How do I become a Christian?
The central theme of the Bible is God's love for you and for all people. This love was
revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being,
lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died,
your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death you can have eternal
life. You can know for sure what will happen to you after you die.
You have probably heard the story of God's love referred to as the 'Gospel'. The
word Gospel simply means 'Good News'. The Gospel is the Good News that,
because of what Christ has done on the cross, we can be forgiven and can live
But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly
receive it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from
the Bible show God's part and yours in this process:
God's Love is revealed in the Bible
"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 verse 16
God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And He
wants to give you a new life which will last forever, even after you experience
We Are Sinful
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." —Romans 3verse 23
You may have heard someone say, "I'm only human—nobody's perfect." This Bible
verse above says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know
are wrong. And that's why we feel separated from God—because God is holy and
good, and we are not.
Sin Has a Penalty
"For the penalty of sin is death." —Romans 6 verse 23
Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty
for their sins. If you continue to do wrong things, you will pay the penalty of spiritual
death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our Holy God
for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from
God will spend eternity in a place called hell.
Christ Has Paid Our Penalty!
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us." —Romans 5 verse 8
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for
all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before
God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you,
even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation Is 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 verses 8-9
The word grace means "undeserved kindness". It means God is offering you
something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
God's gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is
joyfully receive it. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!
Christ Is at Your Heart's Door
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the
door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3 verse 20
Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will,
Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect
and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.
You Must Receive Him
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to
become children of God." — John 1 verse 12
When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the
privilege of talking to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a
personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship
that will last for all eternity.
if you would like to the step of asking Jesus in your life, right now. You may want to
use the prayer below, maybe in your bedroom.
Lord Jesus Christ,
I am sorry for the things I've done wrong in my life. Please forgive me. Thank
you that with your strength I can turn now from everything which I know is
Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set
free. I want to accept that great gift, and ask you to fill me with your Spirit and
be leader of my life.
What should you do next?
If you are making this commitment to Christ today, tell someone you know
who is a Christian, and let us know by contacting our minister Ian Heath or one
of the church leaders. We would like to help you grow in your faith
We believe that men, women and children matter to God. Even if they don’t know it
yet. So we’re here to meet them wherever they are at, with Biblical teaching and the
good news that God cares about them and wants to be involved their everyday
challenges, dreams and heartbreaks.
- - The Bible is God’s authoritative word to us, the maker’s instructions for
- - Jesus Christ is the Son of God – the only Saviour for a lost and broken world.
- - The local church is the hope of the world, God’s agent for redemptive change.
- - Every Christian is called and gifted by God to serve and make a difference.
- - The Church is called to evangelise the whole earth, by a Spirit-led uprising of
- - Community is a gift of God - essential for your growth as an individual and our
growth as a church.
- - Jesus is coming again – soon!