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Faith: How to become a Christian

How to become a Christian

If you want to become a Christian, read on...

Our source of information on this subject is the Holy Bible, which we understand to be the inspired word of God. A Bible isn't just one book - it's a library of 66 books written at different times and places, between about 3,500 and 2,000 years ago. We accept that people hear God, and that those many authors who wrote the 66 different books of the Bible were inspired by God to write the words we read today. You will find it helpful to have your own Bible (I recommend the 'New International Version' (NIV), as the most popular translation), and to look up the references for yourself.

How to become a Christian

To become a Christian is a spiritual thing. We must accept that there is a spiritual side to our nature, to our being: we are body, mind and spirit; some would say body, soul and spirit, but the distinction is hard to define. We need the spirit of God within us in order to understand the scriptures, otherwise they can be meaningless, or merely a historical record of events. We need to ask God in prayer to reveal His meaning behind the words, because the scriptures attempt to convey concepts that have a deep spiritual meaning behind them.

1. How to have Faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God

'Christ' isn't Jesus' surname, it is his title. It comes from the Greek word, Christos, meaning “anointed one” or “chosen one”. It is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word 'Mashiach' or Messiah.

“Christ” is His title, and tells us that Jesus was sent specially from God. “Jesus Christ” means “Jesus the Anointed One” or “Jesus the Messiah”. 

So what do Christians believe?

  • We accept that Jesus is the only Son of God, as explained in the Bible. See Matthew 3:17; Matthew 10:40; Matthew 11:27.

  • We accept that Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit of God. If God can create the universe and life itself, then conceiving a baby in a virgin is not a problem. See Matthew 1 vs 18-25; Luke 2 vs 1-20.

  • We accept that Jesus died on a cross (see See Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19; also Crucifixion).

  • We accept that sin separates us from God; that we can never come into His presence based on our own efforts to do good or be good. See Romans 6:23; and also What is Sin?.

  • We accept that Jesus pleaded Guilty to our sins and took our punishment on himself; a substitution and a sacrifice, to pay the penalty for our own sins. See 1 Corinthians 15:2-4; Ephesians 1:7. The shedding of blood is essential as payment for sin. See Hebrews 9:22.

  • In prayer, we must confess our sins to God. We 'repent' (we say we are sorry and try our very best to do a U-turn away from our wrong attitudes and behaviour) and ask God's forgiveness. See Acts 2:38; Acts 10:43.

  • We need to believe that the death of Jesus paid the price of our sins, and that by his death we are set free of God's judgment.

  • We accept that, by faith in God and Jesus Christ, we are put right with God, justified, "just-as-if-I'd" never sinned.  See Matthew 6:12; Matthew 26:28; Mark 2:5; Luke 24:47; Acts 13:19; Romans 3:24, 28; Romans 5:1, 9; 1 Corinthians 6:11

  • We need to know, deep within us, that our sins are then forgiven. See Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 1:6. The slate is wiped clean, and God says, "You are clean: come on in!"

2. How to make Jesus Lord of your life

  • In prayer, ask Jesus to become Lord of your life. Invite Him into your life, give him your life, and tell him that you choose to follow Him.
    See John 13:3; Romans 10:9; Romans 15:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Philippians 2:11.

  • Know that God loves you, that Jesus loves you, more than you can imagine. Trust in His love - for He will never leave you, never turn his back on you, never forget you.
    See John 10:27-29; Romans 8:38-39.

3. Eternal Life is yours

  • By accepting these things, we will one day meet Jesus, and He will say, (I paraphrase):
    "Do I know you? Did you say sorry for your sins? Did you accept that I died on the cross for your sins, so that you might have eternal life? Did you invite me to be Lord of your life? Did you give your life to me? Because if so, come in! Come into heaven and join the party for eternity! A place of love and compassion and joy.
    "But if I don't know you, then you are banished from heaven; you will go to hell, a place of punishment and pain and total absence of love, until one day, at the end of the age, you will be cast into a lake of fire; and this will be your second death."
    Sorry everybody, but that's what the Bible tells us.
    Heaven/eternal life: See Mark 10:16-18, 30; Luke 16:9; John 3:14-16, 36; 5:23-25; 6:40; 17:2-3; Romans 2:7; 6:23; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Peter 1:10-12;
    Hell: See Matthew 5:29-30; 18:19; 25:45-46; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 12:5; Luke 16:22-24; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:7; Revelation 20:14-15.

4. Now pray a prayer that acknowledges the above.

See What to Pray. If you prayed that prayer, and mean it in your heart, then you are now a Christian. Welcome to the family of millions and millions of Christians worldwide.

  • Now try and find a Christian church that feeds you; somewhere you feel you belong; somewhere the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached.

  • If you can find an Alpha course near you, then you can learn more about the life as a Christian. Look on the internet for a course near you...

  • Read the Bible; try to read something every day, even if it is only a few verses. See Reading the Bible. I suggest you start with the New Testament, the book of Mark.

Amen!


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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
- from the Bible, book of John, chapter 3, verse 16.