Have you felt the touch of the Holy Spirit and the love of God in your life? As you express your faith in Jesus, love your neighbor and love Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be entering the Christian life through faith. Faith is an essential part of your personal life: it's like when you're in a vehicle and you need to trust the driver who is driving 110km/h on a two-way road, with only a seatbelt as protection in the event of a collision. However, faith in God is not even as frightening as this example. If you've decided to become a Christian but don't know exactly what to do, this article will give you a light, teaching you how to receive new life and live in Christ's love.
Becoming a Christian is easy and requires no rite or ceremony. In most evangelical churches, baptism is encouraged as a symbol of their repentance and conversion, in addition to giving thanks for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins. To enter the Catholic or Orthodox church, you need to receive the necessary sacraments and, therefore, you must seek some formal spiritual guidance directly from them. Your new birth will lead you to a personal development in service to your brothers and in life in Christ, as will be discussed below.
Method 1 of 3: Conversion
Step 1. Recognize your need for Jesus
Take a look at the ten commandments for a moment. Have you ever lied? Blasphemed? Stole (even something small)? Have you looked at someone with lewd or adulterous thoughts? In Christianity, we are born with original sin and act like sinners throughout our lives, even after we accept Jesus. As Christ Himself said, "But I say unto you, whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (1 John 3:15). On the day of judgment, you will have to stand before God to give an account of your sins. If you die in sin, God will have to cast you into hell; this is called the second death and occurs through transgression of the law of God.
- However, also note that God sent Jesus to willingly give himself up on the cross. Because of this, if you believe, receive the Holy Spirit and repent of your sins, then you too will be saved and will be able to serve your brothers as if you were serving God Himself.
- As Son of Man, Jesus said: "My Father, if it is possible, pass this cup away from me; however, do not be as I will, but as you will", freely giving Himself as a sacrifice so that you may now repent and be convert, that their sins may be blotted out and times of refreshing may come in the presence of the Lord.
Step 2. Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins
Believe, further, that Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay the price for your sins and reconcile you to God.
Step 3. Express your repentance to God
Simply voice your regret for all you have done against His holiness. This is a good time to admit your personal fault and disobedience to God. After that, believe that Jesus Christ will forgive you. Sincere repentance always expresses itself in a change of life: you turn from sin to Jesus Christ.
Step 4. Express trust in God
Specifically confess your spiritual need and acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Step 5. Study as much as you can about the different Christian denominations
Study about Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Mormon, etc. churches. in order to decide which is closer to what Christ taught, according to his own words in the Bible.
Method 2 of 3: Growth and Obedience
Step 1. Find communities and meet with other Christians
We cannot walk alone in life. It is important that, as a Christian, you find a group of like-minded people who are more experienced and able to offer support. They will be able to help and encourage your new faith and continued trust in God.
Step 2. Get baptized
Through baptism, you enter the Christian community. It's not something you have to do to earn salvation; it is a representation, a sign or symbol of God's work in your life. You might think of baptism as a ritual whereby, in your heart (which is the core of your being), you join Christ in his death and resurrection in the eyes of the beholder. Baptism was described by the apostle Paul thus: "So that we were buried with him through baptism into death; that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also walk in newness of life".
Step 3. Continue your walk
After accepting Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit, fellowship with Him in your daily life by praying, reading the Bible, and following Christ's example.
Step 4. Love Christ and your neighbor with the love Jesus offers you
This reflects the change of your heart. Things reflect your heart, for love is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life.
Step 5. Be honest with God and Jesus
Truly repent of your actions and thoughts, and then seek and accept God's love and plan for your life in order to be saved by divine grace. It's too bad for you not to confess, repent and be saved; if you don't, you will go to hell when you die (and no one wants that to happen). You probably want to see your family and friends in heaven and tell them all about your life. Is not it?
Step 6. Be surprised to understand what Ephesians 2:8-10 says:
"For by grace are ye saved, through faith;.
and this does not come from you, it is the gift of God.
It does not come from works, so that no one can boast;
because we are your doing, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared for us to walk in"
So, if you are saved, live to do good to others, according to the law of God's love…
Step 7. Read the Holy Bible as much as you can
Only then will you begin to understand what you need to do in your walk with the Lord. To become a Christian, you need to grow in Christ:
- You need the Gospel, which is the "good news" of Christ. You disobeyed God's law, but Jesus took your punishment upon Himself, paying for your sins. This is not due to our merit, but strictly by the grace of God. He grants us repentance and faith in his Son to save us from hell.
- Believe in the basic doctrine of Christ's redemptive death and resurrection.
- Repent of your sins and receive Christ as your Lord and Savior.
- Accept the gift of God in your daily walk with Christ: "For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. It is not of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Method 3 of 3: Two Simple Secrets
Step 1. Learn more about Jesus and believe that He died and rose from the dead as your Savior
So, pray to the true God, repenting. Here's an excerpt to get inspired: "My God and Father, I repent of my sins, of everything I've done wrong. I want to change and I'm truly grateful for everything you've done for me. I believe in Your forgiveness and I know I will be saved from the penalty for my sins through Your grace. Please create a new life in me. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Ghost, in Jesus' name. Amen."
