|What is the Gospel?
|The gospel in brief is given in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. There
we read the following:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance: that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures, that he was buried,
and that he was raised on the third day according
to the scriptures (emphasis added).
How can I become a Christian?
|One of the simplest statements of how to become a
Christian is found in Romans 10:9 where we read:
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus
is Lord," and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved (emphasis
|Thus, one becomes a Christian by believing in the
gospel (that Christ died for our sins, was buried,
and rose bodily from the dead on the third day). This
is not mere intellectual agreement, but believing "in
your heart" or trusting and depending on these
What will happen if I believe
(place my trust in) Christ?
|When a person believes the gospel in his heart, he
becomes a Christian. Because of the person's
acceptance of Christ's death on the cross as payment
for his own personal sin, the barriers previously created
by that sin are removed. He now has free access
to God the Father through prayer because of what Christ's
death accomplished on the cross.
The instant a person believes numerous things take place in the
spiritual realm. We'll mention just a few of those things
The angels in heaven sing for joy. The person is granted
eternal life, is adopted into God's spiritual family, and a PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIP is established between the new believer and God. Even
as a new believer, the person can claim God as Father and boldly
come before Him in intimate prayer and fellowship. It is
God's desire that the person will seek Him regularly and develop
that relationship to even greater depths of intimacy and fellowship. The
Westminster Catechism puts it this way, the purpose of life is "to
know God and enjoy Him forever."
Why should a person accept Jesus
Christ as personal Savior?
1. God's Love--God loves
you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life (John 3:16).
is from God...for God is Love....We love because
He first loved us. (1 John 4:7,8,19). See
also 1 John 4:9-10.
came that they might have life, and might have
it abundantly (John 10:10).
Related verses: John 17:3; Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 49:15-16; Zephaniah
is it that so many people don't have
personal relationship with God?
2. Your Sin-- Your
sin keeps you from having a personal relationship with
ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans
have ALL turned aside; together they have become
corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even
one (Psalm 14:3).
the wages of sin is DEATH (Romans 6:23). Note:
Here "death" means eternal separation
your iniquities have made a SEPARATION between
you and your God, and your sins have hid His face
from you so that He does not hear (Isaiah 59:2).
personal sin has separated you
God. From a human perspective,
are without hope. Is there a solution
3. God's Provision--Jesus
Christ is God's ONLY provision for your sin.
DIED for our sins,...He WAS BURIED, and...He WAS
RAISED on the third day according to the Scriptures (1
am THE way, and THE truth, and THE life; NO ONE
COMES TO THE FATHER, BUT THROUGH ME (John 14:6).
there is one God, and ONE mediator also between
God and men, the man Jesus Christ (1 Timothy
of Christ: THERE IS SALVATION IN NO ONE ELSE; for
there is no other name under heaven...given among
men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Related verses: John 3:3; Romans 5:8; Isaiah 53:5.
Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for
sin, what must you do to have a personal
4. Your Choice--You
must personally place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ
as your Savior and Lord.
as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, even to those who believe
in His name (John 1:12).
by grace you have been saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works, that no one should boast (Ephesians
you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and
believe in your heart that God raised him from
the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart
man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with
the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans
believes in Him will not be disappointed....Whoever
will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans
you ready to accept Christ and begin a
relationship with God?
5. Your Decision--You
can receive Jesus Christ right now as your Savior and Lord
and begin your personal relationship with God.
can express your desire to have a personal relationship
with God through prayer. Prayer is simply talking
to God, so the act of praying doesn't save you; it
is the attitude of belief in the heart expressed through
prayer or confession that God hears and honors with
following prayer or confession is just a suggested
guide. God is concerned about your heart
attitude more than your exact words.
|Lord Jesus, I realize that I'm a sinner
and separated from You. I believe
that You died on the cross for my sins
and rose again. I acknowledge my
need for forgiveness and open the door
of my heart and life to You. I receive
You as my Savior and Lord. Thank
you for coming into my life, forgiving
my sins, and giving me eternal life. Take
control of my life and change me into the
person You want me to be. Help me
to grow in my new relationship with you. Amen.
If these words express your desire, then read the words again thoughtfully
while agreeing with God in your heart concerning each point. Then
thank the Lord for what He has done for you and for your new
relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
should you do next?
6. Become Grounded in Your Faith-- Your
assurance of eternal life is vitally important; it is the
foundation for building a confident and growing relationship
|Study and memorize verses that confirm what God has
done in your life.
has given us eternal life, and this life is in
His Son. He who has the Son has the life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have
the life. These things I have written to
you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
in order that YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL
LIFE (1 John 5:11-13).
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and
they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch
them out of My hand. My Father, who has given
them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is
able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I
and the Father are one (John 10:27-30).
will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake
you (Hebrews 13:5).
confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides
in him, and he in God (1 John 4:15).
Related verses: 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 24; Philippians 1:6; Colossians
1:27; Colossians 2:13-14.
Other aids to spiritual growth and stability:
your Bible daily. If you are new to Bible reading, start with the
book of John.
a good church where the Bible is taken seriously
and Christ is honored (Hebrews 10:25).
daily. Prayer is talking with God, so be
natural, honest and conversational. Tell
God your concerns, pray for the needs of others
and ask for His guidance and help.
that you will fail, make selfish mistakes, have
times when you have a bad attitude and sin in a
variety of other ways. When you realize that
you have sinned, confess it and then claim
God's forgiveness and move on. Satan will
attempt to make you feel that God has not forgiven
you and keep you defeated. Read 1 John 1:9
and then memorize it. Claim it daily when
you realize that you've sinned.
if I have concerns and questions?
7. Contact Us--We'll
help you get answers to your questions, find a good church,
suggest good books and study aids, etc.