What does it mean to be saved?

The plan of salvation outlines how God redeems humanity from sin and its devastating consequences. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and was resurrected from the dead. Consequently, our sins can be forgiven and we can receive eternal life. We must however, repent of our sins, place our trust in Christ's finished work on the cross, and receive Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior. The following Passages of Scripture summarize this glorious plan of salvation.

God loves all of us!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But we are all sinners!
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

And sin has a penalty!
For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

Christ has paid our penalty!
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Salvation is a gift from God!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Christ is knocking at the door for our hearts!
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelations 3:20)

We must receive Him by faith into our hearts!
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)

It is a FACT, not a feeling! Salvation must be a fact through faith, before it is a feeling. (Act 16:30,31)

It is receiving a NEW LIFE, not turning over a new leaf! (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15)

It is GOD'S WORK FOR US, not our work for God! (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)

It is CHRISTIANITY, not churchianity! (Act 4:12; John 14:6; Hebrews 7:25)

It is TRUSTING, not trying! (Romans 3:20-26; Galatians 3:10-14)

It is HEART FAITH, not head knowledge!

The Way to Salvation: Placing Faith in Christ
Placing faith in Christ involves the following:

Acknowledging our need for Christ to save us
Turning from our will & way to God's will & way
Accepting Christ into our hearts as Lord & Savior
Receiving salvation & eternal life as gifts from God
Trusting Him to change our hearts & lives