How Can I Become a Christian? God has a purpose for your life, we call it salvation, and a desire that you spend eternity in His presence. However, the choice is yours. You may choose to follow Him through faith in Jesus Christ or to go in other directions. Jesus makes it clear, however, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) There are many roads that promise to make you happy; promising pleasure, possessions, power and money. However, none of these are God’s way. Jesus is the only Way. Any other way is sin. Sin is when we say, “I’ll do what I want, no matter what God says”. The Bible says: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1John 1:8) Sin breaks our relationship with God and with other people. We may try on our own to deal with it in different ways but nothing really helps. Our only help comes from Jesus “for apart from Him we can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The Bible tells us that the end result of sin is death – spiritual death: “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) You’ll end up in hell, separated from God. This is not because God wants you there; His purpose is for you to spend eternity with Him in heaven and He’ll do everything He can to get you there, except one thing. He won’t force you but He does offer us a free gift if we choose to accept it: “The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.” The decision is yours! He has, however, offered us His help. He did something about our sin. We sometimes try to do a lot of good things thinking that our actions and good deeds will get us into heaven. The problem is that we don’t know how many good things we have to do to get there. Or sometimes we compare ourselves with others to find a standard, but the problem is that God is the standard, not other people! What can we do then? This is how much God loves us: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) This is how God dealt with our sin. Imagine a courtroom. You have been found guilty of sin. The penalty is death. This judge declares the sentence. But imagine this judge is your father. He knows the law, he knows your crime demands death, but he knows that he loves you too much to let you die. So in a wonderful act of grace and love he steps down from the bench, takes off his robe, stands by your side, and says, “I’m going to die in your place”. This is what God did for you. He left His throne in heaven, came to earth in Jesus Christ, and took your place. “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Corinthians 5:19, 21). What does God want you to do in response to this? How do you become a Christian? There are three simple steps: 1. Admit that God has not been at the center of your life and ask Him to forgive your sins. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9) 2. Agree that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for your sins once for all and that He rose from the dead and is alive today. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) 3. Don’t try to earn it; you cannot. There is absolutely nothing you can do to earn it; salvations is a gift from God, freely given out of love and grace; accept God’s gift of salvation with grace and thanksgiving. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Would you like Him to save you right now? Then just follow these three steps. Simply pray to Him, “O God, I am a sinner in need of your forgiveness. LORD, I believe that Jesus died for me on the cross, to wash me clean of my sin with His precious blood. I accept with gratitude and thanksgiving your gift of salvation”. Once you’ve offered this simple prayer and have accepted Jesus as LORD and Saviour of your life, you are a new creation, born again to the new life God has prepared for you. Jesus now abides in you and God will begin a new and powerful work on your life. You will face challenges as before, but now, Jesus will walk with you and guide you. There are 3 steps that are essential to growing and nurturing your faith. The first is to demonstrate and celebrate your decision to follow Jesus by being baptized. This symbolizes God’s grace cleansing our sin. Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:16). The second step is to begin to read the Bible; there are many good translations that will be helpful: Some suggestions would be the ESV from which the Scriptures quoted here have been obtained. Also, the NIV is a good version. This is important because God reveals Himself to us through His Word by the Holy Spirit. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16). Finally, become part of a local Bible-believing church where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and the fellowship of believers exhibits the love and grace of Jesus Christ. You’re not strong enough to survive as a Christian alone. The Bible teaches us that the church is the “body of Christ and individually members of it” on earth today. We encourage you to find a good Bible-teaching church to become part of a fellowship of believers. (1Corinthians 12:27).. If you have become a Christian through reading the above, or through some contact with our congregation, please let us know by sending an e-mail to pastorbrianh@shaw.ca and telling us your story. We would be overjoyed to celebrate with you. In the meantime, we pray that this has been a help to you as you seek to understand what it means to be a Christian, a follower of Christ. (All Bible quotations are from The ESV Bible)

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