The grand theme of the Bible is salvation!  A simple definition of salvation is deliverance from the power and effects of sin.  Scripturally, there is an initial New Testament salvation experience that brings dramatic change to one’s life.  This is reflected in many of the scriptural terms associated with salvation:

  • Repentance: A change of mind, a new way of thinking in God.
  • Conversion: A change of direction, a new way of walking with God.
  • Redemption: A change of ownership, a new Master in God.
  • Grace: A change of favor, a new standing before God.
  • Forgiveness: A change of judgment, a new pardon by God.
  • Deliverance: A change of bondage, a new liberty before God.
  • Faith: a change of confidence, a new trust in God.
  • Holiness: a change of living, a new conformity with God.
  • Reconciliation: a change of friendship, a new union with God.

The initial salvation experience is a result of faith and obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In response to the question “what shall we do?”, the Apostle Peter answered, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).  This corresponds to the “new birth” experience Jesus spoke about in John 3:1-5.

Many people are wanting things to change in their life.  There is no greater change possible than what takes place in a person who receives the salvation Jesus Christ came to give.