Recently blogthechurch posted about what must happen in a person’s life for them to be saved (September 28, 2009, https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/evangelism-is-what-it-is-or-is-it-what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/) Here is what the Bible says:
A person must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead (John 3:16; Romans 10:9b & 10a)
A person must repent of their sins to God (Acts 2:38)
A person must confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 9a & 10b)
And a person must be baptized (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 1:21)
There are some people who have objected and said that I left something out. What about the sinner’s prayer?
Good question. I can’t find the sinner’s prayer in the Bible. There is nothing saying that an individual must offer a specified prayer. There is no example of anyone offering a prayer anything like the sinner’s prayer. That is the reason I did not list it in what must a person do to be saved. I don’t find what is called the sinner’s prayer in the Bible.
Repentance is an admission of guilt. Admitting that they are a sinner and a heartfelt commitment to once saved, move away from sin and toward Christ. And if we examine 1 Peter 3:21, it states this, “Baptism now saves you, not the washing away of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience.”
An appeal to God for a clear conscience. Baptism in itself is saying to God. “I am trusting you God, based on your promise in your Son, that if I come to you in baptism because of my belief, repentance and confession that you will save me from my sins.” Baptism itself you could say is a prayer to God.
I don’t find a “sinner’s prayer” in the New Testament Scriptures, but I have no problem with anyone who is coming to Christ , who will submit themselves to baptism to be saved, asking God for forgiveness. It’s just not a Biblical mandate.