How to Become a Christian
During Jesus' ministry, he proclaimed the gospel which means "the good news." Scripture unfolds for us a message of hope and redemption. The starting point is God--his character and actions. God is perfect in every way (Matt 5:48, 1 John 1:5). Becuase God is good, he created humanity to share a glorious relationship with him.
However, humanity fell into sin. Sin is the breaking of God's law that is written on our hearts and in Scripture. All of us are born with sinful natures and we act on those desires. In our thoughts, words, and deeds, we sin. Romans 3:23 somberly states, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Because God is perfectly just, he must punish sin in the same way a just human judge would not allow a guilty person to go unpunished. So far this is bad news but things dramatically changed 2000 years ago when Jesus came to earth.
Who is Jesus? Scripture declares that Jesus is fully God and fully man
. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." He demonstrated this astounding truth by his unprecedented miracles, sinless life, and authoritative claims. Jesus also came with a purpose
. He lived a sinless life so that he would die for our sins, reconcile us to God and give us eternal life. 1 Peter 3:18 declares, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God." Going back to the court room illustration, it would be like the judge pronouncing the person guilty but another person, who is innocent, steps forward to take the guilty person's spot. The guilty man is set free, the innocent man receives the punishment, and the justice of the Judge is preserved. Since we are the guilty party, truly this is good news!
So how do we respond to this good news? Jesus teaches we are to repent and to believe. We are to repent, meaning that we turn from living for our sinful desires and live for God. Also, we are to believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man who died so that we might be forgiven and receive his righteousness and eternal life.
Salvation is not based on our good works but on God's grace. You cannot earn it. It is a free gift. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
Will you receive God's gift of eternal life by repenting of your sin and believing in Christ? Romans 10:9-10 promises "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."
If it is your sincere desire to trust Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here's a Suggested Prayer:
Lord, I confess that I have sinned against you, and I want to turn from my sin. I believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man who died on the cross and rose again. I am trusting his atoning sacrifice to forgive all my sins and to grant me eternal life. Joyfully, I want to follow Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for your gracious offer of salvation that I now trust by faith.
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually.