BECOME A CHRISTIAN
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
When you look more closely at the Bible verse above, you can come to understand the Gospel in just eight words (Gospel means "good news").
- GOD LOVED - God created you and loves you.
- GOD GAVE - God gave His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died on a cross as payment for our mistakes because we cannot make it heaven on our own.
- WE BELIEVE - We believe that Jesus is both LORD and SAVIOR. Jesus is the Son of God, and dying on the cross and rising again on the third day (think Easter) gives us forgiveness of sins and access to God's promises.
- WE LIVE - When we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, we receive eternal life in the future and abundant life in the present. Our lives forever change when we begin a personal relationship with Jesus.
Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Trusting Jesus as the way to God might seem exclusive, but it's actually inclusive to all who want to believe. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, no matter where you were born or the color of your skin, Jesus is the way for you to have a relationship with God. Everybody’s invited. Everybody’s included. Everybody’s important. If you think you’re an exception to the rule, you’re wrong. Jesus loves you. Yes...you.
So how do you actually become a Christian?
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ROMANS 10:9)
Confess with your mouth. Admit that you cannot make it heaven on your own, and repent from your sins (repent means "turn from"). Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord...that God raised him from the dead, and ask God to forgive you. Your relationship with God is begun.
But you’re probably thinking, “Don’t I have to be a better person first?”
No, you don’t. You don’t change in order to gain God’s love, you change because you’ve experienced his love. When you trust Jesus as your Savior, you walk into the fullness of God’s love. Gradually, over time, God’s love changes you as you follow Jesus. God sends the Holy Spirit (John 14:17-18) to help guide you in this life. You change because you’re loved, not in order to be loved. Through His death on the cross, and then coming back from the dead, Jesus took all of your wrong and gave you all of His right.
If you believe that and commit to following Him, your life will never be the same. It’s as simple as repenting of your sin, declaring you want to follow Jesus, and believing He is who He says He is.
Believing in Jesus is the first step on the greatest journey of your life. You haven’t finished the race—you’ve just gotten started.
Have you trusted Jesus with your life? If so, let us know!
READ YOUR BIBLE
So you want to get to know God. But how? Great question. Start praying (talk to God and approach him in Jesus’ name...God hears you...really!). But prayer really comes alive when you pair it with reading your Bible.
What's a good way to read your Bible? Consider the S.O.A.P. Method.
- Scripture - Read a section of the Bible. Can be a few verses, a few chapters, or a particular story from the Bible.
- Observation - Look and Listen for what you read. Write down thoughts, questions, and feelings you have while you're reading.
- Application - Ask yourself, "How does this passage apply to me?" You might see a truth to believe, an attitude to change, or action to take.
- Prayer - Pray to God thanking Him for who He is and what He has done. Then ask God to help you live out what you just read.
Relationships take time to grow. Reading your Bible helps you grow in your relationship with God. If you don't own a Bible or you prefer digital platforms, consider downloading the YouVersion bible app for free for your phone or tablet. Also, stop by our Guest Services on a Sunday to get a free hard copy of the Bible on us. We suggest starting with The Gospel of John.
Then start reading. 10 minutes a day.
Baptism is something Christians have been doing for thousands of years to symbolize their faith in Christ. Like a ring symbolizes a marriage, so does baptism symbolize one's relationship with Jesus. It's a outward profession of a inward belief. At MGC, we practice something called "Believer's Baptism," because we believe baptism is a commitment and a choice of someone who already profess the name of Jesus.
Do you want more information on baptism? Let us know.