How do I become a Christian? Once you have asked all your questions, weighed all the evidence, and tested all the arguments, you will ultimately be confronted with the basic question Jesus asked his own disciples in Matthew 16:15:
‘But what about you? Who do you say I am?’
Simon Peter answered:
‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’
What is your reply?
If you have come to the same conclusion as Simon Peter, you are only a few steps away from having a personal relationship with our loving God. It is our sincere hope and prayer that each of you reach this conclusion, for we know that true happiness, joy and peace only come when we recognize our purpose for existing and yield our wills to our Creator.
Steps to becoming a Christian
First, you can be sure that God loves you unconditionally and desires to have a personal relationship with you.
“For 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).
Second, you need to admit your sinful nature to God, because this is what separates all of us from Him.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Third, you should stop trying to please God through your own efforts, and realize that salvation through the death of Jesus Christ is a gift that none of us deserves.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Finally, you need to accept God’s gift of relationship and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12).
So, now you know the basic steps to become a Christian. As a result, if you desire God’s gift of eternal life and fellowship with Him, you are as close as a sincere act of faith.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus also says,
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20).
Receiving Jesus is a matter of truly asking Him to come into your life, to forgive your sins, and to become your Lord and Savior. It’s not merely an intellectual undertaking, but rather, an act of sincere faith and heart-felt will.
If you want to receive Jesus now, and accept His gift of salvation, it's a matter of believing in Jesus Christ, repenting of your sins, and turning the rest of your life over to Him. This is not a ritual based on specific words, but rather, a prayerful guideline for your sincere step of faith.
Feel free to use the following prayer:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
If you decided to become a Christian today, welcome to God's family. Knowing Jesus is the first step. Now, as a way to grow spiritually...
Tell someone about your new faith in Christ.
Get baptized as a sign of your identification with Jesus in his death and resurrection.
Spend time with God each day. Develop the daily habit of praying and reading the Bible.
Covenant Community Church 2860 Mack Road • Fairfield, OH 45014 Ph: 513-942-5570 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International Version, copyright 2011