The ABC’s of Salvation

Russ Sharrock

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes
on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8)

The other day I talked about
how to witness. I promised to share with you the ABC’s of a gospel
presentation. It stands for:

1) Admit
2) Believe
3) Confess

At its core, the gospel is a story about good news.  Very few church members ever actually make a
gospel presentation to anyone. Let alone family or friends.  I would love to see that change for I believe
that God chose us to be the route by which He grew His church and enlarged His kingdom.  In fact, it is a command found in several
places in the New Testament.  The most well-known
scripture is found in Matthew 28:18-20. You can also find this in Act 1:8; Mark
16:15; Acts 10:42; and 1 Peter 3:15.   

In all my years of ministry trying to keep things simple
so other Christians would go out and proclaim the gospel there is one important
thing I have learned.  In its simplest
form, the ABCs of salvation is not the gospel; rather, the acts of admitting,
believing, and confessing (and you might tack on, repenting) are all biblical
responses to the gospel.

As essential as it is for people to learn how to glorify
God in responding to the gospel, they cannot do so unless they first rightly
hear the message that prompts a response.  Let me add that taking your time ensures that
people clearly understand the full message of God’s redemption—which includes
the story of creation, the Fall, and God’s restoration through Jesus Christ.  Also, Christ challenged people who showed a casual
attitude to the gospel message. (See Matthew 8:18-22)

 For this reason,
and borrowing from LifeWay Christian Resources, I am providing a gospel presentation
for salvation which includes several additional scriptures for your use.

1) God rules: The Bible tells us God created
everything, including you and me, and He is in charge of everything. (See Genesis
1:1; Revelation 4:11; Colossians 1:16-17)

2) We sinned: We all
choose to disobey God.  The Bible calls
this sin.  Sin separates us from God and
deserves God’s punishment of death. (See Romans 3:23; 6:23)

3) God provided: God sent Jesus, the perfect
solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve.  It’s something we, as sinners, could never
earn on our own.  Jesus alone saves us. (See
John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)

4) Jesus gives: Jesus lived a perfect life,
died on the cross for our sins, and rose again.  Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can
be welcomed into God’s family for eternity.  This is the best gift ever! (See Romans 5:8; 2
Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)

Now to review and
answer any subsequent questions:

A “Admit that you are a sinner”

“All have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23)

B — “Believe”

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will
be saved.”
(Acts 16:31)

C — “Confess”

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John

If you admit that you are a sinner according to A,
and if you believe on Christ according to B

C tells you that you must confess that Jesus is
Lord and has already suffered for your sins.  You committed the sins; Christ bore the
punishment in your place.  Now God can
give you—not the punishment, which Christ has already taken upon Himself—but
His gift of salvation, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

That’s how you can be sure you will spend eternity in
heaven.  Now, are you going to just
forget about what you’ve read here and go on as before—without God and without
heaven for your future?  Or will you give
this matter serious consideration and believe God’s A-B-C?  It is God’s way of salvation and the only way
to have a guaranteed future in heaven.

While it is true that salvation is by grace through
faith, the ABC formula by itself won’t lead to conversions if people don’t
understand why grace is needed in the first place and how it is provided
through the cross.

Up to this point, there has been no mention of any other
letters. This comes after they have understood and obeyed the first three


The following verse applies to those who, by faith, have
received God’s salvation.  “For
we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do.”
(Ephesians 2:10)

You can never receive eternal life by earning it.  The good works only prove that you possess
eternal life.   All that is necessary for
your salvation has been completed, and you may simply rest your soul on what He
has already done.  “Neither is
there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.”
(Acts 4:12)

Now, let’s all get out there and proclaim the gospel of
Jesus Christ for the expansion of the kingdom, to honor the Son, and for the glory
of God! Amen!

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not
believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And
how shall they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are
sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring
good news!”
(Romans 10:14-15)

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Reproduced with permission from Russ Sharrock.

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