Step 2. Walk in love
Follow the teachings of Christ and tell others that "there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5), the Son of God, who is Lord and Savior over all he who believes, repents and follows Him. Yes, you must follow Him and thus walk in the Spirit:
Following Christ includes going to mass or church services; to meet with people of the same faith; to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as a sign of acceptance of his new life; pray to God; read the Bible and show God's love by being kind, forgiving others, promoting peace and having a faithful and tender relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Likewise, you should not live on impulse; you must not judge anyone, not even yourself. You must walk in the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit of God, in faith, hope and charity. So, live in the Spirit and no one will be able to take you out of the arms of the Father and Christ. That's right. When you commit a sin, wait for the consequences and ask the Lord for forgiveness so that you can continue living as a child of God, in Jesus' name. Remember that God is the only true judge of both good and bad things. God's love is perfect and there is no fear in it.
- If you know English, read and be inspired by these examples of God's work in the lives of people who became Christians and received miracles and healings. This will help you believe in what God can do for you.
- Learn the difference between Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.
- Remember that God is always available. You can talk to Him at any time through prayer.
- It can be helpful to talk to a Christian. Choose someone you respect for their integrity and knowledge as a Christian.
- If someone hurts you, don't retaliate. After all, in the times the Lord Himself was accused (without having done anything wrong, for He is Holy), He didn't retaliate or even get angry. Follow His example.
- God does not lie or make mistakes. Never think that He did something wrong or bad. He knows exactly what He's doing and all His plans for you are good, just walk in the straight and narrow path He sets before you.
- Remember that God loves you no matter what.
- For all true Christians, Christianity is not just a religion of worship of the divine. It is a personal relationship with Jesus, the only mediator between God and man, with the Spirit of the Lord, friend and comforter, dwelling in you and you in Christ (for Jesus promised he would never leave his own).
- Don't curse. This is not a necessary habit.
- Remember, it's not all just prayer. After your repentance, you will be able to receive the Holy Spirit and be able to live a Christ-like life.
- Despite the problems Christians may experience, you will also experience a lot of forgiveness, grace, healing and miracles, including the miracle of salvation and eternal life. Jesus promised help in tribulations, so thank God for life and eternal hope in Him. Never give up fighting!
- If you feel the need to change your life and the desire to free yourself from the oppression of your sins by learning to have a better life without the burden of your past, visit a Christian church and take a look at the following verse from the Bible, by John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." This means that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear the burden of our sins and set us free through our faith and trust in Him.
- There are several denominations of Christianity that have different approaches to Christian doctrines. Look for a church whose teachings come from the Bible and the early church fathers (the apostles), not from their own personal interpretations of what the Holy Bible teaches (or from the traditions of a particular denomination). Find books based on biblical Scriptures on doctrines that interest you and study the writings of the "early church" (the Bible) as well as the history of Christianity.
- Be faithful in your testimony of Christ. Every Christian should preach the gospel, both in word and in deed, but do it with kindness and respect. Christ did not preach what people wanted to hear. If you had done this, our Lord would not have been crucified. People will be offended, but if that happens, it may be because of an unfair or hypocritical attitude on your part.
- Remember that all human beings are incomplete and sinful people. When you sin, repent of your sins.
- You need to repent of your sins. Without true repentance, you cannot become a Christian. Therefore, sincerely confess your sins to Christ.
- Although many may try to persuade you that once you become a Christian, everything will be better (your marriage will recover, you won't get sick, all your problems will be resolved, etc.), don't believe it! This simply is not true. Jesus said that people will hate Him just as they hated Him (Matthew 24:9). They may laugh and make fun of you, they may even chase you, but don't let that put you off. This life is fleeting and great will be your reward (reward) in heaven.
- It is you who decides to receive Jesus or not and become a Christian. But be aware that not everyone who considers himself a Christian believes the things said in the Bible or this article. Many do not believe in the deity of Christ, hell or original sin, but continue to call themselves Christians as a form of religiosity even though they deny the Truth. The most important thing about the Christian life is to believe in the lifestyle Jesus preached and follow his teachings. Jesus taught that we must believe that God is real, omnipotent and judge, so to live as Christians according to the teachings of Christ, we must believe in God and in Jesus too.
- The Apocalypse is the last book in the Bible and is very interesting to read, but jumping right into it can be frightening, as well as sending the reader a wrong message that may seem like a kind of mysticism, not faith. Make sure you understand the context of the Gospel well before reading this complicated book of the Bible.
- There are many people who are not Christians, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends with them. Be an example to them by adopting a Christlike attitude. Although Christ sat and fed sinners, through his teachings He made them into saints. We all make mistakes. Remember everything you've done and forgive as God forgave you.
- Keep a journal to write about your experiences with God in everyday life. For example, keep a prayer journal, keeping a record of your prayers and the results achieved with them.
- Don't try to do anything to gain your entrance to heaven, for salvation does not come by works (Ephesians 2:9). "All our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Imagine trying to clean and purify yourself with filthy rags.