“Do I have to join your church in order to be saved?”
“Not at all. I wouldn’t waste my time trying to convert you to my church in order to be saved.”
“Well then, since I’m a Roman Catholic and my friend here is a member of the Greek Orthodox church, you must believe that one of these religions could save us.”
“I’m afraid not.”
“But you’re a Protestant—I don’t think I understand. You don’t believe that being a Protestant can save you either?”
“Not at all! You can’t be saved by membership in any religion or denomination, but only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.”
“How can you be sure of that?”
“Let’s read what the Bible teaches about Jesus: ‘There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). And again: ‘Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’ (Matthew 1:21). Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’” (John 14:6).
“What then must I do?”
“‘Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,’ for ‘as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God’” (Romans 10:13, John 1:12).
“But will Jesus receive me?”
“Jesus said, ‘Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out’ (John 6:37). He loves you. Yes, He even died for you. He took your sins on the cross of Calvary. Accept him; trust completely his atoning death (personally taking the punishment for your sins). Take him now as your Savior. He will have mercy and forgive all your sins.”
“I believe that Jesus died for me, but how do I receive him as my Savior?”
“You can pray something like this: ‘Lord, I know that I have sinned and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for me and rose from the dead. I invite You into my life to be my Savior.’ “Will you receive Jesus today?”
“Yes, I will. I certainly will!”
You can have assurance of salvation by having complete confidence in Jesus Christ to do what the Bible promises. The Bible says, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).