How to become a Christian.
A Prayer of Salvation
Use this prayer if it expresses your feelings, or pray a similar prayer in your own words, committing your life to Jesus and asking Him for His gift of eternal life.
"Dear God, I know that Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. Because I have sinned and need forgiveness, I ask Jesus to come into my life. I am willing to change the direction of my life by acknowledging Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and by turning away from my sins. Thank You for giving me forgiveness, eternal life, and hope. In Jesusí name, Amen."
Can people in todayís world have hope?
There is a power capable of giving you hope. The Bible tells us God has that power. "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of every one who believes." (Romans 1:16).
Confess, Repent, Believe, Call
Commitment means to:
Repent=Turn away from sin to follow Godís new direction for your life.
Believe=Trust Jesus as your substitute.
Confess=Acknowledge Jesus as the supreme authority over your life.
Call=Ask Him for forgiveness, eternal life, and hope.
"If you confess with your mouth, ĎJesus is Lord,í and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10).
Faith=Life for God
Publicly confess your faith by being baptized. Read the Bible and pray daily. Tell others what God has done for you.
God still loves us.
Although He is not pleased with us as we are, God loves us and wants to help us. "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
God's power can make us secure
The release of God's power results in change. The biblical word for change is repentance. This means allowing God to change the direction of our lives. "God's kindness leads you toward repentance." (Romans 2:4)
Sin earns death, but God gives life.
Unfortunately, our sin carries the penalty of death, both physical and eternal. God is willing to forgive us by accepting Jesus as our substitute. His death on the cross paid the penalty of our sin. His resurrection from the dead provides our eternal life. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Sin makes change necessary. Godís power can result
A universal problem the Bible calls sin makes change necessary for all of us. Sin means "missing the mark." It is failing to meet Godís standard for how we ought to live. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
You now have hope.
You are a member of Godís family. "ĎThe Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Godís children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory" (Romans 8:16-17).
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).