How to become a Christian

Question:  How do I become a Christian?
Answer:  By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

In John 14:6 it is written:  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

Question:  What does this mean?
Answer:  There are two parts to this answer.

1.  Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord means that your will is subservient to his; that you allow his will to rule your life.

Matthew 28:18 tells us: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

2.  Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior you acknowledge that only through Christ’s death on the cross are you saved from punishment for your sins.

John 3:17-18 tells us:  For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Question:  How do I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
Answer:  By praying a heartfelt prayer similar to this:

Dear Lord,
I know that I’m a sinner and my only hope is through Jesus Christ.
I believe he died and was raised from the dead so that I could be forgiven for my sins.
Come into my life and fill me with your spirit.
I have chosen to follow you.
Thank You for forgiving me of all my sin.
Thank You for my new life.
In Christ’s name,

If you prayed, go share with a Christian friend the wonderful thing you’ve done.  If you don’t know any Christians find a church and tell the pastor.

In Matthew 10:27 we are told:  “What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.”

Question:  Aren’t there specific works I must do to receive God’s grace?
Answer:  No.  You are saved through grace alone.

Romans 3:22-24 explains this:  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Also in Romans 11:6 we find: But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

Question:  Does this mean that I can do whatever I want and still be saved?
Answer:  No, when you make your will subservient to Christ you try to do his will.

This is explained in Galatians 6:16-24:  “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.  But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are plain:  fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissention, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.  I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Question:  Do I need to go to church to be saved?
Answer:  No, you are saved by accepting Jesus Christ.  However, it is the Lord’s will that we gather to worship and praise Him, and to study His word.

We are told in Matthew 18:20  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

In Romans 12:4-5 we are told:  “For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

And in Ephesians 2:19-22 we are told:  “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

Question:  Are other religions equally as valid as Christianity?
Answer:  No, while some other religions may teach partial truths, only Christianity preaches the full truth of Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12 tells us:  “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Those who teach falsely will suffer the wrath of God.

Second Peter 2:1 tells us:  “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”