1. All of us have sinned.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
2. No one can be saved by being a good person.†
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags ...†
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:††
3. Jesus is the only way to get our sins forgiven and be saved.†
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.†
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.††
4. We must acknowledge our own sinfulness and repent of it.†
Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Psalms 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;††
5. We must place our complete faith and trust in Jesus' death upon the cross for the forgiveness of all of our sins.††
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:†
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.†
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.††
6. We must believe that Jesus Christ is God.†
John 20:28-29 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.†
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
7. We must surrender our life to Christ. The call to believe on Jesus Christ is not only a call to believe in Him as Savior, but also a call to believe and surrender to Him as Lord.†
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.†
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?†
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;†
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
A person is not saved by obeying Jesus, but by placing their faith/trust in Him for salvation. Obedience to Him only demonstrated that a personís faith is real. Those who refuse to have Jesus reign over them and their lives lack true faith and are not truly saved.