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What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Acts 16:25-31)

Introductory Thoughts

Man has corrupted the simplicity of salvation. Some say entrance to heaven is based upon following some set of creeds, joining a church, being baptized, or expressing some heartless prayer. Others have suggested that God will put each man’s good works in a balance with his bad works, and so long as the good outweighs the bad, man will find entrance into heaven. Still others suggest there is any number of ways to gain entrance into heaven. How can man possibly wade his way through the confusion and be certain that heaven will be his future destination? To a great extent, this was the question that the Philippian jailor posed to the apostle Paul. Paul boldly answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Paul told the jailor the truth and then prophesied that the family would follow his lead in salvation.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Cornelius needed to be saved (Acts 10:1-6; Acts 11:13-14). Peter told him the only way was by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36, 38-43).
  • (For everyone): Read John 3:36; Acts 8:37; Acts 13:38-39; and Romans 10:9-10, 13. What does God say that a man must do in order to be saved?
  • What are you trusting for your salvation? Do you remember a time when you realized that you had sinned against a holy God and were unable to work your way to heaven? Did you call upon the name of the Lord for salvation?

Prayer Thoughts

  • If you have not, call upon the Lord for salvation.
  • If you are saved, thank God for His salvation.