Becoming A Christian
STEP 1: SALVATION
Realize That You Are a Sinner
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. The Bible says, “No one is good—not even one.” We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
Recognize That Jesus Christ Died On The Cross For You
John 3:16-17 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
The Bible tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners.” This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
Repent Of Your Sin
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.
The Bible tells us, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” The word repent means change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.
STEP 2: BAPTISM
Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
Baptism by Immersion: The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. When someone is baptized, they are fully submerged in water; this is a symbol of Ephesians 2:1 that reads, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” But because of God’s great love for us He has made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. Being lifted up from under being fully submerged represents us being lifted up out of our sins, just as Christ arose from the dead on the third day. Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.