FAQ: How do I Become a Christian?
The term “Christian” can be a confusing one. It’s thrown around so commonly in our culture that it hardly describes anything of solidity anymore. If Jesus Christ is the namesake of a Christ-ian, we must look to Him to find out what it means. The place to go for that is in the Bible.
In short, a Christian is a disciple (or follower) of Jesus who has been saved from their sin and ultimate separation from God for eternity by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is confirmed and assured through their faith in Jesus as their Savior, and evidenced through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit–who transforms them into the likeness of Christ through His power.
In the Bible, God lays out simple truths to us to reveal the nature and work of Jesus as part of God’s unstoppable plan:
Life is not made up of “good people” and “bad people”. We are all in the same boat.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Even though we are all sinners deserving of Hell (separation from God and all that is good), God loves us enough to do something about our insurmountable problem.
“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
He didn’t act because we are deserving of it or because we have earned it. God provides salvation through Jesus because He has mercy on us.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Titus 3:5
It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. Morality doesn’t save–Jesus does.
“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 2:8-9
Your sin earns you death. Jesus took the payment you were owed on Himself. That penalty for sin must be paid.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.
All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
“If you confess 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 confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10