How to become a Christian?

 

This video from Hillsong Church provides a great explanation of what it means to be a Christian.

 

Steps to Become a Christian

Salvation is a gift from God. It is not something we can create for ourselves. It is, though, something we can seek. In order to be saved and have a place in God’s kingdom, we must accept God’s way of salvation.

Has God been pulling on your heart?  Have you been seeking something better?  The way to Christ is plain and easy to understand; the Bible has taught us how to seek God in our lives. Hebrews 11:6teaches “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Believe
1) Believe God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him is the first step. This might seem like circular thinking. "I need to know God to believe in Him, but I can't be His until I believe." The apostle Paul gave us the answer in Romans 10:17: “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Studying the Bible, learning the principles it teaches, and understanding God's love for us will lead to faith.

Repent
2) Step 2 is about making changes in our own life.   Romans 2:4 says “Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?

Repentance sounds like a churchy word. It simply means to earnestly ask for God to forgive your sins.  Sometimes this is a hard step, because it means being honest with yourself, and with God. Consider this idea about repentance: "Repentance is simply being sorry for our sins and putting them away. It is not a sorrow for fear of punishment, but a hatred of the sin itself because we know it grieves the heart of God, whether or not we suffer for the sin here on earth." You might ask, “Are you sure God will forgive me?” He will! The answer to that question is found in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness is an important part of God's character.  Exodus 34:6,7 tells us “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” 

It is hard to understand why God treats us better than we deserve, but he does! He wants to have a relationship with each of us. He desires to forgive us. “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. When you read this verse, leave out the world, and substitute it with your own name. God desires to forgive YOU!

God does this because of his unequaled love for us. So. first of all, learn to believe in God from His word. Then, we must examine our sin and realize that we are sorry for them.  “Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.” — Acts 3:19

Confess
3) Confessing our sin is another important step toward living a life that is pleasing to God. James 5:16 teaches, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  Confessing our sins to God allows us to have a relationship with him that is not dirtied by our sins. Confessing our sins to someone we trust allows us to have accountability so we won't return to that sin. True repentance and confession means we desire to make the sins of the past right if we can. 

When we truly repents and confess, God forgives us, just as 1 John 1:9 says. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness is God’s work, not ours. Confessing is a sign that we believe that God will do what he said he would: forgive. That's the end of it. You might feel relieved from your sin. You might not. Don't depend on how you feel. Depend of the belief that God has kept his promise.  

Baptism
4)  Acts 2:38, 39 teaches us that being baptized is a sign of our relationship with God. “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

So, what does it all mean? Christ lives His life within us, a life of perfect obedience. That doesn't mean that we will be perfect if we follow these steps. Far from it. It means that when God looks at us, he will see Jesus, who was perfect and sinless. He already took our sins upon himself. They have been paid for in full.  Alone, we are lost. In John 15:5 we read, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”  But what about when we abide in Christ? “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

What if I Keep Falling as a Christian
We all fail. That is what it means to be human. Being a Christian doesn't mean you won't do things that are displeasing to God. Instead, it means that when you realize you have done something that separates you from God, you will ask his forgiveness again...and again...and again. Certainly, this does not serve as permission to sin. But we can be confident that when we do slip, God will catch us, and he will forgive us when we seek Him.

 

Joining Christ Community Church

If you are interested in becoming a member of Christ Community Church, please speak with one of our church elders. New members classes are held on a regular basis. Joining the church requires meeting with the Board of Elders, which meets on the 2nd Monday of every month. Membership can be granted by baptism for new believers, transfer of membership for those moving from another congregation, or reaffirmation of faith for those who would like to re-commit their life to Christ.