As a Christian it is my personal responsibility to share the Gospel and let people know of God’s plan for their salvation. I think we need to be ready to share with family and friends about salvation and heaven. It is a very simple plan, there are five basic steps 1) Hear 2) Believe 3) Repent 4) Confess 5) Be Baptized.
1) One must hear the Word of God. Once you hear, you must realize that he/she has sin in their life and that sin separates him from God and an eternal home with God. Romans 3:23 states: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” How can someone become a Christian without having heard the message of the God whose name they claim to wear? In Romans 10:17 the Bible states: “So the faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Other passages to consider: Acts 10:33; James 1:21; Luke 8:4-18
2) One must believe that Christ is the Son of God. As stated above faith (or a belief that obeys) is developed by hearing the Word of God. After hearing the message of Jesus and His life, His death, and His resurrection one can either choose to have a faith in God or not. In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible states: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Other passages to consider: Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10, 17; John 3:16
3) One must repent of his sins. Paul, in Acts 17:30 says, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Repentance can be very difficult at times. Repentance is more than being sorry for one’s sins; it is a change in the way one lives his life. Repentance involves a 180 degree turn from the sinful ways of the world. In Acts 2:38 on the day of Pentecost Peter, in reply to people there who were cut to the heart because of their sins, stated, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
4) One must confess that Jesus is the Son of God. In Acts 8:37 the Ethiopian eunuch confesses Christ before he is baptized. Other passages to consider: Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:17
5) One must be baptism. As mentioned earlier Acts 2:38 states that one must be baptized to receive remission of sins. In Mark 16:16 Jesus says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Romans 6:3-5 states: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Other passages to consider: 1st Peter 3:21; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; Acts 22:16
After all of these steps are met, it isn’t like we can go home and rest on our laurels. Because we have gone through these 5 steps, our most important role is left. We must remain faithful and share the Gospel with others. The race will never end until we are called home to be with our Father in heaven.