “Behold, I
stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with
Me.” (Revelation 3:20)
We must receive Him by faith into
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the
right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)
The Way to Salvation: Placing Faith
in Christ. Placing faith in Christ involves the following:
Acknowledging our need for Christ to save us Turning from our will & way to God’s
will & way. Accepting Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior.
Receiving salvation and eternal life as gifts from God. Trusting Him to purify
our hearts & change our lives
You can accept Christ into your heart by faith
& receive eternal life by
offering this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and
I need your forgiveness. I thank
for dying on the cross for my sins. Today, I turn from my sins and invite
you into my heart as my personal Savior. I am willing to follow and obey
You as Lord of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins
and giving me
eternal life. Amen.”
Evangelism (telling others about Jesus) is not a great idea…it
is a COMMAND issued by Christ Himself.
It’s not easy, it does cause us to get uncomfortable, people will think you are crazy, and following the command
of Christ will create tension at times.
Nonetheless, we are still called and empowered to do this! So today, I hope you will take a little time to read Acts
8:4-8 and then Acts 8:26-40 and let’s think about six things together.
1. Evangelism Is the Proclamation of Jesus Christ–PERIOD! (Acts 8:4-8)
One of the most ridiculous
things I’ve ever heard in my life is, “preach the Gospel all of the time and, when necessary, use words!”
DUMB! Because…God said in Romans 10:14-17, it’s through The Word that people are saved.
Listen, good deeds are never a bad thing…but please don’t
try to convince me that cutting someone’s grass or paying for their coffee is evangelism…it’s NOT! The
biblical definition of evangelism is when we proclaim Christ…and unfortunately, a cowardly church culture has turned
it into a whole lot of things that Jesus never intended it to be. The Bible says in Acts 8:5 that Phillip proclaimed CHRIST…Acts
4:12 says there is no other name by which we must be saved…I Timothy 2:5 says there is ONE mediator, and we’ve
been commissioned and commanded by Jesus with this calling/responsibility! (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John
20:21, Acts 1:8, II Corinthians 5:17-21!)
2. Evangelism Will Disrupt Our “Normal” Routine!
In Acts 8:4-8 Phillip is declaring Christ to the masses, but notice in
Acts 8:26, God specifically speaks to his heart and leads him in a different direction. One of the things we’ve got
to do is beg God to disrupt our “normal” routine and make ourselves available to do whatever He wants us to do.
(I HIGHLY recommend Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels, the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of evangelism!)
3. God Is Preparing the Hearts of the People He Is Prompting
Us to Share Christ With!
Check out Acts 8:27-28. The reason God sent Phillip down this road is that He was working on the heart of a man who
desperately needed Him! Please understand that we never know what God may be doing in someone else’s life. They may
portray that they have it all together and they are not interested, but you never know what God is doing in their hearts.
If God is prompting you to share Christ with someone, then He has gone ahead of you and is preparing them as well!
4. Be Normal!
Please notice in Acts 8:29-30 that Phillip did
not say, “Hello, hell-bound sinner, did you know that unless you repent of your sin and give your life to Jesus, you
are going to fry like bacon in a devil’s hell?” He did not scream, yell, or hold up signs. He simply listened
to the Spirit, ran up to the chariot (it does take effort), and asked a simple question, “Do you understand what you
are reading?” It’s amazing the opportunities that God puts in front of us every single day…and when we
see them and embrace them, we simply need to be normal, engage them in conversation, and communicate that we are interested
Must Come Back Around to a Conversation About Christ.
I said it in point one…I will say it here…we are called to PROCLAIM CHRIST! Notice in Acts
8:31-35 that Phillip began where the eunuch was and brought the conversation back around to JESUS! It HAS TO come back
to Christ…we can’t allow the conversation to get sidetracked with political and sociological issues…no
one EVER surrendered their lives to Christ because they had all of their questions answered!!! Always bring it around
PLEASE understand this…if
Phillip had simply said, “I am not going to share Christ with him…I’m just going to buy him a cup of coffee
and give him a warm smile,” then we would have had nothing more than a story about a caffeinated eunuch who
felt good about himself for a moment but NEVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS! BAD STORY!
6. Evangelism Isn’t a One-Time Deal.
Notice Acts 8:36-40 (one of the coolest sections in the Bible…God
literally teleports someone)! The eunuch receives Christ, is baptized, and then God moves Phillip somewhere else to KEEP proclaiming
Christ. We are NEVER done with this…God has strategically placed each one of us in places of work, in neighborhoods,
and in certain social situations NOT for our comfort…but rather He placed us there with specific relationships so that
we can literally tell others about Jesus! It’s NOT a one-time deal…it’s a core value that we must embrace
in our lives if we are going to follow Christ!