The Most Important Decision


The most important decision of your life needs to be made today.

For forgiveness of your sins, and to receive God’s eternal salvation, build your life on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. 

These passages from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, tell you how:

But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed.  Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ (Luke 18:13)  See your need of Jesus and acknowledge that you are a sinner.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. (Romans 3:21)

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)  Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son, the Messiah (the Savior), the one sent to save us from the hell we deserve for our sins, and instead allow us to live with Him today and in heaven for all eternity.

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.  (Romans 10:9-10) 

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  (John 1:12) You aren’t a child of God until you accept His son and what He did for you.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.  (Romans 10:9-10) 

But too many people stop at this point. 

They think that since they are now saved they can go about doing whatever they want, thinking salvation is like a get-out-of-hell-free card, or an insurance policy. On Sunday they heard and believed that Jesus died for them, they wept, and accepted the free gift of salvation, yet on Monday they went about their evil business again.

The Bible tells us that true salvation involves a heart change - this is called "repentance" (which means a turn, an about-face, a turning away from sin):

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  (1 John 1:7-9)  Confess your sins to God.

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. (Acts 3:19)  Apologize to God, turn away from your sins, and towards God.

We are also to openly declare our faith in Jesus to others. This would involve spoken words and, as soon as possible, baptism. In the Bible, when people believed and accepted Christ, they were immediately baptized. It is a declaration of your old life of sin being washed away, and the dawn of your living in a new way, following Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.

Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. (Luke 3:3)

Luke 3:8a says: “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’…”

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)  So go publicly declare your new life in Christ by being baptized.

When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.  Colossians 2:11-12   

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:34-38) Determine to follow God’s ways, not your own.

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve…But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.  (Joshua 24:15)

And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble,the rock that makes them fall.”  They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.  But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:8-9)  Thank Him and ask Him to lead you in your new life!

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

To learn more, read this short article, What is “The Gospel”? from Got

A longer article on why Jesus had to die for us is found on, “Why Did Jesus Die?”

I thought these two articles were very succinct and meaningful.

You may also wish to read my post Spreading the Gospel.

Have the Bible read to you:

Here is a link to someone reading the entire 66 books of the Bible on YouTube. It is the King James Version, which is a bit more difficult to understand in some places due to our changing language, but it is beautifully written and pleasing to listen to.

Buy a Dramatized Bible Reading from Amazon (affiliated link):

The Word of Promise Audio Bible, 66 books in the New King James, which has language that has been modernized, for $42. You can listen to a sample.

The 30 Day Challenge:

Read, or have read to you, the entire New Testament in 30 Days! Here is the link to 30 Day Challenge. (Free!)

World Video Bible is a wonderful way to learn more about God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible. There are over 1000 videos, and they are all free! I’ve watched several and they have great theology and stick close to the Bible. They will answer your questions about core Christian principles and deep spiritual topics.

They also have a school to become a preacher of God's Word.  I am currently auditing the video classes. Sign-up is free, I can watch the videos whenever I want, and I don't have to take any tests!  

I was in a stagnant place in my Bible reading and am thrilled to be learning more theology from very qualified "old-fashioned" Bible teachers!

I have bookmarked this page so it is easy for me to find each morning.

Church Services Online

You can watch a church service that adheres strictly to the Biblical truths at, in either Spanish or English.

There are now many churches having their sermons online, but whom can you trust?

Personally, I choose to listen to ministers from the Church of Christ. Churches of Christ are elder-led, independent churches (no headquarters) who follow the New Testament teachings to the best of their ability. They also have a tradition of singing worship songs a capella. 10 Things to Know about CofC History and Beliefs does good job of quickly explaining what they believe.

  • Adhere solely to the Bible (sola scriptura).  Bible is the “constitution” of the church and practices.
  • Autonomous congregations that are solely elder-led.
  • Elders are chosen by each congregation using 1 Tim. 3:1-8 qualifications.
  • Male-led congregations: Ministers, teachers, evangelists, missionaries.
  • Congregations decide how to help the widows, orphans, and aged.
  • Congregations decide how to help preach the gospel worldwide.
  • Believer’s baptism by immersion.
  • Church believes in spiritual unity with other Christians based upon the Bible.
  • Church tries to represent in modern times Christ’s original church first established on Pentecost.

[Warning Note: United Church of Christ is NOT the same church. Whenever you see United in a church title they will often teach a Social Justice gospel – not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a Mormon church (cult) and is not affiliated with the Churches of Christ.]

 As a recap:

Churches of Christ regularly teach that the process of salvation comprises the subsequent actions:

  • – One must be properly taught, and hear (Romans 10:14-17);
  • – One must believe or have faith (Hebrews 11:6, Mark 16:16);
  • – One must repent, which means turning from one’s former lifestyle and choosing God’s ways (Acts 17:30);
  • – One must confess belief that Jesus is the son of God (Acts 8:36–37);
  • – One must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38); and
  • – One must live faithfully as a Christian (1 Peter 2:9).

Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas is at Sunset Connect on YouTube (link will take you to their most recent videos). I’m greatly enjoying their singing, communion time each week, and sermons.

They have 10 songs interspersed throughout the talking. Songs on the link below include We’re Marching to Zion; Great Things; All to Us; Highly Exalted; In Need; I Stand in Awe; Let It Rise; the Celtic song Oh How Good It Is (one of my favs); His Grace Reaches Me; and Build Your Kingdom Here.


May God bless you as you turn to Him and Praise Him in all things,



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