How Do I Become a Christian?

To become a Christian, a man or woman must look to Christ for salvation, trusting that Jesus' death and resurrection will deliver him or her from the curse of sin which has inflitrated every particle of the soul and body. The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:9-10: "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." The gospel message of salvation can be boiled down to 4 main points or 4 points of confession: things people must affirm to be saved. These points follow the flow of the fantastic little book What is the Gospel.

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  • God

    1. God is holy: Isaiah 6:1-3
    2. God is the creator: Colossians 1:16-17; Psalm 8:1-4
    3. God is loving: John 3:16
    4. God is wrathful toward sin: Romans 1:18; Exodus 34:6-7

  • man

    1. Man is made in the image of God: Genesis 1:26-27
    2. Man is a sinner: Romans 3:9-12
    3. Man is dead in his transgressions: Ephesians 2:1-3
    4. Man is in rebellion against God: Isaiah 53:6
    5. Man is separated from God: Isaiah 59:2
    6. Man deserves to die for his sin: Romans 6:23

  • CHrist

    1. Jesus is the only way to God: John 3:16
    2. Jesus died for sin us: Romans 5:6-8
    3. Jesus gives us eternal life: Romans 6:23
    4. Jesus gives us grace: Ephesians 2:4-9
    5. God reconciles us to himself through Jesus: Colossians 1:19-23
    6. Jesus lived a perfect life: 1 Peter 2:22
    7. Jesus came to give us life: John 10:10  

  • Response

    1. We must confess with our mouths and believer in our hearts: Romans 10:9-11
    2. We must repent: Matthew 4:17
    3. We must follow Jesus: John 8:12
    4. We must hear Jesus’s Word: John 5:24-25
    5. We must believe in Jesus’ name: John 1:12.

Key Christian Terms: 

  • The Gospel: The joyful message from God: “The explanation of who God is, the human predicament of sin and lostness, the work of Christ for our salvation, and the response people must make to gain a restored relationship with God.”
  • Sin: “The state of rebellion against God characterized by self-centeredness, unbelief (1 John 3:4).” 
  • Sins: “The symptoms and expressions of (the state of) rebellion and unbelief.” 
  • Repentance: “Turning from a life of unbelief.” 
  • Conversion/Salvation: “Moving from death to life, guilt to pardon.” 
  • Belief: “Complete trust in and reliance upon God and his saving grace through Christ.”