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Dayspring at Alton Road Church
Saturday, September 23, 2017

How Do I Become A Christian?

 

Many people believe a Christian is someone who tries to live a good life, one who accepts that there is a God, or one who goes to church. The reality is that none of these makes a person a Christian.

Rather than rely on guesswork, we need to listen to God Himself, Who has spoken on the subject in the Bible. As the one source of knowledge about God, the Bible stands alone.

 

1.   Our Maker and loving Master!

God has spoken about Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible makes clear that Jesus is no ordinary person. He performed many miracles and claimed to be the only Son of God, our Maker, and God in the flesh. Being a Christian centers on our response to this unique figure.

 

2.   Our defiance spells endless trouble.

The Bible says that we have all tried to defy God, doubting His word and preferring our own way. Because of this, our world is full of problems.

God will one day bring to account all who continue to defy Him. Without exception, our sin incurs God’s wrath and puts us under His judgment. Unless…

 

3.   Jesus was punished in our place.

God has acted to remedy the situation. God loves us so much He sent His Son to this planet 2000 years ago. Jesus came to provide the single means of pardon. By His innocent death, Jesus took the punishment we deserved for ignoring God. The Bible puts it like this, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

 

4.   Turn and trust Him!

All this means there is no middle ground. If we continue our rebellion, God gives us what we ask for and deserve. We will stay on that path simply by doing nothing about Christ.

But if we turn back to God, trusting in His rescue and surrendering to His direction, everything changes. God wipes the slate clean. Because of Jesus’ death, he freely and completely forgives. He pours His own Spirit into our hearts. He gives us a new life that stretches past death and into eternity. When we turn and follow Jesus as personal ruler and rescuer, we find ourselves adopted into God’s own family forever.

In summary: "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."  John 3:36

If you would like to know more, or speak to someone about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact me by clicking on my name below.

 

Pastor Earl Shaffer