New to Christianity?
New to church? Not sure what being a Christian even means? You are not alone. Asking questions is the perfect place to begin – the more the better! Feel free to ask.
What does it mean to be a Christian?
The word Christian was given to the early followers of Jesus, and the name has ‘stuck’ to this day. Being a Christian is not about keeping rules and regulations, performing rituals, or even going to church. It is not about the common secular perception of being perfect in works or judging others who are not perfect in theirs. Just the opposite. It’s about a relationship – a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said that knowing him is the doorway to a special relationship with God. There isn’t any other way.
How does one become a Christian?
Jesus Christ (who is God-human) came to earth to make it possible for each of us to have a relationship with God. He did this firstly by living a perfectly obedient human life himself, but then dying on a cross for no other reason than to pay the massive debt we owe for all the ways we have offended him by our attitudes and actions.
These offences are so serious they shut us out of contact with God, not only during this life, but forever. Only Jesus’s perfect life, death and resurrection make it possible for us to be forgiven and accepted by God. In effect Jesus swaps his life for ours! Jesus takes on all our sin and dies to pay the death penalty for it. But then as a free gift he gives all his own righteousness to be credited to us instead! That is amazing grace. Jesus’s own sinless life is what has earned us eternal life.
Perhaps this is all so new to you, you want time to think it through; get some questions answered. There are many avenues to gain more understanding – talk to a pastor or elder, chat to a Christian you know, attend a bible study, come along to a Sunday service, read articles (here is a great place to start for trusted resources) or even just start by simply submitting the form below. We can contact you no pressure, and answer any questions you have.
Or maybe you are ready to know God now. If so, you could tell God yourself – saying something like this as a prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for your sinless life and dying on the cross for my sins. I know I am a sinner and want to receive you and trust you as my Saviour and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Please take control of my life now and make me the kind of person you want me to be.”
Whenever anyone expresses that kind of attitude to God – asking Jesus to come into their life and save them – they can be sure he will. Because Jesus promised to do just that and, as God, he would never break a promise.
Some bible verses that show that you can trust the words of this prayer are true, and more about salvation can be found here: Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-18, John 14:6, Romans 8:38-39.
And here is a great collection of articles to read from a trusted source on salvation and what it means: www.ligonier.org/learn/topics/salvation
So what’s next?
For anyone taking this step to follow Jesus, this is just the beginning! They’ll soon find themselves talking to him again – like any friend. That’s prayer. They’ll want to find out more about him from reading the Bible. They’ll be keen to become involved with others in his family – that’s going to a church.