This message is one of the most practical that I will ever speak. Salvation is the key to the kingdom of God. Jesus came so that everyone could be saved from their sins. He died on a cross to grant us grace and mercy and to give us access to the Father. The simple picture above is the scripture basis for salvation. If you want to explore these scriptures you will find evidence for what I have spoken about. Believing is how this happens, not by works or acts. Faith is what brings us into relationship with Christ.
Water baptism is the outward confirmation of an inward decision. What should keep us from being baptized? (Acts 8:36) That was the question that a new believer posed to Philip as he accepted Christ into his life. The word had become alive to him so that he recognized his need for a savior. He was baptized and this amazing story of conversion is on record in Acts so that we can imitate it.
The outward results is that these definitions affect who you are. Your respect for others and your attitude toward others is dramatically affected by making Jesus the Lord of your life. The reflection that starts to come off of you is that you have had an encounter with someone greater than you. Jesus starts to become evident in your attitude so much that others start to notice that something has changed inside of you. Again the inward decision start to become evident in your outward reflection. I know it sounds kind of crazy but what is happening on the inside of you starts to transform who you were in the past and starts to make you into a new person. This is possible for anyone who believes. My friend Reggie Dabbs put is this way: you can't change your past but you can change your future. When you start to follow Jesus as the Lord of your life your past doesn't change but your future start to become one filled with potential and destiny. Come on and follow Jesus with me. As I follow Christ, come follow me and we will reflect him together.