We use the letters A, B, and C in Vacation Bible School to remind us of three important words.
 
A stands for admit. When God’s Holy Spirit lets you know it is time to trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord, the first thing you must do is admit to God that you are a sinner. You need to ask God to forgive you of your sin, and tell God you don’t want to sin anymore. This is called repenting.
 
B is for believe. To become a Christian you must believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin.
 
C stands for confess. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord by telling others about the decision you have made.
 
You can become a Christian by following these steps. Jesus becomes your Savior and Lord when you admit you are a sinner, believe that Jesus is God’s Son and trust Jesus to save you, and confess your faith in Him as your Savior and Lord.

God’s Plan of Salvation

In Vacation Bible School we teach the “ABCs of Becoming a Christian” because they are easy for the children to understand and remember. We want to provide a more detailed description with reference to God’s Word of what it means to be a Christian. Being a Christian means that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. It doesn’t mean that you are perfect, but it does mean that you are forgiven and have been restored into a relationship with God through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. It also means that you have a future with God after this life in heaven where Jesus has gone to prepare your forever home. God’s Plan of Salvation does not refer to a specific, documented “plan” to accept salvation, but here is some scripture to help you understand what it means:
 

Romans 3:23 tells us that every person on earth falls short of the requirements to be able to enter heaven after this life is over.

“All” refers to every man, woman and child. Every person must admit that they are a sinner before they can be saved.
 

Romans 6:23 helps us to understand that being a sinner carries a penalty.

This verse lets us know how bad our situation is and then immediately lets us know that we have hope through the gift of God and his name is Jesus Christ, our Lord. The disciple John referred to this in his writings as passing from death to life. Paul was writing here that God showed His unflinching, unwavering love for us by sending His Son to die on the cross for us.
 

John 14:6 tells us that Jesus is the only way to heaven

Many people have questioned this verse and sought to disprove it, but evidence will show that Jesus truly is the only way to heaven. At some point, you need to trust (have faith) that this verse is true.

Romans 10:9-10 shows that with our heart, we believe unto righteousness and with our mouth, we confess.

We must do more than just say we are Christian, we must believe by faith and live by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We must ask for forgiveness and then repent (turn towards God).

Romans 10:13 shows that when we ask Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin, we can trust that He can and will give us forgiveness, and is able to save us.
Whosoever? That’s you and me! Believe in Him! Ask Him! He promises that He will save us!
 
So what’s next? Once you become a follower of Jesus, you continue to grow in your faith through prayer, Bible study, service, and fellowship with other believers. Our prayer at LGBC is that the Lord will lead us to the lost so they will come into His family and do this for His glory. If we can be of any help to you in your walk with Christ, please feel free to join us for one of our Sunday or Wednesday services. Or, you can call the church office (423) 246-2562 and we would be glad to help. You can find more information about the beliefs of our church in the “Who We Are” section.

An easy and fun way to memorize scripture

A All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. [Romans 3:23]
B Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! [John 1:29]
C Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [Matthew 11:28]
D Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. [James 4:8]
E Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. [Matthew 18:14]
F For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. [Ephesians 2:8]
G God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. [John 3:16]
H Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. [John 6:37]
I I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. [John 14:6]
J Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” [John 6:29]
K Knock, and it will be opened to you. [Matthew 7:7]
L Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! [Isaiah 45:22]
M My grace is sufficient for you. [2 Corinthians 12:9]
N Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. [2 Corinthians 6:2]
O Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. [Psalm 119:18]
P Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [John 14:27]
Q Quicken me according to Thy Word. [Psalm 119:154]
R Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. [Psalm 37:7]
S Seek, and you will find. [Matthew 7:7]
T The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. [1 John 1:7]
U Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Chris the Lord. [Luke 2:11]
V Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. [John 6:47]
W What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? [Mark 8:36]
X Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [John 3:3]
Y You are not your own … For you were bought at a price. [1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20]
Z Zealous for good works. [Titus 2:14]