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Becoming a Christian

What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?  Consider how the Bible answers this question. Becoming a Christian is a matter of FAITH.

F is for FORGIVENESS
We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness. -- Ephesians 1:7a
"...the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."

A is for AVAILABLE
Forgiveness is available.  It is:

  • Available for all.  --John 3:16
    "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."
  • But not automatic. -- Matthew 7:21a
    "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,"

I is for IMPOSSIBLE
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven.

  • Because of who He is: God is loving and just.  His judgment is against sin. -- James 2:13a
    "....because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful."
  • Because of who we are: Every person is a sinner. --Romans 3:23
    "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

T is for TURN
Turn means repent.

  • Turn from something - sin and self. --Luke 13:3b
    "...but unless you repent, you too will all perish."
  • Turn to someone; trust Christ only. -- Romans 10:9
    "That 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."

H is for HEAVEN
Heaven is eternal life.

  • Here -- John 10:10b
    "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
  • Hereafter -- John 14:3
    "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

HOW?
How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.  Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.

PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways.  I believe You died for my sins and only through faith in Your death in resurrection can I be forgiven.  I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord.  From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You.  Thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving me.  Amen.

FOLLOW UP:
If you prayed this prayer, share your decision with a Christian friend of pastor. If you are not already attending church, find one in which you can worship and grow in your faith.  Follow Christ's example, ask to be baptized as a public expression of your faith.

We'd love to hear about your decision to follow Christ.  Please let us know by sending us an email.

Other Sites of interest about becoming a Christian include:

www.thegoodnews.org -- for those looking for the plan of salvation in a foreign language.  This site offers the plan in 17 languages other than English.  Find the translations in the "eternal life books" section.

www.thekristo.com -- a flash presentation that presents the plan of salvation in a cultural context for those seeking the truth that Jesus Christ offers.

www.studentz.com -- an upbeat site for students who are searching for the truth that Jesus Christ offers.

www.kidzplace.org -- a great place for children to learn about becoming a Christian.

Last Published: November 6, 2006 4:03 PM