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.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16)
- Sin (Anything contrary to the will and character of God) separates us from a relationship with God.
“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, 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.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3: 23-24)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ 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.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
- Believe on Jesus Christ – turning your life over to Him embracing His love and living for Him.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10: 9-13)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (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 Pastor Gary Fischer know what you have done. If you have questions – ask and seek the answers. 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!