How to Become A Christian

There’s a lot of confusion today in our culture regarding what a Christian is and how a person becomes one. Some people believe that being a Christian means being born into a particular church or denomination and being baptized as a baby into that religion. Others would say that being a Christian means that you have to believe in God, believe that Jesus is the Son of God, attend a church and try to do your best in living a good life.
With all the confusion out there, it’s important that we look to the Bible for answers. God has given us a definitive and authoritative answer in the Bible that allows us to navigate through all the confusion that we may have about this issue. To understand what Jesus taught regarding how to become His follower, we need to see what the New Testament teaches. (I’ll give you some Bible verses to look up in parentheses.)
When we study the New Testament, we see that a person becomes a Christian by recognizing three things.
First, a person needs to recognize that they are separated from God because of sin and under His judgment. I know that’s an intense statement, but it is an important one to understand, and we don’t want to avoid it because it makes us uncomfortable. We all have a natural inclination to rebel against God and be hostile to Him. The Bible calls this rebellion “sin.” (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:21) We are confused and lead our lives in such a way that it’s impossible for us to know God, love Him, or obey Him the way we ought to. (Romans 8:5-7) Sin has infested every area of our lives, and we sin against God because we are by nature sinners. (Romans 3:9-20) Since the very core of who we are is corrupt, it is impossible for us to change our condition. The sad result is that we are completely separated from God. Sin has completely destroyed man’s relationship with a holy, just and righteous God. (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; Isaiah 59:2) Because God is holy and just, He must righteously judge those who sin against Him. (Romans 1:18; Nahum 1:1-6) The just punishment for our sin is to experience eternal separation from God in a place the Bible calls Hell. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:11-15)
Second, a person needs to recognize that God has offered a provision for mankind that would heal that separation and protect us from His judgment. God, while being holy and just, also equally loves mankind and desires us not to experience His judgment but to be rescued from it. (John 3:16). To accomplish this, God provided an escape from His judgment by becoming a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3) As God, Jesus lived a completely sinless life and took upon Himself the penalty that our sin deserves. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus was willing to be judged on the cross in our place so that we could stand before God as innocent, our sins completely paid for and removed. (Colossians 2:13-14) Because Jesus died on the cross on our behalf, God is able to freely offer us His gift of forgiveness. (Ephesians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:18)
Third, a person needs to recognize that they need to receive God’s free gift by responding in faith to what Christ has done for them. It’s not enough to simply know, or even agree with these truths. (Ephesians 2:8-10) True faith demands the action of humbly receiving what Christ has done for us by trusting Him to save us. In doing so, we let go of trusting in ourselves to get to Heaven based upon our own achievements, and change to trusting in Christ alone based on what He has done for us.
If these three things describe you and how you have responded to Jesus, then you can be assured that you have a place in Heaven. I would encourage you to take a few steps to continue in your walk with Jesus:


Be obedient to believers baptism. Baptism is simply an outward sign of the inward faith you have in Jesus. Jesus was obedient so we need to be obedient.


Spend time reading The Bible and in prayer. This is how we hear from God and understand Him better as well as how we build that relationship. Much like the other relationships in our lives, the more time we spend with each other, the more we know each other better


Join A Local New Testament Church and get involved with learning more from the Word of God and get involved with reaching others who have not yet met Jesus as their Lord and Savior.