How to Become a Christian

It struck me today, that after publishing over 1800 posts on this WordPress blog, I have yet to produce a post on how one becomes a disciple or follower of Jesus. To be candid, this is embarrassing and I am at a loss for what the heck I have been thinking about. I happened to read an article the Cindy had posted, over at her blog site: https://realchristianwomen.blog/ and I noticed that at the bottom of her post Cindy had added the following:

Do you want to become a Christian? Click this link to learn more: Who Is Jesus?

That is when it struck me. I thought, that’s an excellent idea, but wait a minute . . . where is mine?
So thank you Cindy, and I sincerely mean that.

I found an excellent online post that walks anyone through what is actually involved in “How to Become a Christian” and the link is located here. It covers everything that I would have covered, and the author articulates it much better than I could have. The author is Sue Schlesman and Sue is a contributing writer at crosswalk.com.

The only thing I would add is that whoever prays the prayer that Sue provides, needs to also ask Jesus to direct them to a good Bible believing Church so that they may be edified and assisted by other Christians. I know, these days that can be difficult, but Jesus is thoroughly capable of taking care of that.

And what I would also add is a prayer to our Lord, asking Him to forgive me, for what I should never have overlooked.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

22 comments

  1. As far as I can tell Her post doesn’t really line up with yours concerning God’s love, conditional or unconditional. She seems to advocate Once Saved Always Saved

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    • I didn’t notice that but that really is a secondary issue (at least from my perspective) where Christians may differ on. I just appreciated her overall tone and how she more than adequately covered everything that I would have covered. Thanks for commenting, always appreciated. Blessings!

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  2. The article you referenced brought up an old question of what it takes to be saved. A lot of solid scripture was presented, but in a way that could be confusing.

    In Acts 16:31 the Philippian jailer was told: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    That might be the most concise answer to the question “How do I become a Christian?”, but first we must define “Christian”.

    In 1 Tim 2:15 we are told “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Simply put, a Christian is someone who has been saved from his/her sin.
    The act of “believing” in Jesus makes someone a Christian. The question then becomes: “Believe WHAT?” That I am a sinner and Christ died for MY sins, in MY place. That’s it.

    The article began by saying:

    “Becoming a Christian (or a believer in Jesus Christ) involves a heart decision and a prayer to God. This is not a political alliance or a polarizing religious view. It’s a simple but profound heart decision. If your faith is real—if your heart is seeking Christ and believing on Him—the decision is easy enough to understand. Religion has nothing to do with it. No beads, no penance, no pilgrimage, no money, no service… just a simple prayer of faith.”

    That tells me that I need to make a decision and I must say a prayer to become a Christian. Where in scripture are we told to “make a decision”? We are told to believe. Yes, there are passages that tells us “Believe AND” something (be baptized/confess with your mouth), but does that mean we have to include the AND bit FOR salvation, or is believing itself sufficient?

    When Paul and Silas just told the Philippian jailer to “Believe…”, did they leave something out? IF other things must be added to our belief to be saved, did they misrepresent the gospel?

    It’s an interesting discussion, to say the least.

    I didn’t see anything indicating the author believes in OSAS.

    Different subject: I travelled to Petawawa to represent the 10th SF when they retired the colors of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

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    • Hi Dan, thank you for commenting. Your post at SlimJim’s caught my eye and of course, your military service. I would have to agree that it is not necessarily the perfect intro but it did cover a lot of bases in a flowing and sincere manner. When we are doing a one on one with someone, versus a broad spectrum overview, like this is, in a confined (short) narrative, important aspects can easily be left out. I noted that I would have liked to see a statement that Jesus was God in the flesh. I did appreciate that Sue mentioned the simplicity of the thief on the cross, which one would have to agree, is about as basic as it gets. I tried to put myself back to when I first became a Christian and I had to admit that what I understand now and what I understood then are very different, and that is not always easy to put into words. I know in my own case, God honoured my ill informed quest to find Him and directed me to the right person the very next day. Definitely food for thought. I also agree with you that I did not see anything in Sue’s narrative that indicated she was an advocate of OSAS. Petawawa, ah yes. Did my Senior NCO’s there. Looking forward to learning from you. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours. – Bruce

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      • God brought this prodigal beck when I was a young Special Forces NCO. I never left the community and it was an ‘interesting’ journey! My soteriological opinions have changed over the years also. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance, my Canadian brother!

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  3. Hi again. I agree with her mostly. But she commented that all sins are forgiven past present and in the future. This is the belief that nothing we do can separate us from the love of God. Not sin. Not anything.

