• To become a Christian, a person must first realize that he or she is “lost”–totally estranged from God, separated from God by a sinful nature. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NIV)
  • A person alone cannot reconciled the lost relationship between himself or herself with God. To provide a remedy, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life God demands. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • Although humanity through sin has separated itself from God, the sacrifice of jesus on the cross bridged that gap. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • All God asks is that a man or woman repent of his or her sins, turn from them and accept the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for those sins. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  • God promises in the Bible that anyone who accepts Christ as Savior shall be saved. Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • Baptists believe that a person who accepts Christ as Savior should also follow him in believer’s baptism by immersion and join the fellowship of a church of like-minded believers. Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

“How to Become a Christian” courtesy of the Baptist Standard

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