|† Becoming a Christian
|1. Salvation Begins With God:||Have you felt the "tug" of God on your heart? Becoming a Christian is one of the most important steps you will take in your life on earth. Continue reading to learn what the Bible teaches about becoming a Christian and what it means to be a follower of Christ.
This call to salvation begins with God. He initiates it by wooing or drawing us to come to Him.
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him ..." (NIV)
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in ..." (NIV)
|2. Human Efforts are Futile:||God desires an intimate relationship with us, but we cannot obtain it through our own efforts.
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags..." (NIV)
"...There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (NIV)
|3. Separated by Sin:||We have a problem. Our sin separates us from God, leaving us spiritually empty.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NIV) It is impossible for us to find peace with God through our own efforts. Anything we try to do to obtain God's favor or gain salvation is worthless and futile.
|4. A Gift from God:||Salvation then, is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus, his Son. By laying down his life on the cross, Christ took our place and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin -- death. Jesus is our only way to God.
John 14:6 "Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (NLT)
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (NIV)
|5. Responding to God's Call:||The only thing we must do is respond to God's call.
|† But how do I become a Christian?|