The Most Important Descision
Salvation Begins With God:
Have you felt the "tug" of God on your heart? Becoming a Christian the most important decision that you will make in your life on earth. Continue reading to learn what the Bible teaches about becoming a Christian and what it means to be a follower of Christ.
This call to salvation begins with God. He initiates it by wooing or drawing us to come to Him.
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him ..."
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in ..."
Human Efforts are Futile:
God desires an intimate relationship with us, but we cannot obtain it through our own efforts.
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags..."
"...There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
Separated by Sin:
We have a problem. Our sin separates us from God, leaving us spiritually empty.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
It is impossible for us to find peace with God through our own efforts. Anything we try to do to obtain God's favor or gain salvation is worthless and futile.
A Gift from God:
Salvation then, is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus, his Son. By laying down his life on the cross, Christ took our place and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin -- death. Jesus is our only way to God.
"Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Responding to God's Call:
The only thing we must do is respond to God's call.
But how? How do I become a Christian?
Receiving God's gift of salvation is not complicated. The response to God's call is explained in these simple steps found in God's Word:
1) Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin.
Acts 3:19 says: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."
Repent literally means "a change of mind that results in a change of action." To repent, then, means to admit you are a sinner. You change your mind to agree with God that you are a sinner. The resulting "change in action" is, of course, the turning away from sin.
2) Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins and give you eternal life.
John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
Believing in Jesus is also a part of repenting. You change your mind from unbelief to belief, which results in a change of action.
3) Come to him by faith.
In John 14:6 Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
Faith in Jesus Christ is a change of mind that results in a change of action—coming to him.
4) You may pray a simple prayer to God.
You may want to make your response to God a prayer. Prayer is simply communicating with God. Pray using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and believe that he has saved you. If you feel lost and just don’t know what to pray, here’s a sample prayer that you can pray. Feel free to make it your own and use your own words. Just tell God what's in your heart.
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.
5) Now, don’t doubt.
Salvation is by grace, through faith. There’s nothing you did, or ever can do, to deserve it. It’s a free gift from God. All you have to do is receive it!
6) Tell someone about your decision.
Romans 10:9-10 says, "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."
Now.... Your next steps in this exciting faith adventure are to begin reading the Bible, find a good church home and get baptized! The Bible is simply God’s word written to us, his followers. If you don’t know where to begin, I would suggest the Gospel of John or the book of Romans.
A good church home is crucial to growing spiritually. If you don’t know of any, you can start by asking friends or family members. You can also look online. A few things that I look for are solid, biblical teaching that doesn’t leave out the hard stuff. We need to be encouraged but we also need to be corrected according to God’s word. I also look for churches that are big on missions because that is the very heart of God. Small groups and the chance to “do church life together” throughout the week are also vital.
Being baptized does not save you, though we are told to be baptized once we become followers of Jesus. Baptism is simply a proclamation of our faith. It symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection as we die to our old ways of life and are raised to new life as new creations in Christ.
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