1.) HEAR - Romans 10:17

We must hear the message.
"Now when they heard {this}, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37 NASB) The people on the day of Pentecost heard the gospel message. Their response to the message is the same one that candidates for salvation today must have, "what shall we do?" We see what God has done to save mankind by sending His son to die for us. The Bible teaches that salvation is conditional, that there is something that each candidate for salvation must do.


"I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am {He}, you shall die in your sins." (John 8:24 NASB)

"Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:30-31 NASB)

"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." (Mark 16:16 NASB)


This means to change the way you think religiously and spiritually toward God and sin. It means changing the mind, resulting in turning from sin and turning toward God. The people on the day of Pentecost said, "what shall we do?" Peter said, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; . . ." (Acts 2:38 NASB). Luke 13:3 says, "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (NASB)


Romans 10:9 says, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;" (NASB) We must confess the name of Jesus Christ, that He is our Lord and He is the Son of God. These are His claims. We must not deny them; for if we do Matthew 10:32-33 says, "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." (NASB)


When you have met the conditions above, you are now ready to be immersed in water "for the forgiveness of your sins." We have read two passages already, Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38. By this act of obedience you will be saved and your sins will be forgiven. 1 Peter 3:21 says, ". . . baptism now saves you . . ." Galatians 3:27 teaches that through baptism one puts on Christ. Romans 6:1-4 teaches that baptism is the way one gets into Christ.


(a) Romans 6:1-2 says, "Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be . . ." No longer live for sin.

(b) Colossians 1:21-23 ". . . if indeed you continue in the faith . . ." We must continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast.

(c) Revelation 2:10 says, "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."


There is a great day coming when God will judge the world. This great salvation cannot be ignored. For if we do, we will be punished. But if we are obedient to the gospel message of salvation, we will be saved.