HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
GOD LOVES YOU
WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU'RE HERE BY ACCIDENT
God wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God, that one thing is sin.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God's holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by the things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and the thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do the right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – "there is none righteous, not even one." No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.
WE'RE ALL THE SAME
SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE
People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
ONE WAY TO GOD
BY FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST JESUS
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think we are punished/rewarded according to how good we are, while others think we must make things right before coming to God. Some find it hard to believe that Jesus could love them when others don't seem to. But God DOES love you! And there's nothing you can to to make Him stop loving you! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to dies for our sins.
"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
NOT BY OUR HANDS
BUT BY THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can't make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but just because He loves you!
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy."
BY GRACE ALONE
GOD EXTENDS TO US HIS SALVATION
It's God's grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to "clean up your life" or work your way to Heaven. You can't earn it. It's a free gift.
"For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast."
THE COST OF OUR SIN
PAID BY JESUS CHRIST
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God's gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord."
JESUS PAID IT ALL
AND ALL TO HIM WE OWE
Jesus paid the price for your sin by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize just how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
ONE THING REMAINS
AND IT'S AS SIMPLE AS ACCEPTING A GIFT
All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
"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."
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
"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."
ARE YOU READY
ACCEPT THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE
Let's review what this commitment involves:
- I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin.
- I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins.
- I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus.
- I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised.
AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart. Here's a suggested prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grace to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
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