If you are convinced that Christianity is true, what should you do about it? How can you become a Christian?
You will have understood from Answer 1 that a Christian is someone who has a new life through trusting in Jesus Christ. That new life has God at its centre. But how do you receive it? It’s by having your sins forgiven. This is how it’s done.
1) You need to Recognise that you are a sinner.
The Bible says that every one of us has sinned – done wrong things. We may not have murdered but we may have done things such as lie, used bad language, hated people, been proud, been selfish, and rejected God. All these things are wrong. The Bible says these things have separated us from God and His blessings. So we need to start by admitting our sin.
The Bible says:
‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ 28
‘Your sins have separated you from your God.’ 29
2) You need to Repent
Repent means to turn your back on sin and to turn to God. It means a whole change in attitude. It’s all very well to admit our sin but without repentance there is no forgiveness.
3) You need to Believe
That means firstly that you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Secondly, that when He died on the cross He died in your place – that He was punished for your sins as a sacrifice so you could be forgiven. It also means believing that Jesus rose from the dead.
The Bible says:
‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.’ 30
4) You need to Confess what you now believe.
‘Confess’ means to tell people. When you become a Christian it’s important to make it clear that you are now a follower of Jesus Christ. One of the ways that we do that is to be baptised.
The Bible says:
‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ 31
If you really do these things with all your heart then you become a real Christian, and the good news is that you immediately have a relationship with God (God becomes your Father), He will help you through life and when you die you will go to be with God forever in paradise. From the moment you trust in Jesus, you will have a new life with God in it.
You can express your new belief in Jesus by praying something like this:
‘Lord God, I know I am a sinner and that I do wrong things. But I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for me personally. I’m sorry for my sins and now I want to follow you for the rest of my life. Thank you for forgiving me.’
The next stage is to find a local church that also believes the things set out in the booklet. A church is a group of people who have trusted in Jesus and get together to worship God, learn more about Him, to help each other and help to spread the message about Christianity. For more information about finding a church near you, please get in touch with us.
Personal stories of becoming a Christian
One of the really helpful things for understanding Christianity is to hear personal stories of how people met with God. We often call these testimonies, because, like in a court of law, they bear witness to what we have experienced. Here are a few different testimony videos showing a variety of different life stories.
Three-times World Powerlifting Champion.
A top Jewish Scientist becomes a Christian
A body builder; former bouncer, criminal and drug addict. 7 1/2 minutes.
A former Muslim
A former Freemason
A former Canadian Policeman. Powerful and amusing. 50 minutes.
More personal stories are included here.