How To Become A Christian

 

You're  not here by accident. God loves you. He 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  things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we   entertain. We also sin when we fail to do 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.


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." Romans 3:23


Many  people are confused about the way to God. Some think they  will be  punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think  they  should make things right in their lives before they try to come to  God.  Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when  other  people don't seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love   you! More than you can ever imagine! And there's nothing you can do to   make Him stop! 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 die for our sins.


"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8


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." Titus 3:5


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 not from  yourselves, it is the gift of God -  not by works, so that no one can  boast." Ephesians 2:8-9


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." Romans 6:23


Jesus  paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life  on a cross at a  place called Calvary, just outside of 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 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.

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." Romans 10:9-10


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." John 3:16


Are  you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is  offering  you right now? 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
 

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 grave  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."

If  you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let  us know. We  want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help  you to grow  spiritually.