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becoming a christian

Of all the choices in life, none is more important than what you will do with the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost, those not knowing the love of God. Jesus came to give spiritual life and to rescue those separated from God and from the abundant life that He has made available.

Becoming A Christian

You're not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin - the absence of faith in God.

The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to trust God causing us to fall short of God’s holiness and His righteous ways. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do the perfect things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does good and righteous things all the time.

People tend to divide themselves into groups - good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin keeps us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.

  • "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
  • Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don't seem to. But the great news for you is: God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there's nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins kill us spiritually and physically and keep us away from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.

  • "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
  • For you to come to God you must trust God's solution (atonement) for your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can't make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!

  • "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." Titus 3:5
  • It's God's grace that calls you and provides for you to come to Him. It's not your efforts to "clean up your life" or to work your way to Heaven that draws you close to God. You can't earn it. It's a free gift.

  • "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
  • For you to come to God, the price for your sin must be paid. Jesus' perfect righteousness collided with God's perfect justice on the Cross where God demonostrated His love to us in the death of His own Son, who paid the debt for you and me when He died on the Cross.

  • "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
  • Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.

    All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.

  • "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 it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10
  • God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.

  • "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
  • Are you ready to accept the gift life, love and forgiveness that Jesus is offering you right now? Let's review what this commitment involves:

  • I acknowledge my sinful condition before God and the chasm of emptiness and spiritual lifelessness my own faithlessness has created between me and God. I am a sinner in need of a Savior - I repent and redirect my mind and heart in faith to God and turn away from sin.
  • I believe in my heart that Jesus is God the Son, sent from the Father to live and die for my sins and the sins of the world. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead revealing not only his love and justice but His power to make all things new. This is trusting in the goodness and power of God.
  • I confess my need of God's redemption and forgiveness through Jesus, God's Son and the Savior of the world. I need and desire God's gift of salvation so that I may live forever in His grace and mercy. I gratefully accept the gracious gift of salvation from God through His Son, Jesus, the one who died for my sins.
  • I profess Jesus to be Lord and Savior of the world and I surrender to His kingship of my life, pledging my everlasting love and dedication to Him. This is to surrender my life to the will of God as revealed to us in Jesus (the living Word of God) and the Bible (the written Word of God).
  • If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:

    Here's a Sample Prayer:

  • "Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
  • If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. It's more than just a decision; it's a journey! Jesus commnads us, "Follow Me."

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