How to become a Christian – More information
Have you felt the tug of the spirit and love of God on your life? If you express the belief in Jesus Christ and love your neighbor, and Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are entering the life of a Christian through faith. Faith is an essential part of your personal life: as when you have faith in people to drive at 70 mph in two-way traffic with perhaps only a stripe separating you from a head on collision. Faith in God is not at all as scary as that example. If you have chosen to become a Christian, but you don’t know whether there is more to do or not, this article will shed some light on receiving your new life and living in Christ’s love.
Becoming a Christian is easy and does not require any rites or rituals.
See your need of Jesus. Take a look at the Ten Commandments for a moment. Have you ever lied? Blasphemed? Stolen (even something small)? Looked at someone with adulterous or lustful feelings? In Christianity, we are born with original sin, and act as sinners through our lives, even after accepting Jesus: as Jesus said, “If you look upon a woman to lust, then you are guilty of adultery already” (Matthew 5:27-28). He who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. ( 1 John 3:15). You have to face God on judgment day to give an account of your sins. If you die in your sins, God has to send you away from Himself to Hell, called the second death, for transgressing His law.
- Realize, however, that He sent Jesus to give Himself willingly on the cross and so: If you believe, receive the Holy Spirit, and repent of your sins, then after you are saved, you will also serve others as if it is to God himself.
- As Son of Man, Jesus said, “Father, if it is your will, let this bitter cup pass from me — nevertheless, ‘not my will but thine be done’.”, giving Himself freely as the sacrifice for you so that you may now turn, “repent (change your mind) therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out/wiped away, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19)
Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Believe, further, that Jesus died and rose again from the dead to pay the penalty for your sins and make you right with God. Believe the basic doctrine of Christ’s redemptive death and resurrection.
Repent which means, “turn to God” for salvation. Verbalize your belief in Jesus’ forgiveness and your regret for all the ways you have fallen short of His holiness. This is a good time to admit your personal failure and disobedience to God. Believe that Jesus Christ forgives you. Repentance always expresses itself in a changed life; you turn from sin and to Jesus Christ; then, accept your free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus’ redemptive death through grace from God.
- Express reliance upon God: Specifically, confess your spiritual need and acknowledge for yourself Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Find community and assembly with other Christians. We cannot walk alone in life. It is important that as a Christian you find a group of supportive and seasoned Christian believers who can help you and encourage you in your new faith and continuing trust in God. You may find it helpful to talk to a Christian. Choose someone that you respect for his or her integrity and knowledge as a Christian.