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What we Believe

How to become a Christian

When some one is born they are not a Christian, neither are they necessarily going to heaven. People used to think they were Christians because they went to church or were born in a Christian country, but this is obviously not so.

So should I care about becoming a Christian? - simple answer is Yes! God cared about you becoming a Christian, that is saved - born again - in a personal relationship with God. He cared enough to send his only begotten Son Jesus to both invite us and enable us to experience a personal relationship with God as a Father.


1. God is not neutral.

God loves you and created you to know him personally

God Loves You

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God wants you to know him

John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

 


2. Sin separates us from God

This means that we cannot know him or experience his Love

We are all sinful

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

What is sin?

Sin is wanting to go our own way instead of God's way. We show this attitude by openly disobeying God or by simply ignoring Him.

Sin separates us from God

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death (death meaning separation from God forever).

explaination of the facts of life and death

God is perfect and we are sinful. There is a great gap between us because of our sin. Something is missing from our lives that nothing else can satisfy. Neither money or friends, work or leisure activities can fill that God-shaped void in our life.
We can try to come to God by bridging the separating gap ourselves, by our own good deeds or even by religious activities like going to church. But all our efforts will fail because they do not deal with Sin.

 


3. Jesus Christ is God's solution to our sin.

He died in our place
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

Through him alone can we know God and experience his love

He is the only way to God
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We all to deserve to be cut off from God forever, as the just penalty for our sin. But God sent his Son Jesus to pay the penalty for us, by dying on the cross. Through Jesus, God bridged the gap which separates us from Him. So now we can know God and be forgiven for our sin.

It is not enough to know the facts.....

 


...We must receive Jesus Christ into our lives as Saviour and Lord. Then we can know God and experience his love.

We must receive Jesus Christ
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Receiving Jesus Christ involves:

Turning from our sin

Agreeing with God that we are sinful and wanting to turn from our sin to God.

Believing in the name of Jesus

Trusting God to forgive us completely because Jesus Christ died for our sins.

Receiving Jesus as Lord

Choosing to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord.

Jesus promises to come into our lives when we receive Him.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

So it's not enough just to think or feel that these facts are true. We have to make a choice....
..............invite him in or reject him.

 


You can invite Jesus Christ into your life by faith expressed in prayer.
(prayer is talking to God)

God is not so concerned with your words as He is with your attitude. Here is a suggested prayer:-

Lord Jesus, I am sorry that I have been going my
own way instead of your way. Thank you for dying
to take away my sin. Please come into my life and
make me the person you want me to be.
Amen

Make this your prayer now.

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