We are ALL SINNERS. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23"
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
Use God's law (the SCHOOLMASTER) found in the book of Romans to explain what SIN is.
"...I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7"
Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?" Romans 2:21-22"
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents," Romans 1:29-30
As a sinner we are under the curse of GOD'S LAW, and are condemned to JUDGMENT & DEATH.
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that EVERY mouth may be stopped, and ALL THE WORLD MAY BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD." Romans 3:19"
For the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23"
But after thy hardness and IMPENITENT HEART treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God" Romans 2:5
Christ was CONDEMNED on the cross and became the PAYMENT for OUR SINS.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Romans 6:15
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12
The GOODNESS of God found in the gospel should lead us to REPENTANCE & FAITH in Christ!
"...not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to REPENTANCE?" Romans 2:4
"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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
Plan of Salvation -- We think life's most important question is "Are you going to heaven when you die?" It is not a question of how good you are, whether you go to church, or how much money you give to charity. God says, in order to go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3).
If you decided to receive Jesus today, welcome to God's family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
Water Baptism - Many People Ask If It's Required for Salvation. Baptism isn't an act that gets us into heaven - it is faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that offers that assurance. Baptism (by full immersion as taught in the Bible) is an act of obedience that should be an immediate part of our acceptance of the gift of grace offered by Jesus Christ. But it does not mean that one who truly gives their heart to Jesus on a death bed, in the heat of warfare, or in a crashing airplane, will be kept out of heaven because they failed to be baptized. The thief on the cross next to Jesus didn't have time to be baptized before he died, but he had an opportunity to believe in Jesus and put his trust in Him, and Jesus responded by saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43).