First Baptist Church, Richmond KY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
How to Become a Christian
What does it mean to be a Christian? How do you become a Christian?
The “Roman Road” is a popular summary of what Christians believe. Taken from the New Testament book of Romans, the Roman Road oultines basic Christian beliefs about the human condition and God’s plan of redemption.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin’s control.
Admit that you are a sinner.
“…The wages of sin is death…”
Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God and will last for all eternity. The Bible does plainly teach that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people end up that remain spiritually dead.
Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
“…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Salvation is a free gift from God to you! We can’t earn this gift, but we must reach out and receive it.
Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
“God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the cosmic price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. Because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you. Not religion or church membership. God loves you! And reaches you right where you are.
“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
Call out to God in the name of Jesus!
“…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
If you know that God is knocking on your heart door, ask Him to come into your heart.
Jesus said in Revelation 3:20a:
“Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door? Believe in Him. Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. If you want to receive Christ as your personal Saviour, just ask Him in now. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again. God will help you. He loves you. You need to look for a local church where God’s word is preached. Email or call us now, and we will help you find a church near you. The Bible says that we are to desire God’s word like a newborn baby desires mother’s milk. Aren’t you hungry to know the truth?
Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that you have been joined to Jesus. The symbolism is this: When you go down in the water you show that you have been crucified and buried with Him. When you come up out of the water, you show that you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life. (See Romans chapter 6)
You have been born again. (See John chapter 3) Your body has become God’s temple. Your heart is where He lives. Forgiveness is yours in Jesus. And you belong to Him. You were sin’s slave. But now…You are a child of GOD!John 1:12
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name!”
If you have read the above and prayed to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to contact one of our ministers so that they may know of your decision and pray with and for you.
Bill Fort, Senior Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Wilson, Minister of Music email@example.com
Sam Newman, Minister of Education & Discipleship firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Coleman, Minister to Youth email@example.com