Are There Really 3 Steps to Salvation? Faith 101

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Are there really 3 steps to salvation?

What does it mean to be born again? After all, we can’t exactly go back into mom’s womb a second time, can we? (Asks a church leader in John chapter 3)

I’m writing this post for 4 people:
1: Anyone who is curious about becoming a Christian. 
2: New Believers who want to know the next steps after salvation. 
3: Christians who want to share the wonderful Savior but aren’t sure how. 
4: Me. I need the practice in sharing the 3 steps to salvation.  My assignment is to “always be ready to explain the hope that is within me” (1 Peter 3:15).

I am no expert, but I love God and am so very grateful for my salvation that I have to share it. Finding hope makes all the difference in the world! 

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3 Steps to Salvation 

3 steps to salvation sounds almost like a formula, or even legalistic. But that’s not what I’m trying to share. I don’t believe in a ritual that saves. It’s a living Savior whom I serve. He is actively involved in the process. (It would be impossible without him!)

There are 3 steps to salvation as far as the process of being born again goes, though.

What Does it Mean to be Born Again?

We had our physical birth, for our tangible self. But that only happens once, so what does it mean to be born again


It’s a spiritual birth, for our spiritual self. 

John 3:2-6
2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Did you catch that? Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit (God, the Holy Spirit) gives birth to spirit. 

Looking at several verses about God giving us His Spirit is awesome! They both encouraged and humbled me. His own Spirit living in me! Our God is so generous! 

Three Steps to Salvation 

So yes, there are basically three steps to salvation, this gift God is giving away for free. The terminology may vary somewhat but not the theology. 
The first one is very uncomfortable, but if we don’t start here, as Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort explain, that parachute will become a burden and not a blessing. If we don’t understand the weight that is being lifted off our shoulders, we will not appreciate the safety Jesus provides. 

3 Steps to Salvation: Admit ~ Believe ~ Confess 

Admit (to God, & Yourself!) that you are a sinner

According to the Billy Graham website

Defining Sin: Let me give you a definition of sin. Sin is any lack of conformity to the moral character of God or the law of God. We sin by thinking evil, speaking evil, acting evil or omitting good.

We can sometimes fool ourselves into believing we haven’t thought, spoken or acted evil, but that last one, man. Omitting good. (James 4:17) ouch. 

The law (beginning with the 10 Commandments) was given so we could recognize where we fall short of God’s perfect standard. Romans 7:7-25 explains this way better than I could. Please take a minute to read the whole passage here

Romans 7:7 ESV — What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

Acknowledging that these verses are true and apply to me is the place to begin. 

Romans 3:23 NASB — for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 NASB — For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Believe the Good News

God has a rescue plan. He sent his son to take our deserved punishment for sin. Because of that, we get the incredible privilege of eternal life (living forever in heaven). 

John 3:16 ESV — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Not only is He willing to save us from our own sins, But He also calls us Friends!

John 15:15 ESV — No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

That first step is hard, admitting we’re not perfect. Believing that Jesus Died for ME, that he considers ME valuable enough to rescue, amidst all the other people throughout time, that may be even harder! He probably would have done the same for Only ME, or Only YOU! Mind-blowing!!! (read Luke chapter 15 if you don’t believe me!) 


Confess that Jesus is Lord

Matthew 10:32 and Romans 10:9 say that if we Confess (tell others) what Jesus has Done for us, then he will acknowledge us before God. Basically, he will claim us as belonging to Him. 

Out of our joy and relief its only natural to shout from the rooftop that we have been rescued. To commit to following Jesus and sharing his love with others. 

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ABC of Salvation Prayer

There are no ‘Magic Words’ in an ABC of Salvation prayer. The process of Admitting to God that you have fallen short of his perfect standard and Believing that the gift of salvation applies to you is very personal. 

I’ve heard some ‘Sinners prayers’ over the years, and I’m not sure if they are helpful or not. Sometimes I wonder if people may begin to question whether or not they got the words right. Like maybe they are capable of “messing it up and not being saved” because of it. 

It’s not about the words. It’s all about the Savior! You can read all about his story in these marvelous Easter story books that teach the real meaning of Easter.

ABC of Salvation Prayer Printable

That said, I do have an ABC of Salvation prayer printable for you. Sometimes it helps to have a tool, a guide for going through the 3 steps to salvation. 

Am I Saved if I Keep Sinning 

Now, maybe you’ve been a Christian for a while. You followed the 3 steps to salvation. And you still aren’t perfect. If you find yourself wondering ‘Am I saved if I keep sinning?’ I mean, still struggling with:

  • Temper
  • Lying 
  • Gossip
  • Control 
  • Unforgiveness
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Gossip…

Short answer: Every Christian (Every person, really) struggles with sin on a regular basis. Go back to Romans 7. Paul, who wrote about half of the New Testament, struggled to do right, and not do wrong. Check out these 2 letters written to Believers:

Jesus’ brother says in James 1:14-15 (ESV) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death.

