How Do I Become a Christian?

Receiving Christ Jesus as your Savior and Lord is the most important decision you or anyone else will ever make.

If you have never made this commitment, please take a few moments to allow us to share Christ with you right here on this page. Many call this God's Highway to Heaven.

You will not find it on a map, but a Highway to Heaven does exist. The Roman Road is explained in the book of Romans in the Bible. This road shows a lost and dying world the only way to get to Heaven.

The road begins at Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." God is the source of energy for our journey to heaven. He gives power for salvation to ALL who believe.

We need God's power because we have a problem with sin, "for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "Sin" means missing the mark or falling short of God's intended destination for us. None of us can reach that destination on our own because we are all sinners.

When we work, we earn money. Sin earns wages as well -- wages of death. "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Because God loves all sinners, He has provided another route for each of us.

Romans 5:8-9 reveals God's plan for reconciliation of man to himself: "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

God's Salvation is revealed in Romans 10:9 which says "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." The Holy Spirit tells us that we need to confess our sin and ask for forgiveness. To confess Jesus Christ as Lord involves confessing your sin and your need for salvation. You must repent of your sin, turn away from the direction in life that you have chosen, and obey and serve Jesus. To "believe in your heart" is to place your faith in Jesus Christ and trust that He died on the cross to pay for your sins.

Now that you know about God's Highway to Heaven, what do you do? If you feel that God is drawing you to Himself, and you now see your condition as a sinner and know that you need salvation through Christ, then pray (talk to God) with all your heart the following (or something similar):

"Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I am a sinner and that I need to be saved. With Your power, I now turn away from my sin and I with all my heart place my faith in you alone Jesus, as my Savior and Lord. Amen."

If you have prayed this prayer with all of your heart, and have repented from your sin, it is important for you to share your decision of faith in Jesus with a pastor or a Christian friend so that they can rejoice with you and show you what the scriptures say about how to grow as a Christian.

It is important to publicly profess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. In Matthew 10:32, Jesus tells us that "Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." In Matthew 10:33, Jesus also tells us "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in Heaven."  This profession can take place when you join a local church and are baptized.

Being a Christian, of course, means more than being a church member.  You must now cultivate your newfound relationship with God by reading His Word, praying, and walking in fellowship with His people.  This will be the beginning of life-long growth in grace, knowledge and obedience.

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