How to Accept Christ As Your Savior
People talk about God and "accepting Christ as your Savior". So, what does the Bible say, and "Why should I accept Christ as my Savior"?
How to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior
The Central theme of the New Testament is God's love for you as an individual. This love was revealed through Christ's coming into the world and living among me, His dying on the cross, and rising from the dead. Through Christ's death God offers you forgiveness for your sins, and through His resurrection the promise of everlasting life. Christ died and rose again for the whole world, but for you to become a Christian is an individual matter.
The only way to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to accept His offer of forgiveness and everlasting life. The following Scripture passages show God's part and yours. Read each verse and believe it, for it is the Word of God speaking to you.
GOD'S LOVE IS REVEALED: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
God loves you and all of mankind. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. He offers you not only an abundant life here and now, but also a life, which is eternal - His very own life.
MAN IS SINFUL: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
The saying, "Well, we are just human - nobody is perfect," is biblically sound. When we acknowledge this truth, we can see our separation from God, for He is holy.
SIN HAS A PENALTY: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
To continue in sin will result in spiritual death, which is separation from God forever. The alternative is to personally receive God's free gift, which is pardon from sin and provision of life everlasting.
CHRIST PAID THE PENALTY: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
You may think you must lead a "good" life and do charitable acts before God will love you. This is not so. God loves you even in your sin. He doesn't like what you are doing. He sent Christ to die in your place and to pay the penalty for your sins so that you can be reconciled to Him.
SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT! "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
Grace means undeserved favor. God graciously offers to you what you could never do for yourself. God's gift to you is FREE. You do not, and cannot, work for a gift. All you need to do is receive it. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you to provide deliverance from your sins and to give you eternal life.
WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST: "To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
When you receive Christ - when you accept what He has done for you - you become a child of God. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your life. Invite Him in. He is waiting to be received into your life.
RECEIVE CHRIST NOW! You can invite Jesus Christ into your life right now by praying to God something like the following:
Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I need Your forgiveness. I believe that Christ died in my place to pay the penalty for my sin and that He rose from the dead. I now ask for forgiveness and invite Jesus Christ to come into my life as my Savior. Thank You for making me Your child. Help me learn to please You in every part of my life.
GOD'S PROMISE FROM HIS WORD: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
If you just now received Christ by calling upon the name of the Lord in prayer, the following took place: your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."), you became a child of God (John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."), you were made an heir to all of God's blessings (Romans 8:16,17 "The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.") and you now possess everlasting life (1 John 5:12,13 "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.")!
You became a Christian the moment you received Christ in your heart. Don't trust your feelings, for they will change. Take God at His Word and believe His promises. Review the above passages whenever doubts arise. You should be able to say with assurance, "I have received Christ. On the authority of God's Word, I have eternal life."
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior through reading these steps, would you kindly call, write or visit our services and let us know what Christ has done in your life so that we can REJOICE with you. May God grant you "all joy and peace in believing."
Tips on how to follow Christ’s Teachings
- If you have accepted Christ as your savior, "for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' You are now a child of God. Just believe what the bible says, and accept what it says practically, as if what it says is exactly what it means.
- Just because you are now a Christian doesn't mean you can wear only white clothes etc. just dress modestly and don't try to attract attention with your clothes.
- Now that you have chosen to accept Christ and receive his forgiveness for your sin, don't take advantage of his forgiveness and commit wrong like watching bad movies, reading porn magazines, etc. Don't beat yourself up if you do sin, remember that we will only be perfect once we get to heaven!
- Christianity may be metaphorically compared to a race. A race to reach the finish line (Heaven) is our ultimate goal, but how we run the race is more important than when we finish the race. We pause to help others along the way (benevolence, and bringing others to Christ), and sometimes stumble on obstacles in the way (our sin, others' sin). Christianity isn't an easy path. It may be easy to 'run the first lap', but the race becomes more difficult as we mature in our faith. Never forget to ask Jesus' help, because we are not alone in the 'race'.
