A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. A Christian has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, strives to obey Him in all things, and draws on His strength to help with problems.
God created us for the purpose of a relationship with Him. Our souls are restless without it, and only a relationship with God can fill that void in your life. This relationship starts by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. To help better understand, you need to know the basic facts from the Bible below.
God loves you.
Because of God’s love for everyone, He desires that you would have a personal relationship with Him. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)
You are a sinner.
We are all sinners in that we disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God. (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
Sin separates you from God.
Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into a relationship with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls hell. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
You can’t save yourself.
People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
God sent His Son Jesus to remove the sin barrier.
The death on the cross of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, removed the sin barrier between you and God. Jesus died for your sins, taking your punishment on Himself. God did for you in Jesus Christ what you couldn’t do for yourself. (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
You can receive Jesus Christ through faith.
Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in a right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and a willingness to turn away from sin. (John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Thank Him for entering your life. Commit yourself to live for Him. Accepting Christ is the beginning. After accepting Him, be obedient by following Christ in baptism and by uniting with a church. When you do, you will find that life truly does have purpose and meaning. Talk with another Christian about your decision for Christ.
Still have questions . . .
It’s okay if you still have some questions about your faith. If you haven’t made a decision to accept Christ, but would like to know more about it, you’re a seeker. That’s a good thing. That means you’re asking questions about spiritual things and how they might relate to your life. Feel free to contact us with your questions.