How can I become a Christian?
Why should I become a Christian?
Jesus Christ declared that He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”
(Mark 10:45). The question then arises – why did we need to be ransomed?
The idea of a ransom is a payment that must be made in exchange for the release of a person.
The idea of a ransom is most frequently used in instances of kidnapping, when someone is kidnapped and held prisoner until a ransom is paid for the person’s release.
Jesus paid our ransom to free us from bondage! Bondage to what? Bondage to sin and its consequences, physical death followed by eternal separation from God.
Why did Jesus need to pay this ransom?
Because we are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23), and are therefore worthy of judgment from God (Romans 6:23).
How did Jesus pay our ransom?
By dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
How could Jesus’ death sufficiently pay for all of our sins?
Jesus was God in human form, He was God come to earth to become one of us so He could identify with us and die for our sins (John 1:1,14). As God, Jesus’ death was infinite in value, sufficient to pay for the sins of all who would believe in Him.
(1 John 2:2).
Jesus’ resurrection after His death demonstrated that His death was the sufficient sacrifice, and that He had truly conquered sin and death.
How can I become a Christian?
This is the best part! Because of His love for us, God has made it exceedingly simple to become a Christian.
All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Saviour, fully accepting His death as the full and sufficient sacrifice for your sins
(John 3:16), fully trusting Him alone as your Saviour (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Becoming a Christian is not all about rituals, going to church, or doing certain things while refraining from other things.
Becoming a Christian is all about having a personal friendship with Jesus Christ.
And this always results in repentance. Repentance and faith can be understood as “two sides of the same coin.”
It is impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Saviour without first changing your mind about who He is and what He has done. This is what Biblical repentance means, it is changing your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation (Acts 3:19).
Whether it is repentance from willful rejection, or repentance from ignorance or disinterest, it is a change of mind.
But the truth is that no-one can repent and come to God unless God first pulls that person to Himself (John 6:44).
So, all of salvation, including repentance and faith, is a result of God drawing us, opening our eyes, and changing our hearts.
Are you ready to become a Christian?
If you are ready to become a Christian by receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour, all you have to do is believe.
Do you understand and believe that you have sinned and are worthy of judgment from God?
Do you understand and believe that Jesus took your punishment upon Himself, dying in your place?
Do you understand and believe that His death was the sufficient sacrifice to pay for your sins?
If your answers to these three questions are yes, then simply place your trust in Jesus as your Saviour.
Receive Him, by faith, trusting fully in Him alone.
Turn from what you were, and turn to Jesus in repentance, and that is all it takes to become a Christian!
If you have done this, please contact our pastor - he will be delighted and will encourage you in your spiritual journey.