My dad asked me to post this. He wrote out some thoughts about the Gospel. You should read it. Twice.
Not of works, lest you should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 "
I - ask Jesus into my heart
I - make a decision for Christ
I - surrender my life to Christ
I - commit my life to Christ
I - etc.
Works asks, "Did I do it right?"
JESUS - died and rose again in my place.
JESUS - shed his blood as a sacrifice for me
JESUS - took my sins in His body on the tree
JESUS - paid my sin debt
JESUS - took my sin and gave me His righteousness
JESUS - washed me clean
JESUS - made me whiter than snow
JESUS - delivered me from guilt and the penalty of sin
Faith says, "I'm sure that Jesus did it right."
The Gospel does not call on the sinner to do something, but rather it calls on us to believe something.