First Steps 1

Be Sure of Your Salvation

God wants you to know for sure that you have eternal life. Eternal life is not based on your feelings, but on the facts found in the Bible

First Steps 1 (pdf)


1. Your  Assurance Is Based on the Word of God. The Bible states in John 3:16 and 1 John 5:11-13 that God wants you to know that you have eternal life. Read the verses and underline them in your Bible.

2. Your Assurance Is Based on the Promises of God. What are the promises found in the following two verses?

That if you ___________________ with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and _______________ in your heart that God raised him from the dead, ______________ __________________ ________ _____________________” (Romans 10:9).

“‘I tell you the truth, whoever hears my _______________ and __________________ him who sent me has _________________ ______________ and will not be ____________________’” (John 5:24).

3. Your Assurance Is Based on the Character of God. A promise is only as reliable as the person who makes it. That is why the assurance of your salvation rests on God’s character. What do these verses teach about His character?

God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is _______________________” 

(1 Corinthians 1:9).

The one who calls you is _____________________ and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is ________________” (Hebrews 10:23).

The Bible teaches that God is faithful (reliable, steadfast, trustworthy, and stable). You can believe the promises because you know the Promisor. God, your loving Father, is absolutely faithful. Nothing will change His mind about your salvation. Nothing will separate you from His love. Your relationship to God through Jesus is secure.

What does God’s Word say about the security of your salvation? Read Romans 8:38-39. Can any circumstance separate you from God? ____________

4. Your Assurance Is Based on the Spirit of God. To further assure you of your salvation, God has sent living, daily proof of your relationship. As an official seal is placed on a contract between two individuals to guarantee the contract’s validity, so God has given a seal (guarantee) of His promise to you.

Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What is the seal given by God as a guarantee of His promise?


The Holy Spirit at work within you is indisputable proof of your salvation. The Holy Spirit’s work in your life will bring changes. Some changes will be gradual; some will be instant. The inward and outward changes that result are the final proof of your salvation.


Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and fill in the missing words.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a _______________ ______________; the old has _______________, the new has _________________!”

What changes have you seen in your life since you committed it to Jesus Christ?

Therefore, your assurance is based on:

1. The ______________________________ of God

2. The ______________________________ of God

3. The ______________________________ of God

4. The ______________________________ of God


(First Steps lessons are adapted from "Beginning Steps, A Growth Guide for New Believers,  ©1993, North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Alpharetta, Georgia)