What Is A Christian?
A Christian is one who has fully trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and follows Christ in the obedience of His Word.
How Do I Become Christian?
1. First, you must understand your wretched, sinful condition through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. You must realize you are lost and living in your tresspasses and sins. You must recognize that within you, there is no goodness, no righteousness, and no possible way for you to save yourself. You must understand that to die without receiving the forgiveness of your sin means you will spend eternity in hell separated from God as punishment for your sins. For you to be saved means you must be forgiven of your sin and you have no power or authority to forgive yourself. Only Jesus Christ and Him alone has that power and authority. You cannot work for your salvation because you could never do enough to earn your forgiveness. You cannot buy your way to Heaven. You can only be saved because Jesus' blood cleanses us from ALL sin!
Do you recognize your sin? Do you realize that you are a sinner? Do you understand that you desperately need Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin? There is hope in Jesus Christ!
2. You must understand Jesus loves you. He loves YOU! He loves you so much He left a perfect Heaven and was born of a virgin in Bethlehem. He lived a sinless life. Even though He was 100% human, He was also 100% God. He is the only one who could pay the severe punishment for your sins. It was either Him receiving the punishment for your sins or you receiving it! That's how much He loves you! He knew there was no way for you to save yourself. He knew you would go to hell and be punished for eternity for your sins, so He stepped out of heaven and came to earth to take your punishment so you could go to heaven and live for eternity.
Do you see how much Jesus loves you? The reason Jesus loves you so much is because He created you. He desperately wants to have a relationship with you. Religion won't save you. Being good won't save you. Joining the church won't save you. Being baptized won't save you. Only calling on Jesus Christ can save you!
3. Once you realize your sinful condition and recognize you are lost, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. To be saved, you must repent of your sin toward God and place your complete faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ's death on Calvary and His resurrection. How do you do this? Simply call out to God and by faith, ask Him to forgive you of your sin and trust Him to save you. God cannot lie, and He promises that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! You can trust Him with your eternal life! Call on the name of the Lord, and you shall be saved!
There is incredible joy that trusting Jesus Christ with our salvation brings! There is peace that passes all understanding when we trust Jesus. We are clean and made new.
So what's next?
Once we are saved, it's just the beginning. Now we are walking with Jesus. We are getting to know who He really is. We are seeking to know Him more by reading His Word, the Bible. There is a command that Jesus compels for us to obey once we have been saved. It is the command to be baptized. We are to follow the Lord in believer's baptism for (because of) the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) Understand that baptism doesn't save us. Baptism does not remit our sins.(1 Peter 3:21a) It is an act of obedience toward God once we are saved.(1 Peter 3:21b) We are commanded to be baptized to identify in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ because HE has remitted our sins through His blood. (Hebrews 9:22) Only Jesus Christ's blood can wash away our sin.
Once we are baptized, it is important to belong to a Bible-Believing, New Testament church where you are taught the entire Word of God. It is important to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. We grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus by reading His Word, the Bible. (II Peter 3:18) We also begin our walk with Jesus by DILIGENTLY adding these things to our faith in Jesus: (II Peter 1:5-7)
If you pursue these things listed above in this order, you will grow as a Christian. It's a promise from the Word Of God. Again, growing takes time. No one has ever gotten saved and knew everything there is to know immediately. As a matter of fact, no one has ever gotten saved and ever perfectly mastered and understood all of the mystery of the Gospel and the Church. Keep growing in Jesus.
How can we help?
We want to know about your salvation experience! We would love to hear from you. Please contact us and let us know when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and how we can help you grow in your relationship with Him.