How Can I Become A Christian?

There is more than one view when it comes to becoming a Christian. What some would call the conversion experience and the process. 

Conversion is a used to explain a given time when a person makes a decision to follow Jesus. Paul is an example of this type of experience. Conversion involves a recognition that one is in need of a Savior because of sin in their lives. 

Believe: You will find many steps to becoming a Christian, but John 3:16 sums it up the best. "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). Believe is more than head knowledge. We must believe that Christ died for our sin. He not only paid the price for our sin, he actually bought us. When he arose from the grave and went to be at the right side of the Father, we arose with him and are seated there with him.

1 Peter 3:18 tells us, "For Christ died for sins once for all . . . to bring you to God" Because of our standing in Christ we can actually come into God's presence. Not only do we believe we are with God but we have the ability to live the life he has called us to live. 

It is the power of Christ in us that allows us to live the abundant life that Jesus offered to us. If we know that Christ died for us. Regardless how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves. Jesus is the only way.

Admit: A child may not understand the concept of sin but they understand right from wrong. If you have lived through teenage years to adulthood, you certainly understand sin and its consequences. If you are honest with yourself you will admit that it is beyond your power to refrain from sinning. Romans 3:23 tells us "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 

It is only as we turn to God, through Jesus, that our sins are forgiven. Acts 3:19 tells us to “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out…" 

We admit that we are helpless to save ourselves, and accept Jesus work on the cross to pay the debt for our sin. 

Confess: Out of our belief we confess to others that Jesus is Savior and Lord of our life. "Paul tells us, "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. . . for, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:9,13).

Confession is not just lip service of calling the name God, it is also our belief is demonstrated by our actions. 

Do you believe this? If you do, then pray this or a similar prayer asking God to forgive you of your sin, confess your belief in the work Jesus did for you on the cross and then confess with you life that the power of God can make a difference in a person's life.

Dear Heavenly Father, 
I believe your son, Jesus, died so that the penalty of man's sin could be paid for. I admit that I am a sinner. I know that my sin has not only led to problems in my life but it has separated me from you. I accept Jesus and the plan of salvation he has provided for me. I accept your forgiveness. Come into my life and transform me. Plant your word in my heart so that I will not be deceived by Satan, my fleshly desires, or the world.  Help me to exercise the power you give me to resist Satan that I may not sin against you.  Today I commit myself to you and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Now What:
  1. The first step in obedience is Baptism. Find a church and tell the pastor about your conversion experience and ask for baptism.
  2. Join a church where you can worship God, fellowship with other believers, and grow in faith.
  3. Participate in Sunday School, Bible study, and or Small Group Studies.

  4. Set aside time for private worship, bible study, prayer, meditation, and Christian fellowship. 
  5. Purchase a Bible if you do not have one. A life application Bible can be very helpful in understanding the Bible.
Did you pray to receive Christ today? Congratulations! I am now your Sister-in-Christ. I want to know about your decision and to help you grow in your understanding of God. I want to encourage you as you find a church. If you have questions about this material, please feel free to correspond with me at

Patsy C.

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