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Becoming a Christian

Becoming a Christian is about accepting God’s gift of love.

When we accept God’s gift of love, we:

  • Believe that God created us and wants to love us
  • Recognise we do things that separate us from God’s love and seek forgiveness
  • Have faith that Jesus has overcome anything that can separate us from God’s love
  • Trust the Spirit to make us more like Jesus
  • Commit our lives to loving and God and loving others

It’s important to say that God’s gift is free – we don’t score points with God. No matter how good we are, we can never earn our salvation or replace what Jesus has done for us.

God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all: everyone has sinned and is far away from God's saving presence. But by the free gift of God's grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.
Romans 3:22-24 (Good News Bible)

If being a good person was enough to put things right between us and God, then Jesus’ death wasn’t needed and was pointless. Repentance and trust is what’s needed in response to the unconditional love of God, which continues to be offered whether we turn to God or not.

We also must remember that just as we can decide to turn to God, we can decide to turn away again – God's gift of free will is never removed and, as humans, we continue to make mistakes. We need to accept God’s gift of love every day.

If you are taking a step to accept God’s gift of love for the first time, you may find saying this prayer* helpful:

Clasped hands in prayer resting on the Bible

Lord Jesus Christ

I am truly sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. Please forgive me. I now turn from everything that I know is wrong.

Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.

Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Holy Spirit.

Please come into my life by your Holy Spirit to be with me for ever.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Amen

* Extract from Why Jesus? By Nicky Gumbel, published by Alpha International 2011.

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