Becoming a Christian

Really the purpose of these books, the blog, and the website is to share God’s glory and story with people, and in doing so, hopefully encourage fellow believers while also helping non-believers come to a belief in Jesus Christ as their personal savior. I would be remiss if I didn’t at least take a stab at laying out the basics of how to become a Christian, even though I’m a beginner too. I don’t mean to make it sound like there is a recipe or procedure. We all come to God in our own way as He pursues us his individual children.

However, if you are really interested in becoming a Christian, I would encourage you to read Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God (Penguin/Random House 2008). He answers the questions most people have in a very logical, clear way and gets you connected to the Bible, which if you believe, is the Word of God.

For a more immediate one-page introduction/invitation I love this web page. It nails it.

Here’s my very simple sequence of beliefs that underpin my faith, based loosely on an appendix called “How To Become a Christian” in The Life Application Study Bible: New Living Translation (Tyndale House, 2013)

  • God created you.
  • God loves you.
  • God wants to have a personal relationship with you.
  • Your sin keeps you from having a personal relationship with God.
  • Christ suffered and died for removal of your sin.
  • Only through Christ can we have a personal relationship with God.
  • Believe in Christ and what he did for you.
  • Receive Christ, which means you acknowledge your belief in Christ.

Boiled down, there are two steps:

  1. Repent – Ask God for forgiveness of your sin, and turn your whole life over to Christ.
  2. Believe in Christ – Believe that Jesus Christ is your savior. That he died for your sins so that you could be saved from them, start a new life, and have a personal relationship with God.

Follow up by looking for a Bible-based church to get into community with fellow believers. In the meantime, pray for me. I’ll pray for you! And check out the resources on this site. As well as our blog!