(This is adapted from an article produced by www.gotquestions.com)
Question: “How can I become a Christian?”
Answer: The first step to become a Christian is to understand what the term “Christian” means. The origin of the term “Christian” was in the city of Antioch in the first century A.D.(see Acts 11:26). It is possible that, at first, being called a Christian was intended to be an insult. The word essentially means “little Christ.” However, over the centuries, believers in Christ have adopted being called Christians and use it to identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. A simple definition of a Christian is a person who follows Jesus Christ.
Question: Why should I become a Christian?
Answer: Jesus Christ stated that He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The question many ask is – why did we need to be ransomed? The idea of a ransom is a payment that must be made in exchange for the release of a person. The idea of a ransom is most frequently used in instances of kidnapping, when someone is kidnapped and held prisoner until a ransom is paid for the person’s release.
Jesus paid the ransom price to free us from bondage! Bondage from what? you may ask. Bondage to sin and its consequences. Sin destroys the things we value in life in life. The Bible says, there is life after death. The worst part of being in bondage to sin is that when we die a physical death, our bondage to sin causes us to be eternally separated from God – hell is our final home.
Why did Jesus need to pay our ransom? Because we are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23), and are therefore worthy of judgment from God(Romans 6:23). Jesus lived a perfect life and paid our ransom by dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
But why Jesus? Jesus was actually God in human form who came to earth to become one of us so we could identify with Him (John 1:1,14). As God, Jesus’ death was of infinite value and because He was perfect His life was sufficient to pay for the sins of the people in the world who were not perfect (1John 2:2). Jesus’ resurrection after His death demonstrated that He was in fact God and that He had truly conquered sin and death.
Question: How can I become a Christian?
Answer: This is the best part of God’s love for us is that He has made it exceedingly simple to become a Christian. All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Savior by fully accepting His death as the sufficient sacrifice for your sins (John 3:16),fully trusting Him alone as your Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Becoming a Christian is not all about rituals, going to church, or doing certain things while refraining from other things. Becoming a Christian is all about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through faith, is what makes a person a Christian.
Question: Are you ready to become a Christian?
Answer: If you are ready to become a Christian by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior, all you have to do is believe. Do you understand and believe that you have sinned and are worthy of judgment from God? Do you understand and believe that Jesus took your punishment upon Himself by dying on the cross in your place? Do you understand and believe that His death was the sufficient sacrifice to pay for your sins? If your answers to these three questions are yes, then simply place your trust in Jesus as your Savior. Receive Him, by faith, fully trusting in Him alone. That is all it takes to become a Christian!
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