- You can approach God anytime. talk to him as you would with a regular friend. We have direct access to him!
- Plug into a church or a youth group. They will help you know more about God and be closer to him. Don't be too proud by thinking that you can walk with God alone. Christian friends build you up and encourage you, so plug into a church as soon as possible.
- Church does not mean a building. It means, and has from the beginning, a group of people who have accepted Jesus as the One True God meeting in the same place to celebrate what they have and learn from each other how God is working in their lives. This can happen anywhere, at set times, or even spontaneously.
- If your parents don't approve of the church thing, seek the help of the pastor or youth leader of the church you want to go to, or any other church. Technically, you aren't a member of the church yet; you're just seeking the help of a pastor or youth leader.
- Remember that God is the saviour of all mankind, not just white men, or men that have been taught in the ways of a religion. Anyone who accepts Christ as their Savior and leads a good life, as God would have had him live it, will be accepted into heaven joyfully. For ours is a forgiving God, who gave his son for us, to forgive all original sin, and therefore, these children are no less accessible to heaven then the Pope.
A Simple Key
Learn about Jesus and believe that He died, rose from the dead as your Savior and then pray and repent to the one, true God saying: "I am sorry for my sin, all my wrong doing; I want to change, and I truly thank you for everything and that I am now forgiven and saved from the penalty for my sins as a free gift, in Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Now tell others that "There is one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who is Lord and Savior for everyone who believes, repents and follows him:" which should include going to Christian meetings, being baptized as a sign of accepting your new life, praying to God, showing God's love by kindness, forgiving others, making peace, fellow-shipping with believers, and when you sin asking for (and accepting) forgiveness, expecting consequences for some wrongs and going on, all in Christ Jesus' name -- with God as the one, true Judge of all things good or bad.
- Do not expect that this is an easy life. Some example may be found in books like Jesus Freaks, The Hiding Place, Boom, Heavenly Man, or Christian magazines to find out what true faith looks like worldwide.
- Don't ever suppose that God doesn't care about what you do from now on. Always be aware that he doesn't want you to go back and do the sin that you were used to. He has made you a different person so you can live 'above' sin, not fall back into it. Always remember that you will undoubtedly be tempted to sin, but you can pray daily that God will keep you from failing. If you do sin, ask forgiveness from God right away, and ask him to help you not to do it again. If you have wronged someone else, go and apologize, no matter how hard it may be it will always be worth it to make restitution. Again, do not dwell on it, but get back to following Jesus and His example.
- For some people becoming a Christian is an emotional step; for others it is a simple act of trust without emotions. God will save you with or without emotions.
- Do not expect all your family and friends to like the new you, but it is OK, Jesus never said that it would be easy, He just said that it would be the truth.
- The grace of Jesus covers all sins. None of your words or actions can ever keep you from salvation and God's loving embrace. The only exception to this is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, but this only applies to those who are already believers and speak vile words or commit vile acts against the Holy Spirit.
- Aside from this only exception, the grace of Jesus is yours when you believe in Him -- when you commit yourself to Christ.
- Be aware, once you've accepted Christ into your life, that persecution knows no bounds. Now that you understand and feel the love of Jesus, you may become one of Satan's prime targets. Fret not, though, because nothing on earth or in Hell can harm your faith with God daily at your side. Do not worry about it, but rather remember this when you face temptations to sin.
Thing’s You Will Need
- The Bible. In some countries, it is very difficult to obtain a copy of the Bible due to the persecution of Christians or lack of adequate funding or supply. The word of God, as written in the Bible, is the truth necessary for understanding what it means to be a Christian. Owning a copy of the Bible isn't necessary, but having access to the Bible (ie: from the Internet or through verbal communication between others) is essential.
- Other Christians to encourage and guide you. If you don't know any other Christians, praise God for the mission field He has placed you in! You may feel inexperienced, but ask God what He wants to do and then do it. He may ask this of you, and possibly in a specific way, but verify it is truly Him by comparing it with His word (the Bible).