HOW DO I BECOME A CHRISTIAN

Becoming a Christian is simple...in that God, thankfully, has not created an elaborate, complex process for those who want to follow Him. According to what He says in the Bible, there are two basic things we must do:

Believe

The first thing we must do to become a Christian is to believe the message of Christianity:

  • God loves you and wants to be in a personal relationship with Him
  • We are all separated from God because of our sin...so we can't enjoy this relationship with Him
  • Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin on the cross so that we can be reconciled to God and enjoy a relationship with Him

The Bible says that simple belief is what is required to receive His gift of salvation:

John 3.1-21 – “...that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life...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...Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.”

John 11.25 – Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

Acts 16.31 – They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved...”

Respond

As a result of what we believe in our head, we must respond to those beliefs. This looks different for different people in different cultures and times.

For some, a belief that goes beyond just intellectual understanding constitutes "response". However, most people will naturally respond in additional ways that indicate a heart-felt belief; a prayer, baptism, indicating their decision to follow God at a church service, or other actions are often ways people respond in a more concrete way.

This is best exemplified in Romans 10.9-10 – "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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Both belief and "confessing with your mouth" (outward response - prayer, baptism, indicating your decision at a church service...or, the lesser common, standing up and boldly, confidently proclaiming "Jesus is Lord") are important.

The external response is less important than the internal response. However, most people find it helpful to be able to point to a time in their life when they chose to follow God. For that reason, you are encouraged to at least speak to God on the issue in prayer. Just tell Him what you think. Again, the words you choose are less important than the condition of your heart: there are no "magic words" that will automatically save us or prevent us from being saved if we don't utter them. But here is a "sample prayer" that you can use to help you if you wish:

  • "Jesus, I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. I'm sorry for the things I've done that have broken my relationship with God. Thank you for dying on the cross so that this relationship could be made right. I believe You are the only One who can do this. Only You can give me the power to change and become the person You created me to be. Thank you for forgiving my past mistakes and for giving me eternal life with God. I give my life to You. Please do with it as You wish. Amen."

Once we respond to the message of Christianity, you are considered a Christian, or follower of Christ. This initial response to the gospel is only the first step in an exciting journey. To find out more about your new faith, please look through the following sections on this website.

Also, if you have just decided to become a Christian, you are encouraged to let other Christians know so you can find others to walk through life with. If you would like to let us know about your decision so we can pray for you, please contact us.

See How Are We Saved? for more information about the process of salvation.

 

 
 

What does it mean to repent?

What does it mean to make Jesus "Lord of our life"?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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