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    • I hear you but we are heading into a potential unknown area with regard to sins committed after conversion. If we confess our sins is also applicable. I agree it can be sticky but bear in mind that this is an entry level believer prayer we are talking about. I have a tendency to think that God’s forgiveness depends on us confessing our sins and carrying through with the life time commitment (the intent of our heart), unto to the end and not committing major sins like habitual adultery, stealing, lying etc. Biblical cases can be made for both OSAS and crossing the line and losing one’s salvation. If lip service to God doesn’t cut it (which it doesn’t), I’m pretty sure that leaning on OSAS to cover our habitually giving in to our hearts fleshly desires won’t cut it either, but I don’t know at what point that specifically takes place, only God would. Obviously 1 Corinthians 6:9 would also be applicable. Hence my personal uncertainty with regard to the two different schools of thought, although if I had to make a definitive decision, I would have to go with I do believe that it is possible for a Christian to lose their salvation. Hope this helps.

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      • I don’t know how i missed this Bruce let me add my understanding many people we think we receive so that we go to heaven that’s a religious view.The kingdom view is so that we rule and dominate here on Earth here is the catch we must first rule over our fleshly demands then we rule over the outside world.So Preaching for people to go to heaven is not what Christ preached.
        John came before Christ he said the Kingdom of God is near your there repent…

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      • If you are talking about Dominionism, which I think you are, I am aware of it, I just don’t agree with it. If you are not talking about Dominionism, than perhaps you can explain again. Thanks.

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      • I dont know about Dominionism but what i mean is does it make sense that we just get saved and wait for Jesus s return so that we go to Heaven.

        Check out His mind on this parable
        So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten minas [one apiece, each equal to about a hundred days’ wages] and said to them, ‘Do business [with this] until I return.’

        Luke 19vs 13

        Surely it cannot be just receiving Jesus there is business to be done

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      • Of course there is, there is the Great Commission and teaching etc. Disciples making disciples. Maturing in Christ. But the Kingdom of God is not of this world. We are to be in the world but not of this world. The prayer to become a Christian is just the doorway to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Saviour. If the person sincerely means it, then they will be reborn of the Spirit and this originates from God. Our “business” is the Great Commission with Jesus leading us through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The strengthening and spreading of His Church. This initial prayer does not suggest that it just stops there. It is but the beginning. Hope this clarification helps. Blessings!

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      • Its very clear but what is your understanding we are not of this world and how we ought to navigate on this awareness?I hope you will not misunderstand me i love to engage and discuss about the Word of God with fellow believers

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      • Hi Evidence, no problem, I wasn’t exactly sure what you were getting at in your initial statement to me. With regard to how we should navigate while we are in this world but not of this world; we should be aware of what is going on around us, but at the same time, following the commandments of Jesus such as not repaying evil for evil and looking at things from God’s perspective, rather than our own. Jesus told us what would happen in the end times and not to be fearful, that He had overcome the world. Our primary focus is to be on Jesus and endeavouring to live in accordance with God the Father’s will, which Jesus explained to us when He was here in the flesh. In addition, the mandate He has given us has to do with spreading the good news of the Gospel and building up and defending the Church, the body of believers in Christ. As Christians, that is our PRIMARY focus, what happens in the world is of secondary concern and if we allow fear and resentment to become our primary focus, then I believe in essence, we have shifted our attention from Jesus and are focusing too much on the world. This obviously isn’t easy but this is what all of God’s Word tells us to do. Trust in Him, focus on Jesus because when we let go of that, we accomplish very little, if anything. Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing. Nothing is pretty inclusive. I think this is demonstrated in the Gospels and letters of the New Testament where you do not see local or national governmental concerns being discussed other than to render respect and honour to those in authority over us. In essence, we march to a higher calling or at least we should. Obviously we do not comply with any government mandate that we think violates the expressed will of God. I hope this answers your last question. Blessings.

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      • It depends on what part of Canada that you are in and how Covid19 is being controlled along with the percentage of people who are vaccinated. Here in Nova Scotia our infection rate is relatively low because we have a high vaccination percentage so we are able to go to Church but most still practise common sense precautions such as having been vaccinated, wearing face masks and maintaining a recommended distance from one another whenever possible. Online services are also available for those who do not feel comfortable being in a crowd so that is an added bonus. There are some who believe this is all part of a big conspiracy to control us and they usually do not wish to wear masks or be vaccinated, which in my estimation adds to the problem instead of working towards the common good but getting into arguments solves very little if anything. And of course, the Internet, with all of its misinformation and disinformation doesn’t help any either. Perplexing times for sure. Hope this helps.

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