Summary: Don't make salvation into a hard thing. God makes it easy. There is nothing complicated about it.
IL. : the veteran baseball player and the rookie
"the field is so messed up that nobody can play it well"
Adam, the first man, sinned, and this world has been messed up ever since.
I. Provided for any and all.
A. We are all born sinners.
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (KJV)
10 como está escrito: No hay justo ni aun uno; (SRVA)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (KJV)
23 porque todos pecaron y no alcanzan la gloria de Dios, (SRVA)
B. Death is not Optional
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
27 Entonces, tal como está establecido que los hombres mueran una sola vez, y después el juicio, (SRVA)
C. God does not Exclude Anyone
34 ¶ Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: (KJV)
34 ¶ Entonces Pedro, abriendo su boca, dijo: --De veras, me doy cuenta de que Dios no hace distinción de personas, (SRVA)
II. An Easy Formula
Man tries to make it so hard to be saved. Certain church, certain words to say,certain ritual, certain place, certain time, certain age, etc.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (KJV)
8 Porque por gracia sois salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de vosotros, pues es don de Dios. (SRVA)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (KJV)
9 que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y si crees en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de entre los muertos, serás salvo. (SRVA)
1. Confess with the mouth
2. Believe in your heart
Call = to cry out, make known your need or wish (prayer)
III. The Specific One Who can Help You
"upon the name of the Lord"
--The pastor or bishop can't save you. None of the prophets or apostles.
1 Tim. 2:5
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus; (KJV)
5 Porque hay un solo Dios y un solo mediador entre Dios y los hombres, Jesucristo hombre, (SRVA)
It is not how long you pray or how loud you pray or how much you cry, neither how eloquent words you use. The important thing is that you call on Jesus in sincerity and truth.
IV. No Need for Doubt
"shall be saved"
It is not about feelings, though you surely will feel better. Just believe the Word of God. He certifies that you have been saved if you have called on Him and repented of your sins.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
23 Porque la paga del pecado es muerte; pero el don de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús, Señor nuestro. (SRVA)
Our soul is eternal. Salvation provides eternal life instead of eternal death.