How do I become A Christian?
There are various ways in which the question can be put. Do you want to be saved? Do you want to commit your life to Christ? Do you want to be born again?
If God has shown you your need, and you genuinely want to get it right with God, then you must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
You must repent
This means a complete change regarding sin. There must be a change of mind. You must admit that you are a sinner, a rebel against a holy and loving God. There must be change of heart – genuine sorrow and shame at the vileness and filthiness of your sin. Then you must be willing to forsake it and change the direction of your life. God challenges people to prove their repentance by their deeds. You must do this. God will not forgive any sin you are not willing to forsake. To repent is to go a new direction, seeking wholeheartedly to live in a way that pleases God. (Isaiah 55:7; 1 John 1:9)
You must have faith in Christ
First of all, this means accepting that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God and that Christ died for the ungodly. Secondly, it means believing that in his power and love Christ is able and wiling to save you. Thirdly, it means actually putting your trust in Christ, relying on Him alone to make you right with God. Jesus Christ is able to save completely those who come to God through Him. (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
What should I do now?
If God has shown you your need, and given you this desire, then turn to Christ – and do it now! Ideally, pray aloud to him as follows:
Confess that you are guilty, lost and helpless sinner
With your heart ask Christ to save you, and take his rightful place as lord of your life, enabling you to turn from sin and live for Him
The bible says that if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved, and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9)
If you truly trust Christ as your Saviour and acknowledge him as your Lord, you can claim these promises as your own
How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?
You might not feel anything now that you are a Christian. But facts can be trusted. Facts are what makes a Christian’s faith secure. Here are five facts to encourage you :
- Jesus came to this earth as God’s son
- Jesus teaches us what GOD WANTS
- Jesus died to make it possible for God TO ACCEPT US
- Jesus died and CAME ALIVE AGAIN
- Jesus is with you now through the HOLY SPIRIT
Walking with Jesus
The Christian life can be hard work and it is always better if you can walk with someone else, perhaps a friend or family member who is a Christian already, or you might find a group of Christians with a church, school, or office. As a Christian, you will need to learn about the following:
We can pray to God anytime, anywhere. Find a time that suits you to pray. Start with 10 minutes a day and see how it goes. God is listening, God’s holy spirit will guide you but it helps to have a pattern. Start with Praise, thank God for who He is and what He has done. Say sorry and remember that you have done wrong. Then pray about your needs and those of others. Close by thanking God again for what He has done. Remember talking to God is like to a friend.
In prayer you speak to God, in Bible reading, God speaks to you. It is therefore important that you read it every day, to find out more about the Lord and what pleases Him. As you do this, ask God to enable you to understand it’s meaning and to obey it’s teaching, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. If you need help in beginning to study the Bible, send for your free copy of the New Testament.
As we grow up in our Christian life, we have to give our lives to God’s use. We need to do this in our daily life, whether at home, work or school. We can also serve God through our local church. God needs our abilities in His local Church. As we join with other Christians in the local church we help each other grow by serving each other with our gifts and abilities.