Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior is the most important decision a person will ever make. The Bible makes it clear how a person can be rescued from the penalty and power of sin and experience freedom and new life in Christ. Here are some key truths from Scripture to understand in order to become a Christian.
- Sin separates us from God. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
- The penalty for sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
- Jesus paid the penalty for sin on the cross. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
- Repentance from sin and trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ leads a person to salvation! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
As you read and consider these truths, we challenge you to place your faith and trust in Christ as Savior. If you would like to ask any questions about becoming a Christian, please call our office to speak with a staff member.
Once you have trusted Christ as your Savior, your eternal destiny is set! Your journey in Christianity is just beginning. Here are some steps in Christian growth that a new believer in Christ should take.
- Be baptized. Baptism is a step of obedience and identification with your new life with Christ. (Acts 8:35-40)
- Study the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word and provides guidance and direction for life. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15).
- Share your faith with others. Telling others about Christ is also a step of obedience and a demonstration of concern for the lives of others. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” (2 Timothy 1:8a). “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32). “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto theuttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
- Join a local church. Christians need to encourage each other and build each other. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Prayer. Communication with God is essential to building a relationship with Him.