How To Become A Christian

Becoming a Christian is the most important decision you could ever make in life. Here are some basics to get you started in thinking about making this decision for Jesus Christ. Because this is so important, we also want to make ourselves available to you to answer any specific questions you might have (look at the bottom for more information about contacting us).

1. God created us because He loves us and wants us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.

The Bible says, “Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ…because of His love, God had already decided that through Jesus Christ He would make us His children – this was God’s pleasure and purpose…” (Ephesians 1:4-5)

2. When we know and love God, and live according to God’s purpose for our lives, it produces tremendous benefits in our lives.

The Bible says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)

3. However, there is a problem! You probably already know what that problem is: no person is perfect. The Bible calls that imperfection sin. Our sin creates separation from God. Imperfection results in a consequence and that consequence is eternal separation from God.

The Bible teaches, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)

4. God is perfect, and we are imperfect. The only way for us to enjoy a relationship with Him is for us to be perfect ourselves–but nobody is perfect!

5. However, God came to earth–as Jesus–to lead a perfect life and to pay the price for our imperfection. Why did God do this? Why did God send His son to die in our place? Because He loves us so much and He did whatever it took so that He could have a restored relationship with people. Jesus freely offers us this gift through faith in Him.

The Bible tells us that, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

6. All we need to do is accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation, which means accepting Him as Lord of our life.

The Bible says that, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:22)

 

Here is a prayer you can personally pray to ask Jesus into your life:

“Dear Jesus, thank you for making me and loving me, even when I’ve ignored You and lived my own way. I realize that I need You in my life and I’m sorry for my sins. I ask You to forgive me. Thank You for dying on the cross for me. Please help me to understand it more. As much as I know how, I want to follow You from now on. Please come into my life and make me a new person inside. I accept Your gift of salvation. Please help me to grow now as a Christian. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Have you prayed this prayer to God?

A Christian is more than a church-goer or someone who is born into a Christian family. A Christian is one who admits his/her sins, asks God for forgiveness and invites God to take control of their life.

If you do decide to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, we urge you to tell somebody who is a believer. If you would like, you can give us a call at 717-944-4400. We would love to answer any questions, offer encouragement and share in the excitement!