HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
If you believe that Jesus is risen and his word is true you are ready to meet him personally. You can open the gift of salvation, he died to give you.
These are the biblical facts which makes it possible for you to have a personal relationship with God.
God loves you.
He created you and wants to have a personal relationship with you now on earth and eternally in heaven (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5)
Sin has separated you from God.
The Bible defines “sin” as a choosing our will over God’s. We have each made this mistake (Romans 3:23). Our sins have now separated us from our holy God and he cannot allow us into his perfect heaven. Instead we are each destined for eternity separated from God in hell (Revelations 19:19-21).
You cannot repair your broken relationship with God.
Many people think we can be good or religious enough to earn God's forgiveness and go to heaven when we die. But the Bible teaches that the only payment for sin is death (Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:20). Someone must die for the sins we have committed.
Jesus died to pay the debt owed by our sins.
Since Jesus was sinless and owe no debt to God, His death now Makes it possible for a righteous God to forgive our sins and offer us salvation (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinathians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24)
You must receive the gift He died to give.
Now you must choose to trust in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting in your own efforts to restore your relationship with God. In faith, rely completely on Jesus to make you right with God. Confess your sins and mistakes to God, and choose to live by his word and will. Decide what that you will make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life.
If you feel Him calling you then you can meet Jesus right now through prayer. There is no single prayer you must pray to become a Christian, no magic formula, but the following words are one way to trust Christ as Lord. If you pray them with the sincere commitment to your heart and life, you will know Jesus personally and live for him as your Lord.
Thank you for loving me. Thank you that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and failure. I admit to you that I am a sinner, that I need You to save me. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I turn from them now. I invite Jesus into my life as my Savior and Lord. I turn my life over to Him. I will live for him as long as I live. Thank you for giving me eternal life and making me the child of God. In Jesus name
If you just prayed this prayer for the first time please tell somebody about your decision. Christianity cannot be lived alone. Share your new faith with someone you trust, and with a church where you can grow in your commitment to Christ.
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Things to know
There are a few helpful things to know and remember about being a Christian;
It means that you are a new creation. Your God's son or daughter.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
Before, your natural tendency was toward sin and self. Now you have a new nature Through the work of God in you. God looks on you as a son or daughter that is holy and blameless, without any sin, without any guilt, shame, or condemnation, because Jesus paid the price for that.
Anything heavy from your pass is now washed away. As a son or daughter of God, you get to be a part of God's family. He is the perfect father who wants to know you and want you to know him in relationship.
It means that God is giving you a life your life a purpose.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.
God's will is to bring glory to himself by uniting, or reconciling, all things to himself by showing grace to men through the blood of Christ. Everything and everyone on earth serves this purpose: to bring glory to God. But believers get a unique and marvelous role in this purpose: To bring glory to God who saves and lavishes his grace on us by carrying the message of reconciliation to others throughout our lives as ambassadors would in action in word.
It means that the promises of God are yours.
2 Samuel 7:28, “Oh sovereign Lord, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
God delights to keep all his promises, and as His children we love them and are blessed to find them all of them are tested and trustworthy.