How to Become a Christian

In the Bible, Jesus clearly taught that the only path to God (heaven) was through Him.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me”  (John 14:6).

Christianity is unique among all world religions since it is the only one that deals with forgiveness of sin.  God is holy, or perfect and without sin. Heaven also will be perfect and without sin. Heaven will be what God originally intended for us here on earth.  Human nature and our choice to sin has separated us from God and His original plan. The Bible says, “Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master” (Romans 6:23 – The Message).  We can have what we deserve because of our sin — separation from God — or we can have forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Becoming a Christian, having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, is as simple as ABC:

A – Admit that you are a sinner
None of us has to look very far to see sin, do we?  We even see it in ourselves.  Everyone sins.  The result of sin is spiritual death or eternal separation from God when you die.  Admitting that we are sinners is the first step in receiving the forgiveness that comes from God.  (See Acts 3:19; Romans 3:23; 6:23.)
 
B – Believe what the Bible says about Jesus
The Bible says faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God—that means we must believe what the Bible says about Jesus to be a Christian.  According to the Bible, Jesus came to earth fully God and fully man, and He died upon the cross, paying the penalty for our sins.  He was sinless Himself, so His death was a substitute for each of us.  The Bible says He rose from the dead and will one day return to the earth.  (See John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7.)
 
C – Confess and Commit
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  That means you must confess your faith in Jesus and commit your life to Jesus.  (Also see 1 John 1:9.)
 
This simple act of faith, through which you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior is a matter of the heart and is done by conversing with God through prayer and telling him something similar to this:  “Dear God, I know that You love me.  I admit I am a sinner and I realize my need for a Savior.  Please forgive me for my sin.  I place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
 
If you sincerely trusted Jesus to be your Savior, we encourage you to tell a pastor, another Christian or contact us at esvbc@windstream.net.  We’d love to rejoice with you over your decision!
 
If you are still seeking the truth and not yet ready to trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior, check out FindItHere.com to find answers to often sought-after questions.  God bless you in your search for truth and light!