Here are the steps that you need to follow to become a Christian:
- Realize that you are “lost” – totally estranged from God and separated from God by a sinful nature. (Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.)
- Acknowledge that sin deserves punishment. (Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)
- Acknowledge that Jesus took the punishment for your sins by dying on the cross. (Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrated his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)
- Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and come into your life. (Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.)
The way we communicate with God is through prayer. You can use the following prayer as your own or pray one that contains these elements:
“Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner. I recognize that I deserve punishment. I also know that you died for my sins and that you were raised from the dead. I turn from self and sin and trust You to be my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life and help me to be the person that you want me to be. Save me now and save me forever. Thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer and saving my soul. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
God promises in the Bible that anyone who accepts Jesus as Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.) If you prayed the above suggested prayer and meant it, you can be assured that God has saved you. The Bible offers many other words of assurance about your salvation. One of the clearest descriptions of that assurance can be found in 1 John 5:11-13 – And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.