• Salvation Through Christ
  • Who is Jesus? Learn about Salvation.

    Thank you for your interest in Colorado Christian University! As our name states, we are unashamedly Christian. That means we hold the conviction that life is made meaningful and worthy through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. This relationship is both now, in this life, and eternal, life after death in heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, New International Version).

    Every human being is offered this relationship with God; that includes you! Here are some simple steps to begin your relationship with Jesus and be saved.

    Recognize your need for a Savior

    First, you must recognize your need for such a relationship. That recognition comes as part of a broader understanding of personal sin and guilt: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NIV).

    Sin is any action, thought, or word which is contrary to God’s standard of human behavior.

    Typically we think of sin either as some horribly immoral act, perhaps deserving of severe punishment, or on the other end of the spectrum some action that is more like an unwitting mistake – a kind of “oops” moment. But sin is any action, thought, or word which is contrary to God’s standard of human behavior.

    That is why the Bible says “all have sinned.” Yes, all humans, except Jesus Christ, have sinned and will sin again. The end game for a person who remains in that state of sin and guilt is also described quite clearly in Scripture: “For the wages of sin is death....” – eternal, spiritual death (Romans 6:23, NIV). So, if you’re willing to admit that you’re a sinner and want to escape the death which sin will yield you’re well on your way to that radical life change.

    God’s forgiveness

    Second, upon your conviction that you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness, you confess that need to God. Ask Him for forgiveness. Such a confession is laid out by Jesus in a story he told about a man in similar need. “’God, have mercy on me, a sinner’” was the man’s prayer (Luke 18:13, NIV). Jesus then commented on that prayer, “I tell you that this man…went home justified before God” (Luke 18:14, NIV).

    God’s salvation and grace

    Third, that forgiveness leads to salvation from a life of sin and that changes everything.

    Jesus Christ freely gave up His life, perfect and sinless, for all human beings, neither perfect nor sinless.

    The rest of Romans 6:23 reads, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NIV). “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved….’Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:9-10, 13, NIV).

    Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to earth, lived a sinless life, died as a sacrifice for all human sin and rose again. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV). Jesus Christ freely gave up His life, perfect and sinless, for all human beings, neither perfect nor sinless. He gave His life out of pure love for sinful human beings, and that is why we believe in and confess Jesus Christ, God the Son, as our sacrifice and risen Lord.

    Freedom in Christ

    That’s it, simple yet profound. Confess your sin. Ask God to forgive it all out of His mercy and give you real, eternal life. Believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again to forgive your sins and provide you that eternal life out of His grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV). All of this action on your part is essentially a commitment of your very life to God.

    Welcome to new, saved, redeemed, forgiven life!

    Saved… Now what?

    Now that you’re a new Christ follower – a Christian! – you should do two essential things:

    Confess your sin. Ask God to forgive it all out of His mercy and give you real, eternal life.
    1. Begin reading your Bible on a daily basis (maybe start with the book of John). This will get you in touch with who God is and what His will is for your new life. You’ll get to know your Savior better!
    2. Get involved with a local, Bible-believing church. The Bible calls such communities the “Body of Christ” (see 1 Corinthians 12). In such a community you will grow in your faith and have opportunity to serve God and others. Becoming involved in such a community is not optional for Christians.

    If you have any questions, or would like some advice on this topic, please do not hesitate to ask anyone who works for Colorado Christian University. We all share this same faith and serve this same Lord, and we are at your service!


    Dr. Earl Waggoner

    Dr. Earl Waggoner
    Dean of Biblical Studies & Theology
    Colorado Christian University

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    Colorado Christian University

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    Lakewood, CO 80226

    Dr. Earl Waggoner

    Dean of Biblical Studies & Theology
    College of Adult and Graduate Studies
    303-963-3109
    ewaggoner@ccu.edu

    Dr. David Kotter

    Dean, School of Theology
    College of Undergraduate Studies
    303-963-3170
    dkotter@ccu.edu