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How do I become a Christian?

To become a Christian, you must believe the message of the gospel.

What does that mean?

To summarize, it means that you must...

A- Admit to God that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23)

B- Believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life (Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10)

C- Commit to follow Jesus as the Lord and ruler over your life (Matthew 16:24)

So what exactly is the gospel message?

 

It is basically this: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Romans 3:23 tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." To sin against God means that we are acting in rebellion against Him. When we sin, we reject and God and the ways that He has called us to live in the Bible and instead we do what we think is best.

 

We can see this clearly when we look at the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:1-21). 

Looking at the sixth commandment for example, we are told to not murder. Most people can check that one off their list of moral rules they have kept. But Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:22 that if we have been angry with someone, we have committed murder against them in our heart. It’s a similar idea with the seventh commandment, which says we should not commit adultery. There are probably more people in the world who have committed adultery than murder, but Jesus says in Matthew 5:28 that if we look with lustful intent, we have committed adultery in our hearts.

 

Although we don’t want to believe it, it’s ultimately, undeniably true: we have all sinned. We are all lawbreakers. And for his lawbreaking, we deserve justice. Romans 6:23 begins this way: "the wages of sin is death." This means that every person fully deserves the spiritual death penalty. If we are to receive justice from God, we must eventually pay the debt we owe because of our sin and receive our just reward: the spiritual death penalty, which is eternity in Hell. 

If that was the end of the story, that would be bad news. Thankfully, it isn’t! If you read the rest of Romans 6:23, after we see that the wages of sin is death, we also read that "the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." 

 

Remember that death penalty we deserve? Jesus decided to take that on your behalf. It's kind of like if you got a speeding ticket, with a date in court to go pay it. On the day you go went to court, the judge says to you that your penalty has been paid and you’re free to go. That’s what Jesus did on the cross; although He was perfect and did not deserve to die, He stepped into our place and took that punishment. He died so that you don’t have to, all because of His great love.
 

Not only that, but Jesus arose from the dead, just as He said He would (Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19). Through Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection, this is what we see: 

  • He is who He said He was: the Son of God

  • He truly was (and is) perfect in every way

  • He possesses power over sin and death

  • When He says to us that He is able to give us eternal life (John 3:16), we can trust that He is being truthful.

So then, what do we do now? The word we use a lot to describe what is needed to be saved is faith. Faith is more than just a simple belief in something existing. To believe that Jesus was a real person is not enough. To be saved, you must trust in Him as your only hope for salvation.

So then, you have a decision to make. Will you put your faith and hope in Jesus to save you? This salvation from sin and eternal life does not instantly apply to everyone, but to those who have faith in Jesus. You must choose: do you believe this to be true? Will you put your faith in Jesus? If so, know that you will receive forgiveness of your sins, eternal life with God and a begin a relationship with God that begins now and continues for eternity. 

Please, put your faith in Jesus to save you.

If you have questions about the gospel or if you have accepted Jesus to save you, please contact us. We'd love to talk to you!

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