God wants to have a personal relationship with you.

Let that sink in—the Creator of the universe is interested in having a relationship with you!

There’s just one problem:

Everyone is a sinner.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23

The Bible says we have all (every single person) sinned and fallen short of the perfection of God. This is a problem because even though God wants to have a relationship with us, our sins keep us separated from Him.

Sin has a price that must be paid.

The bad news doesn’t stop there. God is a just god and a righteous judge, and He must punish our sin.

For the wages of sin is death. —Romans 6:23a

The Bible says that the penalty of sin is death: separation from God for all eternity in hell.

But wait! Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay for your sin.

But God commendeth [showed] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8

We are condemned to death, but God loved us and didn’t want to be separated from us. He loved us so much that, even though we didn’t deserve it, He sent His son, Jesus, to earth to live a perfect, sinless life and die on the cross to pay for our sins.

Romans 6:23 may start with the bad news of the penalty for sin, but it ends with hope!

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. —Romans 6:23b

God freely offers salvation from the penalty of sin, an eternity of separation from him in hell, and a home in heaven to everyone: to you!

What do I have to do?

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. —Romans 10:9,13

Salvation is free gift, given by God. In order to receive it, we must:

  • Acknowledge that we are a sinner. And that because of this sin, we deserve separation from God for eternity in Hell.
  • Confess, or agree to God, that no goodness we possess is sufficient to forgive this sin. 
  • Believe that Jesus, God in the flesh (John 1:1), died as a Sufficient, Substitutionary Sacrifice and that His shed blood can wash away our sin. 
  • Trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone (not baptism, confirmation, good works, church attendance, etc.) to take away that sin.
  • Ask Jesus to save you from the penalty of your sin! 

Any questions?

We’d love to talk to you about your eternity or answer any questions you might have about what the Bible says. Contact us by calling the church at 651-739-9362, emailing Pastor Boyd at pastor@oakdalebaptistmn.com, or filling out the form below!

We’re looking forward to talking to you!