HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
Recognize ourselves as sinners, we need to confess our sins, and to believe that Jesus Christ is faithful to forgive us. This is confirmed in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (KJV)
This passage tells of God's love for the whole of creation, and that He doesn't want us to perish in our sins, but to have everlasting life in and through Jesus Christ, His Son. Thus, we each need to recognize that without Jesus Christ in our lives, we are unsaved, and that we each need Him as our personal Lord and Savior. John 3:17-18: 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (KJV)
Even if we think we are living a "good" life, the Bible is confirming to us that when compared to the righteousness of God, we are all sinners, and thus, we are in need of salvation, which God will freely give us if we seek Him, for without the Lord's salvation we will die in our sins, as confirmed in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (KJV)
So what do we do?
Each of us must recognize that we cannot save ourselves. Thus, as individuals, we must:
a) Repent (turn away from) our sins. Luke 13:3: "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (KJV)
b) Believe and trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Acts 16:30-31: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (KJV)
c) Confess Jesus Christ before others. Romans 10:9-10:
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)
Matthew 10:32-33, as Jesus tells us: 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
John 20:31: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (KJV)
If you have done this, then believe in your heart that you are saved, for the Lord is faithful to accomplish it. We cannot work our way into heaven. We are saved by grace alone, but once saved we are to do the good works that God desires us to do, because we desire to do them. Ephesians 2:8-10: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV)
PRAYER OF SALVATION
I acknowledge that I am a sinner and need to be saved. By faith, I trust in Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, and I believe that He paid my sin debt upon the cross of Calvary, where He was crucified. Because He bled and died, was buried, and rose again, according to the Scriptures, I too have the promise through Christ of eternal life. Therefore, I ask Christ to come into my heart and save my soul, forgive me of my sins, and give me Eternal Life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
A few things have happnened in the few short moments since you invited Christ into your heart. First of all Heaven is rejoicing over your conversion! Secondly, you have a brand new family, the family of God! You have joined countless others on the journey to heaven; and the good news is this...
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Christians worldwide, regardless if you have been saved 50 years or 5 minutes; await the day that Christ comes back to take his bride (the church) away. Until that time friend, find yourself a church that teaches and preaches straight from the King James Bible. Read your bible everyday and don't forget to pray daily; God wants to hear from us everyday. If you are local or near the central Ohio area, come out and see us! (Just click on the location tab for directions). If not we still want to hear from you and all about your conversion experience. Please email us at Lee@southwestfreewillbaptistchurch.org and remember, the Lord is soon to come, be ready for his return!!