How to become a Christian
If you’re thinking of becoming a Christian, fantastic!
The first piece of great news about becoming a Christian is that God is absolutely overjoyed at your decision to follow Him.
It says so in the Bible: Luke 15:7 reads: “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
The second piece of great news is that it’s fairly simple to do. You don’t have to change the way you dress, the food you eat or the way you wear your hair.
Using whatever words feel most comfortable to you, you just need to tell God that you believe in Him, want to follow Him and ask Him to forgive you for the things you’ve done wrong.
If you’re struggling to know where to start, try this: “Jesus, I believe you are the son of God. I believe you died for me on the cross, please forgive me for my sin. I want to follow you for the rest of my life and trust and follow You as my Lord and Saviour.”
God is absolutely overjoyed at your decision to follow Him! The Bible says “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
If you’ve done that, great!
Once you’ve made the decision to follow God, you will almost certainly have lots of questions and we’re here to help as much as we can.
Everybody has different things they want to ask after deciding to follow Him.
We may not have all the answers but if we can't help, we'll know someone who can! The main thing to know is you're not alone.
If you are a new Christian, or you’re thinking of giving your life to Jesus, please get in touch with us with any questions you have. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Being a Christian is about having a relationship with God and giving your life to Him. You can do that in whichever way suits you. You could start by talking to Him – prayers are just conversations between you and God.
In the book of James, written by Jesus’ brother, God tells us that He wants to hear from us whatever our circumstances. James 5:13 reads: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”
Reading the Bible is another good way to get to know God. You don’t even need to buy a copy – just download the ‘YouVersion’ app onto your phone or tablet and take it from there.
Although we said at the top of the page that being a Christian doesn’t mean changing the way you dress, the food you eat or the way you wear your hair, you will almost certainly find that changes to your life and lifestyle are inevitable.
What those changes might be is impossible to predict – everybody is different and everybody changes at their own speed and in their own different way.
You might find you want to spend more time doing certain things and less time doing others. Everyone is different and everyone has a unique relationship with God!
What we can tell you is that God loves you. His love for you is unlimited and unconditional. That means there is nothing you can do to make God love you any more or any less than He does right now.
The Bible tells us not only that God is love, but that He loves us.
There’s a whole chapter devoted to love (1 Corinthians 13) but possibly the most famous Bible verse of them all, John 3:16, says it best: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 reads: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” while, in Isaiah 41:10, God tells us: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
You might have lots of questions about becoming a Christian – that's completely natural!
i'm not sure.
Why should I become a Christian?
One answer is to do with something the Bible calls sin. In simple terms, sin is when we choose to live for ourselves rather than God. We sin when we ignore God, break His laws and do things our own way. Sin destroys relationships with friends, family and God. What’s worse, the Bible tells us that the penalty for sin is death – separation from God now and forever.
That sounds pretty awful, right? But the great thing is that by becoming a Christian, you are spared all that. The Bible tells that we have died to sin and been made alive again in Jesus. If we sin as a Christian, Jesus will keep forgiving us when we say sorry (as he is the only sin-free man) but you will continue to spend eternity in relationship with God.
Again, we know this from the Bible. John 11:25-26 reads: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
It’s backed up in Romans 6:22-23: “Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Not only did Jesus die for our sin, but three days later He rose again from the dead. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has defeated sin and death and made a way for us to have a brand new life and relationship with God. All we need to do is accept that we have sinned, ask for God’s forgiveness, put our faith in Jesus and decide to live the rest of our lives only for Him. The choice is yours.
Why become a Christian? Many Christians believe that the most compelling reason is because Jesus died on the cross – and three days later rose again from the dead, making a way for us to have a brand new life and relationship with God.