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How do I become a Christian?

How do I become a Christian?

At the risk of stair-stepping perhaps the most important decision in your life, the following is an invitation to anyone who is thinking about the saving grace which Jesus Christ alone can provide:

Begin to listen to God

Listen to God with interest from his word – in the Bible alone. In these latter days he has spoken to us through his Son Jesus Christ – the Son of God. Whatever the Son of God says, has the fullest endorsement from God the Father. Whoever denies Jesus, denies God. Whoever would accept God, must accept Jesus Christ as God’s only Son. Understand deeply and patiently the story of Jesus Christ coming to earth, his purpose to intentionally offer his life as a payment for sin, understand his crucifixion, and his resurrection from the grave three days later to prove his mission to reconcile God with man. (See Hebrews 1:1-2; Read the Gospel of John)

Be broken before God

Some have said it’s like coming to an end of yourself, not meaning ‘put an end to yourself’ in some suicidal way, but stop trusting in your broken ways and your self-confidence, accept the truth about your sin, don’t hide it, or you cannot proceed on to becoming a Christian. Jesus died for our sin, so the sinner must open us his sins directly to Him. In fact, take account of your sin(s) in full, confess them to God; mournfully and embrace God’s view about your life. Caution: at this point do ask yourself a hard ‘double check’ question, ‘am I just coming to God’ so that he can fix a particular circumstance in my life?’ Or am I coming to God to save my desperate soul. The former, would be to use God merely as a therapist and as a temporary patch work, which is not a sincere motive.  The latter is to see the big picture, and the biggest picture is that our sins make us blind, and enemies to God, and slaves to the god of this world – the devil, and Jesus alone provides saving from that. (See Acts 2:37, Luke 3:10, John 8:9)

Repent

Repent for this first time, move away from your sinful life and move directly towards obeying what God commands. So far, steps 1-3 describe what the Bible calls ‘Faith.’ Repentance is a change in direction, it is seeing things the way God does and desiring them. (See Acts 3:19, Acts 26:20, Matthew 4:17)

Believe in Christ for Salvation

Obedience is not by works of your own merit, because God is perfectly Holy and you would have to be perfect to remove his anger from you, but by believing in Jesus Christ, his perfect and sinless life, he has done this work on our behalf. It is he who takes away the sin of those who call upon him, and fully satisfies God’s anger against us. In the Bible this is called ‘a mercy-covering.’ It demonstrates something amazing to human thinking, that we get a full-pardon from God…but we must believe it, this is the love of God rich and full. (see John 1:12, 3:15-16, 1 John 5:13, Romans 10:11)

Call upon the name of the Lord

Whoever does so genuinely, regardless of your sin debt, will be saved – assuming the previous steps are taken, call upon the Lord, pleading with God to act on your behalf, to act with mercy. The free gift of eternal life comes to those who call upon the name of the Lord. (see Romans 10:13, Luke 18:13 and 18:38)

Be baptized

Be baptized as commanded by Christ himself. Baptism itself does not save. But it is part of the salvation scheme. See a church leader to be immersed into water as a sign of your union with the Lord Jesus Christ. This symbolic act depicts that God has already done the work of cleansing you. It also represents a spiritual burial and a spiritual resurrection. (Mark 16:16, Act 8:36-39, Romans 6:1-5)

Join a scripturally based church

If the first six steps are satisfied and the seventh is not, this would be a travesty of sorts. Linking with a church that esteems God’s word validates the sincerity of your new found faith, and places you in a position to continue in faith and obedience under the leadership of Elders/Pastors so that you too may bring others to the cross of Christ. Steps 1-7 describe ‘Faith’ and what it means to become a Christian. We would be honored to welcome you into the family of God. (see Acts 2:41-47, Acts 4:4, Hebrews 10:24-25)

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