How do I become a Christian?
God is broken-hearted by what sin has
done to the relationship between Himself and mankind. Whenever we
do something that is contrary to His revealed plan we commit sin.
It doesn't have to be a horrible act like a murder but even a "bad"
thought about someone else is a sin. He wants us to enjoy His plan
for us but sin has separated us from God. However, God has also
established a way for us to be re-united with Him.
The first step is to acknowledge that
we are not perfect. Everyone sins! God's Word says:
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Since we've compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and
them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious
lives God wills for us,
did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with
himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us
to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,
justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by
God is a Holy, Pure and Just God and
can't bear to have sin near Him. Sin requires punishment, which is
eternal separation from God and His love. However, he has planned
an incredible reward for us, one with eternal blessing.
hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift
is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
The punishment for sin is eternal
separation from God but God still desires a close relationship with each
of us. Therefore, for us to be re-united with God required a very
special act. God loves us so much that He was willing to allow His
only son to suffer OUR punishment as a ransom for us.
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only
Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in
him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an
accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to
put the world right again.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.
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.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through him.
All have sinned. It doesn't
matter how good a life we think we have led. We can't even compare
ourselves to others because we can always find someone who we think is
"worse than us". God only compares us to His standard and we fall
short on our own. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear
our penalty and save us from our fate. There is absolutely nothing
we can do to avoid the punishment on our own. Otherwise, we would
think we rescued ourselves and once again ignore God.
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough
to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish!
don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging
that we'd done the whole thing!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God-
by works, so that no one can boast.
So, how does one become a Christian?
It is actually quite simple (for us) because Jesus Christ has done
everything for us. He had to suffer the cruel punishment of
crucifixion and was buried in a cold tomb. But it didn't end
there! Three days later He rose from the dead, having conquered death
and providing a means of rescue (salvation) for all who believe in Him.
Say the welcoming word to God--"Jesus is my Master"--embracing, body and
soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the
dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out
to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation.
your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say
it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your
heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
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.
it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you confess and are saved.
When you acknowledge that you are a
sinner and that Christ is the Son of God, God welcomes you into His
family with open arms. In fact He considers you as His own child,
with all the rights and privileges of belonging to His family.
But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would
do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God, to those who believe in His name:
to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the
right to become children of God—
You see, the only way to receive a
gift is to accept it from the Giver. But don't delay. We
don't know when we will lose the opportunity to accept this gift of
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.
Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped.
tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
If God has touched your heart and you
want to accept this gift, here is a simple prayer that you can say:
Lord of all creation. I confess
that Your Son Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried and rose from
the dead. I admit that I am a sinner, totally unable to reconcile
my spirit with Yours without Christ. Father, forgive me for all
the wrongs I have done. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and
Saviour and I welcome Your Holy Spirit into my heart to begin a
cleansing work in me.
If you prayed this prayer,
please contact a local Christian church near you or
and we will try to help you find a church that can help you grow in your
new life in Christ.