How Do I Become A Believer?
1. Realize that you are a sinner
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. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). This is because we can not become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you
The Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). 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.
3. Repent of your sin
The Bible tells us to “repent and be converted” (Acts 3:19). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.
4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life
Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20).
If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.
Father, I know that I am a sinner. Jesus died on the cross to save sinners. Jesus died to save me. Forgive me. Cleanse me of my sins. Give me a new life. I will follow you from this day forward. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
To put your faith in action, be sure to spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, going to church, and telling others about Christ.
Now that I Am A Believer!
The Moment that you, as an act of faith, receive Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior, He came in. This is what He promises in John 10:9… “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.” Also in John 6:37… “The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
Have you received Christ into your life in this way?
If so, where is Jesus Christ right now in relation to you?
On the basis of John 10:9, how do you know that Christ is in your life?
Now that you have received Jesus Christ into your life, you have established a personal relationship with Him. You have now become a true Christian. You do not become a Christian by living a good life or by being born into a Christian family. The word “Christian” means “Christ in one”- Christ living in you. The Bible tells us that many things happen when Christ comes to live in you.
Listed Below are questions along with verses to help you get started with your walk. At the end of this section is a list of answers if you need help.
A New Relationship
1) What does the Resurrection prove to us about Jesus Christ? (Romans 1:4)
2) Who is Jesus Christ? (1 John 5:20)
3) What would be the result for us if Christ had not risen from the dead? (1 Corinthians 15:13-17)
4a) What did you become when you received Christ? (John 1:12)
4b) Since other Christians are also God’s children, what is your relationship to them?
Salvation is God’s favor freely given to man when he puts his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, resulting in forgiveness of sin.
5a) Is salvation the reward of a man’s good works? (Ephesians 2:8-9)
5b) How is Salvation obtained?
6) Have you received forgiveness for your sins? (Colossians 1:13-14)
7a) Will Christ ever leave you? (Hebrews 13:5)
7b) Since Christ has promised never to leave you, how many times do you have to invite him into your life?
A New Life
Read 1 John 5:11-13
1) Where is eternal life found? (1 John 5:11)
2) If a person has Christ in his life, what kind of life does he have? (1 John 5:13)
3a) Can a person know that he has eternal life right now? (1 John 5:13)
3b) Do you know that you have eternal life?
3c) How do you know?
A New Adventure
1) Now that you have Christ in your life, what have you become? (2 Corinthians 5:17)
2) What can separate you from Christ? (Romans 8:38-39)
3) Who can take you away from Christ? (John 10:27-29)
1) On the basis of this study, what are some of the things that you know are true of your life right now?
2) Would you like to thank God for what He has done for you? Thanking God demonstrates faith!
Suggested reading- John 3
A New Relationship
1) The resurrection proved that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
2) Jesus is God and eternal life.
3) If Christ had not risen from the dead, our preaching is useless;
our trust in God is empty, worthless, hopeless, and the apostles were all liars.
4a) I became a child of God.
4b) Other Christians are my brothers and sisters.
5a) Salvation is not the reward for a man’s good works.
5b) Salvation is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ.
6) Yes, I received forgiveness for my sins.
7a) Christ will never leave me.
7b) We invite Christ into our lives only once.
A New Life
1) Eternal life is found in Jesus Christ.
2) He has eternal life.
3a) Yes a person can know that he has eternal life.
3b) Yes, I know I have eternal life.
3c) Because Jesus promised it in His Word to those who have received him.
A New Adventure
1) I have become a new creation.
2) Nothing can separate me from Christ.
3) No one can take me away from Christ.
The most amazing thing possible in all of time, space and history has happened to you- you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the God of the Universe and Creator of all things. You will spend the rest of your life here on earth and eternity in heaven learning just what exactly God has done for you by saving you from hell and making you a part of His family. The church exists to teach you, help you and equip you as a follower of Jesus Christ.
The first thing we would recommend is joining us on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night for a time to learn from the Bible and get in contact with other Christians. We cannot stress to you enough how amazing salvation is, and how much we as a church family want to see you grow in your relationship with Jesus and knowledge of Him.
Our pastoral staff would love to meet with you, answer any questions or concerns you have, pray for you and get to know you. If you are a new believer and would like to get in contact with a pastor you can Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church Office: (818) 767-5210. Right now you can go to our Home page and listen to a Recent Bible study that is sure to be informative and encouraging. God Bless!