And then there’s 1 John 1:7-9 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

So you can be saved and still sin. The difference is that you recognize and admit that you sinned, ask for forgiveness, and believe that God forgave you. 

Turn from your sin. If being around this thing or that person is a tripping hazard, make a change.

Okay, I’m Born Again Now What? 

So you’ve been through the 3 steps to salvation. You are naturally wondering, I’m born again, now what?? 

It’s like the beginning of most relationships. You want to spend time together. Get to know each other better. 

It’s also a training period at the beginning of a new job. There’s probably going to be some pruning that happens

But whatever else it is, it’s definitely a journey! We have not arrived at the destination. 

Next Steps After Salvation

Being 21st-century individuals, I know how important checklists are to most of us. This is not meant to be a “to do” list that measures your success. If it were, many of us would be failures.

See this post that serves as an excellent Mythbuster of the ‘checklist mentality’ many people see in the Proverbs 31 Woman.

This list has values and priorities of Christians and is important. It’s not that we’re to do everything on this list every day, but they should never be far from us either. 

So, the next steps after salvation are relational:

  • Reading the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) {A great place to begin: John, Romans, James, Hebrews}
  • Praying (tell God everything, ask questions, and so much more) 
  • Corporate Worship (find a church, go regularly, and worship God together ~ Hebrews 10:25) 
  • Fellowship (This means becoming friends with people at church, doing LIFE together, not just Sunday mornings. A place to practice the fruit of the Spirit.) 
  • Share God’s love with others (Be enthusiastic without being obnoxious or railroading people! Be kind.) 
  • Act Justly, Seek Mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) 
  • Control your tongue, look out for orphans and Widows,  and not let the world corrupt you (James 1:26-27) 

ABC of Salvation Prayer PDF

Don’t forget to grab your copy of the ABC of Salvation prayer PDF before you go! And drop a comment below to let me know if you need any help with this!

What Does it Mean to be Born Again?

What does it mean to be born again? It means a new life where you aren’t carrying the weight of the world anymore. Jesus is. And there is freedom here! Room to breathe. So we can in turn help others!

 ~ Books to Read: 

And for those of you who have kids, the Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers series is seriously amazing! The Gospel, The Scripture, The Trinity, and The Mission are fun and easy to understand, unlocking the truth for Little Thinkers ??

Don’t Blame The Mud: Only Jesus Makes us Clean is another fun book for teaching kids about sin and salvation.

~ Apps for You

  •  Superbook app for kids
  • Blue Letter bible or YouVersion for adults
  • PrayerMate is an excellent way of keeping track of your prayer list.

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

26 Comments on “Are There Really 3 Steps to Salvation? Faith 101”

  1. 3 steps to salvation is so clear and simple. When accepted Christ by myself when Billy Graham was on tv, I had no idea what it all meant or whether it worked! I said the prayer every night for the 3 nights of the Crusade just in case. This is a wonderful guide for those who are seeking.

    1. I’m glad you found the three steps to salvation clear and simple!
      I love the way God works through us humans to share his love!

  2. The 3 steps to salvation is clear and simple, short and sweet yet to the point. We as humans tend to make it more complicated. Thanks for sharing your heart

    1. You’re welcome! We do tend to complicate things. Our quest for the easy road usually ends up taking the long way!

  3. This is the method we use to help kids understand salvation and share the good news themselves. Salvation is so simple it really does fit in to a 3 step plan! Love that God made it easy!

    1. Thank you LeeAnn! This means a lot to me. The 3 steps to salvation are meant to be a simple starting point for a relationship with Jesus. I’m glad that comes through!

  4. Simple and TRUE! Thanks for sharing this great, 3 steps to salvation, plan! We really don’t need to complicate it beyond what Scripture teaches. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh boy. I forget about this (a lot.) It’s not that I’m not saved (I am) but I forget to share the salvation part with others. Thanks for reminding me today and for keeping it simple!

    1. That’s what I was aiming for! Keeping things simple so we can remember them and share Jesus with others. Three steps to salvation is easy to remember, and easy to understand. Now to get out there and share!

  7. I do agree that Salvation is simple and we must have the faith of a child to believe. However, over many years I have also come to realize that people are often told to just “pray this prayer’ and you are saved. As a result, many do not have the true knowledge of what the gospel is and they continue on in their sinful lifestyle on the presumption that because they prayed a prayer, “all is good”, or many struggle with assurance. Salvation makes a new creature and old things are passed away (2 Cor. 5:17), but this is not the case in so many who profess to believe. Thank you for sharing and for your heart in wanting the gospel to be shared with others.

    1. You are right. The prayer is the beginning of a journey. Everything changes, and should change. I do have a few more posts planned in this Faith 101 series. 3 steps to salvation is just the starting point. I plan to address some of the next steps after salvation soon.

      Thank you for taking the time to read this and comment!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate that! I think this post received more prayer and care than any other one that I have written!

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