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If you happen to be reading this and you are not a Christian, (The author prays that non-Christians will read this.), you are probably interested in becoming one. Therefore, this page is included to tell you how to become one. If you do what is said below, you will be a true Christian, not just, as many are, a person who thinks he or she is, but really is not.
The Scriptures present a number of guidelines for becoming a Christian that have been, long since, assembled into sets of systematic, step - by -step instructions for how to do this. Such a set of systematic directions will be presented here, with Scripture references to support them. However, it is the position of the author that there is more to this than most such sets of instructions include. This writer will include all of what he believes the Bible to really say about this issue. Note that what is presented here is more complex than most such sets of instructions. That is because it is the author's intention to present this as completely and precisely as possible.
What you have to do is this:
1. You must believe that God exists. (John 1:1, Hebrews 11:6)
This is talking about, and only about, God as presented in the Bible. There are many concepts of God, but only belief in the God of the Bible will meet the spiritual requirements. Related to this, See Hebrews 11:1 & 6.
It is understood that as a new person coming to the Christian Faith you will not understand the whole concept. But understand that the God you are turning to is a person, not an impersonal force of principle. He is an all knowing, all powerful and all-loving person. He does not reside within you until you become a Christian. He reveals His existence to us in Three Persons; God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Understand also, that contrary to what has been suggested in modern, ungodly sentiment; the Bible presents all Three Persons of God to us in the masculine gender, and understand that there is concrete reason why this is so. You should think and speak of all Three Persons, collectively and individually, as "He".
2. You must believe that the Bible is the Word of God. (I Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20 & 21)
There is no basis for a true Christian faith that is not based entirely on the Bible, accepting it as unique and authoritative; as God speaking to man through man. It must be understood to mean what it says, and be taken seriously. On the other hand, you must understand that any source of religious information and teaching not based on the Bible is to be considered suspect, at best, and not to be used as the basis for your becoming a Christian.
3. You must believe that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The key word in this is "diligently". A casual approach to this will not work. You must really want to become a child of God, and you must persist in seeking God.
4. You must decide to believe the above principles, and act on them. (James 1:22-25)
5. You must believe that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)
You must believe that you are guilty of sin, no matter how good or bad a person you regard yourself to be. You must believe that you guilt places you in a state of separation from God; in a state of condemnation to the point that without Christ you will be eternally separated from God and will (Romans 6:23a) in fact go to hell. Sin can be defined Biblically as a state of falling short of God's standard of righteousness and/or any act or attitude of disobedience to God's Laws. It is a matter of basic Christian doctrine that all humans are sinners. It is also understood that sin creates a spiritual separation between men and God that will be eternally fatal if not removed from an individual through Faith in Jesus Christ.
6. You must believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
(I Corinthians 15: 3& 4)
The most basic belief of all true Christianity is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to atone for our sins. You must believe that by your accepting the atoning value of His sacrifice on the Cross, your sins can be forgiven, and you can receive true spiritual, eternal life. You must also believe that Jesus Christ arose from the dead. (Romans 10:9 & 10).
7. You must repent of your sins. (I John 1:9)
This includes a mental rejection of unbelief, combined with a rejection of sin, in favor of a commitment to live a life of faith and obedience to Christ, that is to say, obedience to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures. Again, this requires willingness to accept the authority of the Scriptures. Being sorry for your sins is part of this, but unless the turning from sin happens, the being sorry is meaningless. For this and the following, see Acts 2:38. This repentance should be demonstrated by a public confession of faith in Christ (see, again, Romans 10:9 & 10).
8. You must be baptized. (Acts 2:38)
This should be done, unless prohibited by circumstances, by complete immersion in water. (Mark 16:16). It should be done as soon as possible after you repent, contrary to frequent practice. Several examples in the Book of Acts, plus Peter's statement in Acts 2:38, making immersion a prerequisite for the next and final step.
9. You must be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:9-11)
The Bible makes it clear that without the Holy Spirit you are not really a child of God. Contrary to what is sometimes erroneously taught, the Bible does not support the idea that you automatically receive the Spirit when you "get saved". It is something that should happen quickly thereafter, though. (See Acts 8:14 -17 and 19:1-6). The Holy Spirit may come to you spontaneously, especially when you are baptized, but it is not necessarily so.
Receiving the Spirit may require you to fast and pray for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and have Church elders who already have the Spirit lay hands on you and pray for you, as was done in the Bible.
If you have fulfilled all these conditions, you are Born Again, truly saved, as the saying goes. But you are a new-born baby. You have a lot of growing to do. And so do many people who have considered themselves Christians for a long time. Having been Born Again gives a person the chance to be ready for the Second Coming, but does not necessarily make you ready. We will present what you and they have to do in the next page,
Growing As A Christian
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