The questions from Love God Fear Nothing’s global online family keep coming my way. This one arrived late last night: “How Can I Become A Christian?”
I jumped right in by boldly declaring:
God loves you and has a plan for your life.
But there’s a problem–man is sinful. The result of that sin is separation from God that results in spiritual death.
That sets us the FIRST STEP in becoming a Christian–ADMITTING that you are a sinner.
This is where God comes to the rescue by sending his only Son to die for our sins so we can fellowship with him for eternity.
And it leads to the SECOND STEP in becoming a Christian–BELIEVING that God died for my sins and I cannot earn my salvation. I am saved by God’s grace by professing faith in Jesus and surrendering my heart to him (John 14:6).
The THIRD STEP in becoming a Christian is CONFESSING AND REPENTING of our sins (Acts 3:19).
Repentance is being sorry enough for our sin that we quit doing it!
The FOURTH STEP is COMMITTING to live according to God’s will.
The transformational change that results is our new birth that is fueled by the Holy Spirit in us.
HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH
There is no special formula. No chant. No rulebook. Just take your honest and surrendered life to God with something like this:
“Dear God: I am a sinner and I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son and that he died for my sins and then rose again to be with me for eternity. I confess my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I want to trust you as my Lord and Savior from now through my entire life. Please teach me how to do your will. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
I ask God to help me to always be ready to share his story and the pathway to become a Christian.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Will you be ready to answer when someone asks you how to become a Christian?
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16