My pastor says that the greatest question ever asked is found in the book of Acts: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Here’s how he answers the question:
The Apostle Paul outlines the answer to the question in his letter to the Romans. Chapter 3 verse 23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” None of us are in good standing with God. We have broken his Commandments, we have taken his name in vain, we have done things against his precious holiness. We're all guilty and we stand before God that way: Guilty!
If we do not accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our payment for our sins, then we'll have to pay the penalty. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” That word, death, means that we will be eternally separated in a place that wasn't even prepared for mankind; a place of torment called Hell.
In that verse, God says that the wages of our sin is death BUT the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. I've often thought, “Why would a loving God send his precious son to this earth to die in such an inhumane way?”
The answer is found in Romans 5:8, “For God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God loves us so much that his Son willingly “for the joy that was set before him” went to the cross and volunteered to shed his blood on our behalf - the sinless blood of God!
Again, the question, “What must we do to be saved?” is answered in Romans 10:9. “That if Thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved." Then in verse 13, he says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
So you see, God didn't make the Plan of Salvation like an Einstein formula. It is as simple as
a. I accept Christ as my savior.
b. I believe on him as my Savior.
c. I accept him as my Savior.
When we do those things, the Bible says we are saved. So I pray that if you haven't made that commitment that you bow your heart before God and you pray this simple prayer of salvation. Just say to the Lord,
“Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sin. Come into my life and save me. Thank you for dying on the cross in my place. Now help me from this day forward to live for you. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”
So you're ready to finally get started drawing, but you don't know what you need or how to get started. As a former high school art teacher, I can hook you up!
First of all, you need good paper. Not typing paper or copy paper, but honest-to-goodness artist grade paper that will stand up to good drawing pencils and erasing. My favorite all-purpose drawing paper is 90# sulphite loose paper. But you might prefer a bound pad of paper, so I've linked to both below. Whichever paper you choose, I recommend that you get at least 80# or 90# paper.
You'll also want a good eraser, one that won't buff up the paper and leave ghosts of what you have erased. As long as it's a good quality plastic eraser, you will be fine.
Next, good drawing pencils are a must. If you already have a good quality #2 graphite pencil, that might be all you need. If, however, you want an actual drawing pencil, I've listed a set of chunky ones that I like plus a good pencil sharpener. Choose smaller diameter pencils if that feels more appropriate. #2, #4, and #6 are my favorites.
Choose materials that speak to you. And know that you can pick all these things up at a brick and mortar store. I'm adding links because that is a super easy way to show you exactly what to look for. (And yes, I might receive a tiny commission if you buy at Amazon.)