No matter how good of a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, "No one is righteous—not even one" (Romans 3:10).
The Bible tells us, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" (Romans 5:8). This is good news! God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
The Bible says, "...repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away" (Acts 3:19). The word "repent" means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward him.
Becoming a Christian is not merely believing a creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in..." (Revelation 3:20). If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, tell him that. He is listening. The sample prayer below can give you some guidance. It isn't the words that are important—it's the attitude of your heart.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe your Son, Jesus, died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I believe that you are my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.Tell Somebody!
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.
The Bible teaches that baptism is a first step after making a commitment to Christ. Baptism is a physical act that demonstrates our inward change to follow Jesus and has been practiced from the first day of the church.
Talk with another Jesus-follower and tell them about your decision. Ask them questions about their faith and see if they will go with you to Starting Point. We all need others to walk alongside us and help us grow in our own journey.
Reading God’s word is one of the most important things for you to do. We find that it’s most relevant to start in the Gospels of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Our recommendation is to start with Luke.
As you are reading pray that God will speak to you: “God, today, I pray for your wisdom as I seek Your words for my life.” Read a passage of scripture and ask: “God, what are you saying to me through the verses?”