Becoming a Christian:


Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system.  Becoming and being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation.  That's what the Bible calls the good news, or the Gospel. 


Consider the following truths found in Scripture:


God Is Sovereign Creator.   Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him.  The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).  Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19).  That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.


God Is Holy.  God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).  God requires holiness of us as well.  1 Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”


Mankind Is Sinful.  According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin:  “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46).  That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness.  But we’re utterly incapable or understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12)


Sin Demands a Penalty.  God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4).  That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.


Jesus Is Lord and Savior.  As already said, the New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything and that He owns and rules everything.  This Almighty Lord also came, became a man, lived the perfect life, gave Himself willingly to suffer and be crucified as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners, was buried, and rose victoriously from the dead.  Yes, God’s justice demands death for sin, and in His love God provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18).  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save sinners.  How does a person receive this priceless gift from God?  Romans 10:9 tells us, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  


The Character of Saving Faith.   True faith (belief) is always accompanied by repentance from sin.  Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3).  It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ with no heartfelt love for Him and desire to follow.  Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him.  True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).  Therefore, God commands you and we implore you to turn from your sins and trust entirely in Christ.  “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed’” (Romans 10:11).