Recently I was asked by an organization to submit to them what my specific response to someone would be if they asked me “How can I become a Christian?” Here’s how it went:
“If some e would ask you, “How can I become a Christian (I.e. Be saved from sin and come into Christ), what specifically would you tell them?
In order to be saved we must first understand that we are condemned by our sin and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23). Thankfully, God, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, has made provision for our forgiveness and freedom from sin. To access this provision we must first learn and engage with the gospel message that through Christ we can have eternal life (John 3:16; 14:6). We must have faith that Jesus is who He claimed to be, the Son of God and Redeemer of humanity (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6). We must be willing to repent/turn from a former life of sin and commit to the Christian faith (Luke 13:3). We must confess/affirm/admit our belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32). And we must be baptized/immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Galatians 3:27). Baptism is the culminating component to the conversion event but it is not the end. Rather, baptism marks the beginning of new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-11). We are added to the church and henceforth seek to live a faithful and devoted life for God’s glory.
- Paul Merideth
Watterson Trail Church of Christ, Jeffersontown, KY
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