Becoming a Christian

Becoming a Christian is the greatest decision that any one person can make
in their life. Contrary to popular belief, Salvation costs absolutely nothing
and the benefits are absolutely out of this world! With all of that said, you
may have a few questions on your mind. First, what is sin?Jesus on the Cross

That one is easy. Sin is anything that is contrary to God’s will and Word.
The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and have fallen short of God’s glory.
It also tells us that the wages of sin is death. (Rom 3:23/6:23) Without Jesus
as our Lord and Savior – we have no life.

Second, who is Jesus Christ?

Another great question! Jesus Christ is God’s Son! He came to this earth some
2000 years ago, lived a perfect, sinless life – teaching all who He came in
contact with about the love of God and how they could receive Salvation. John
1:12 tells us that He came as flesh and dwelt among us. Thus, contrary to the
popular belief of the day, Jesus is real, He is alive, and He wants to save
you. See, Jesus died on the cross for my sins and your sins. He shed His blood
as a remission for our sins. According to Old Testament law, without the shedding
of blood, there is no remission for sins. (Heb 9:22) Jesus defeated hell and
death by rising from the grave on the third day. He further won by ascending
into heaven where He is preparing a place for those who belief in Him. (John
14)

Third, can I work my way into Heaven?

Absolutely not. Some of today’s cults and sects are feeding a line of works
based salvation. However, God’s word tells us that “By grace are ye saved
through faith, not of works lest any man should boast”. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Fourth, how can I be saved? Jesus Christ

Simple:
First – Admit to God that you are a sinner. Remember, sin is anything
that is contrary to the Word and WIll of God.

Second – believe through faith that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died on the
cross for your sins, that He rose from the grave on the 3rd day, and that He
is preparing a place in Heaven for those who believe.

Third – confess Christ as the Lord of your life. Follow Him by becoming a member
in a Bible based church, then following Him in believer’s baptism.

Friend, once you are saved – you are always a Christian. However, this does
not give you a free pass to live like Heaven on Sunday and Hell the remainder
of the week. A wise pastor once said “If Saved, Always Saved.” Romans
12:2 tells us to be transformed of the Spirit and not to conform to the ways
of the world. Once you give your life to Christ, things are going to change!

Been hooked on drugs, alcohol, pornography, abuse?

Give your life to Jesus! I promise, a God who would send His Son to die on the
cross for you and I is a God that I want to serve. He’ll be there with you in
the thick and thin of life. Give your heart to Jesus today! The desire for the
above will be taken away!

Convinced? I would like for you to look at this sample prayer – I encourage
you to pray from your heart, not just these words:

Shelby Moore

As Jesus Christ himself was baptized, we also follow our decision of faith with baptism.

Jesus, I admit to you now that I am a sinner. I realized that I have fallen
short of your glory many times in my life and I ask you to forgive me! Jesus,
I believe that You are the Son of God – that You died on the cross for my sins
– that You rose from the grave to defeat hell and death – and that you are preparing a place for those who believe in Heaven. Jesus, I confess You as my Savior.  Lord save me now. I surrender my life to you. AMEN

If you prayed that prayer and meant it with all of your heart, we’d like to
talk with you, via e-mail or phone, and celebrate your decision to follow Christ.
We would definitely love to see you at Bakers Chapel Church, where we can grow together in the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pastor Terry Sharp

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