Becoming a Christian…
Becoming a Christian is a response on the part of the person to the drawing of the Holy Spirit of God. Important Point: We look to the Bible and not tradition for answers to the question, how does one become a Christian?
God loves you.
16 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
Sin (Anything contrary to the will and character of God) separates us from a relationship with God.
1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities (sins) have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. - Isaiah 59: 1-2
Sin is primarily against God and leads to death (spiritual and eventually physical) and is a condition that effects all people.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3: 23-24
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6: 23
The grace of God saves (redeems) a person who exercises their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for their sins. This is a personal acceptance that among the sins Jesus died for on the cross they include your own.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2: 8-9
Believe on Jesus Christ – turning your life over to Him embracing His love and living for Him.
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, ” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That 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. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10: 8-13
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2: 10
Where do you go from here?
So, now what? Pray (speak to God) and ask for Him to be your Savior – tell Him that you believe in the work that His Son Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross – it was your sin that He died for. Ask for God’s forgiveness – embrace it and start reading your Bible (The New Testament Gospel of John is a great place to start). Let someone know what you have done – if you have questions – ask someone and seek the answers.
If you would like to talk to someone about becoming a Christian, contact our Pastor (Vince Armfield). If you have prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior – we would love to hear about it. Please contact us so that we can pray with you and encourage you.
If you do not have a church home and family, we heartily invite you to join us in worshipping and growing in our faith in Jesus Christ.
God bless you!