How do I become a Christian?
A Christian is a person who has truly responded to the good news God offers in the Bible. Human beings were created to live in a relationship with God under His authority.
The bad news
The bible tells us that we have all rebelled against God and broken His laws (sin). Just think about how many times you have lied, stolen, used God's name in vain, or felt hatred for someone else... we've all broken God's laws more times than we can count!
Our disobedience and rejection of God's authority means that we are all deserving of God's wrath and punishment. God is perfect and will not tolerate sin.
The good news
God commands all people to repent, (that means forsaking our sins and turning back to God). We must put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (faith), God will forgive all our sins (past, present and future), declare us to be "in the right" in His sight and adopt us into His family for all eternity. In order to be forgiven by God and be saved from the punishment we deserve, we must repent and exercise faith.
This is the reason Jesus, the Son of God came to earth. He came to be a substitute for rebel sinners like us. He came to live the sinless life that none of us has lived and to take that perfect life to the cross in order to die as a substitute, in the place of sinners.
In dying on the cross, He made a full payment to God the Father for all of the sins of His people. In other words, He completely satisfied the justice of God. Jesus satisfied the wrath of God for everyone who puts their trust in Him as their Saviour. God demonstrated that he had accepted what Jesus had accomplished on behalf of sinners, by raising him from the dead. Jesus ascended to heaven and is now glorified, having authority over all creation.
That's great news! But we must realise that nobody is born a Christian. We have to become Christians. We cannot be reconciled to God by hoping our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, by church attendance or simply hoping God will forget all about our crimes against Him. We can only be saved by turning from our sins by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Salvation is entirely through God’s kindness and mercy. None of the credit may be given to us!
Here is what the bible has to say:
Our sinful condition
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick...” (Jer. 17:9) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person.” (Matt. 15:19, 20) “…sin is lawlessness.” (I John 3:4) “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom. 3:23) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to His own way…” (Isa. 53:6) “God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” (Ps. 53:2, 3)
God’s necessary judgment
“…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Rom. 1:18) “…for our God is a consuming fire…” (Heb. 12:29) “…He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness...” (Acts 17:31) “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ “ (Matt. 25:41) “And these will go away into eternal punishment…” (Matt. 25:46)
His gracious provision of a Saviour
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4, 5) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
How Jesus saves us by His death on the cross
“…God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God…” (I Peter 3:18) “For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Cor. 5:21)
What we must do in order to make this salvation ours
“…repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13) “…Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
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It is our prayer that you respond to this message in repentance and faith, trusting in Jesus Christ alone to reconcile you to God. If you would like to talk further about this please contact us on 020 8529 4693 or come along to a Sunday service, where you will be warmly welcomed.
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