How to become a Christian
We want to be absolutely clear about what it means to be a Christian. Becoming a Christian is not about sorting your life out, or doing enough good things to balance out all the bad stuff – in fact it’s not about what we do at all.
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9
This is your story if you are a Christian already, you didn’t save yourself instead you were saved by grace. If you are not a Christian we are going to use some verses from Romans, a book in the New Testament to illustrate how this transformation takes place:
Romans 3: 23 — All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
We very often compare ourselves to other people and say things like, “I’m not perfect but I’m definitely not as bad as ____________ [insert name here]”. However this way of thinking totally misses the point because God doesn’t compare us to other people, he compares our standard of life to His standard and God’s standard is absolute perfection. God is holy, pure, sinless and completely without fault and we have all fallen short of this standard. The first step to becoming a Christian is to recognise that all people, including you, fall short of God’s glory.
Romans 6: 23 — For the wages of sin is death…
We have all sinned and sin has terrible consequences. In the world of work a persons wages are the reward they receive for the what they have done and here we are told that the wage we receive for sin is death and eternal separation from God.
Romans 6: 23 — …but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
The next step on the road to salvation is to realise that the situation is not hopeless. We are all sinful and the consequences of sin are real and terrible however God loves us too much to leave us to deal the consequences of our actions. The amazing good news is that God has sent Jesus Christ to take all of the consequences of our sin, he lived a perfect life and paid for our sin at the cross.
Romans 5: 8 — But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ’s death on the cross is the greatest expression of love that the world has ever seen. After living a perfect life Jesus was wrongfully arrested and sentenced to death on a cross, here we see God’s plan for salvation in action as Jesus became our Saviour and took the full weight of human sin on his shoulders. As we have seen the wages of sin is death and Jesus’ death on the cross has paid for our sin. Jesus then rose from the dead and he is victorious over sin and death.
Romans 10: 13 — Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
As Jesus breathed his last on the cross he cried out ‘It is finished’ and the curse of sin was broken. Now it is possible for sinners to be saved and salvation can only be found in the name of Jesus.
Romans 10: 9 — If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The final step on the road to salvation is a personal decision, Romans 10: 13 brings us to the place where we realise that salvation is possible for sinners but here the language changes from ‘everyone’ to ‘you’. To become a Christian you have to make a decision, how are you going to respond to what Jesus has done for you? Do you believe he is your Saviour? Are you willing to trust him?
Through Jesus, God has done everything that needed to be done for us to be saved. Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to hear any more about this!