Goodyear Heights Baptist Church
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Reaching New Heights For Christ

How To Become A Christian

How To Become A Christian
 
First of all you need to recognize your need for salvation.  God looks at the heart of a person while some people think of themselves as good moral people who do good deeds.  These people don't realize their need of a Savior because they are trusting in their own goodness and deeds.  A person in that situation lacks the faith required to believe that Christ is who He says He is and do not realized that life without Christ is a life without hope. Romans 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord".
 
Becoming a Christian in more than giving up a few things and more than going to Church - no one was ever born a Christian.  Becoming a Christian requires a willingness on your part to fully surrender to God's plan and desires for your life.  You have to reach out to Him in faith to accept the free gift of salvation He wants to give you.  Surrendering your life to Christ provides you so much more than you could ever gain in your life without Him. 
 
Below are some guidelines to help you realize the need of Christ and steps to take to surrender yourself to Christ:
 
1. Realize you are lost, a sinner, and are separated from God because of your sins.  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God".  Romans 3:23
 
2. Repent or turn from sin and turn to God.  To repent is to be sorry for your sins, to regret the way you have lived and to seek forgiveness.  We can't have eternal life without God's forgiveness.  "In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins".  Ephesians 1:7   "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".      John 3:16
 
3. Confess to God your sins.  Confession means to admit you are a sinner and need help.  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".  1 John 1:9
 
4. Believe God and obey His word.  Trust Jesus to be your Savior.  "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved".  Acts 16:31  "I have come that they may have live, and that they may have it more abundantly".  John 10:10
 
If you've made the decision for salvation, then you can now be called a Christian.
 
Once you make the decision, you need to share this decision with someone and then to unite yourself with a Bible believing Church who will provide you with the Christian fellowship and teachings that you need.  Please contact us if you've made this decision so that we can pray with you and rejoice with you.