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The ABC’s of Salvation

The ABC’s of Salvation are an easy way to remember the Gospel message. This method is a great way to share the Gospel with children who are currently learning the alphabet.

Key Verses: Romans 3:23; 6:23; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9, John 3:16; 15:6; Romans 5:8. Romans 10:9-10, 13

Source: Dave Earley and David Wheeler*

What to Say: 

A – Admit that you’re a sinner, and that no matter what good deeds you do, you cannot earn God’s love and forgiveness. Key Verses: Luke 18:9-14, Romans 3:23; 6:23; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9 

Here’s the bad news. We all have a problem. It’s called sin. No one is perfect. No one is living a life the way God intended us to live.  The consequence of sin is eternal death. 

B – Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. Believe He rose from the dead on the third day and is alive today. Key Verses: John 3:16; 15:6; Romans 5:8. 

Here is the good news. God loves us so much that He can forgive any sin, no matter how big or small. God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross to save us from sin. Jesus promises us that if we put our trust in Him, He will save us from our sin. 

C – Confess your faith in Christ. Key Verses: Romans 10:9-10, 13

When Jesus rose from the dead, He proved His victory over eternal death. God wants you to confess (that means to “say with your mouth”) that Jesus is Lord. He is your Savior. 

D – Do everything Jesus has commanded you. Key Verses: Matthew 7:21, Matthew 28:20. 

Now that you have decided to ask Jesus to forgive your sins, it is time to live for Him. The Bible gives us instructions on how to live the God kind of way. 

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Thoughts About the ABC’s of Salvation 

* The ABC’s of Salvation are typically known as Admit, Believe, Confess, and Do. Technically, these four points are not the Gospel, rather they are the Biblical responses a person should have to the Gospel. It is important not to rush the Gospel presentation when the ABC’s are presented. For example, when one is ministering to children the temptation is to rush right to the end in order to get the kids to make a verbal commitment to Christ, but it is important to the complete message of Christ’s redemption including creation, the fall, and how Christ saves us. 

* A+B+C = Salvation + D = Sanctification 

* After I teach school children about the ABC’s of Salvation, I ask them to repeat after me using numbers to help them remember what Jesus has done for them: 

1-2-3 “Repeat after me,” 5-6-7 “Now you go to heaven,” 8-9-10, “You are born-again!”  


*Dave Earley and David Wheeler, Evangelism Is… (Nashville, TN: B & H Academic Publishing, 2010), 334.