Becoming A Christian

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Why should I become a Christian?

Jesus Christ declared that He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The question then arises – why did we need to be ransomed? The idea of a ransom is a payment that must be made in exchange for the release of a person. The idea of a ransom is most frequently used in instances of kidnapping, when someone is kidnapped and held prisoner until a ransom is paid for the person’s release.

Jesus paid our ransom to free us from bondage! Bondage from what? Bondage to sin and its consequences, physical death followed by eternal separation from God. Why did Jesus need to pay this ransom? Because we are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23), and are therefore worthy of judgment from God (Romans 6:23). How did Jesus pay our ransom? By dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). How could Jesus’ death sufficiently pay for all of our sins? Jesus was God in human form, God come to earth to become one of us so He could identify with us and die for our sins (John 1:1,14). As God, Jesus’ death was infinite in value, sufficient to pay for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2). Jesus’ resurrection after His death demonstrated that His death was the sufficient sacrifice, that He had truly conquered sin and death.

How can I become a Christian?

This is the best part. Because of His love for us, God has made it exceedingly simple to become a Christian. All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Savior, fully accepting His death as the sufficient sacrifice for your sins (John 3:16), fully trusting Him alone as your Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Becoming a Christian is not all about rituals, going to church, or doing certain things while refraining from other things. Becoming a Christian is all about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through faith, is what makes a person a Christian.

Are you ready to become a Christian?

If you are ready to become a Christian by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior, all you have to do is believe. Do you understand and believe that you have sinned and are worthy of judgment from God? Do you understand and believe that Jesus took your punishment upon Himself, dying in your place? Do you understand and believe that His death was the sufficient sacrifice to pay for your sins? If your answers to these three questions are yes, then simply place your trust in Jesus as your Savior. Receive Him, by faith, fully trusting in Him alone. That is all it takes to become a Christian!

Please read through these next few paragraphs, and allow the Lord to speak to your heart.

1. You must admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners … people don’t always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word “Harmatia” which means “to miss the mark.” What is God’s mark? Jesus said, “Be perfect as My Father in Heaven is perfect.” Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

2. What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read, “The wages of sin is death …” Every one of us has missed God’s mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to Hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.

3. Since we can never measure up to God’s standards on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” In Romans 5:8 we read, “God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

4. If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God’s solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me … for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

5. His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read, “… the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into your life. John 1:12 states, “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God.”

If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart …

Father God, I know that I am a sinner. I am truly sorry for what I have done. I believe you sent your Son Jesus to die for my sins, so that I may be forgiven. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I receive Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me now with your Holy Spirit, and enable me to live a life that pleases you. Thank you for saving me, and thank you for forgiving my sins. I commit my life to your now, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken up residence in your heart! Not only that, but He has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). God also promises, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalms 103:12).

Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That’s a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church.

We at Grace Brethren Church would like to hear from you and send you some materials to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. You can write to us, and we will get to you a copy of the Bible. The Bible is the inspired word of God, and we will also get you some helpful materials that will help you grow in your new walk with Christ. There is no charge for any of these materials.

We also invite you to come and worship with us at Grace Brethren Church. Our worship services begin at 10:45 on Sunday mornings, and we are located at 6501 Surratts Road in Clinton, MD. Our telephone number for the church office is 301-868-1600. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.