How to Become a Christian and Live as One

1. Acknowledge Your Need of Salvation:

  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3.23)
  • Behold, all souls are mine; … the soul who sins shall die. (Ezekiel 18.4)
  • It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. (Hebrews 9.27)

2. Repent of Your Personal Sins and Be Born Again:

  • Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28.13)
  • Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out. (Acts 3.19)
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1.9)
  • Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3.7-8)

3. Believe in Jesus Christ as God who Became a Man and Died on the Cross and Rose from the Dead:

  • Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11.6)
  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1.1-5)
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3.16)
  • For I delivered to you as of first importance ... that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15.3-4)
  • Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. (Acts 16.31)

4. Be Baptized:

  • “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2.38)

5. Strive to Obey God’s Law and Continue to Repent of Sin:

  • If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14.15)
  • And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments. (Matthew 19.17)
  • If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. (John 15.10)
  • My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. (1 John 2.1-3)
  • For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5.3)
  • Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24–25)