Your decision about Jesus Christ is the single most important decision that you will ever make. Why do we say that? Well, consider the following statements from the Bible. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me,” and the Apostle John declared, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). If it’s true that Jesus and what He did for us on the cross is the only way to the Heavenly Father and eternal life, it makes your response to Jesus Christ something that will impact your life for eternity. With that in mind, please consider the following key steps to receiving Christ:
- Recognize that you, along with all of the human race, have sinned.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We have all missed the mark of God’s intention for us as individuals. Through our own sins we have contributed to a world that has not loved God with all its heart, soul, and mind. Nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves (Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:27,28).
- Turn from sin to the Forgiver of all sin.
In a sermon by Paul the Apostle he said, “God is now declaring to all men that all everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30). To repent means to turn away from sin to Jesus Christ. Jesus alone has the power to forgive all sins—after first being declared to be God, He is able to forgive the sins committed against God. Being just, He has provided that forgiveness by paying the just penalty (death) for your sins by His death upon the cross.
- By faith, receive Jesus Christ.
When a person admits their need for a restored relationship with God and the forgiveness of their sins, the next logical step is to accept God’s solution. By putting faith in what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross, God applies complete forgiveness and restoration to your life (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Not only that, but Jesus, by His Spirit, causes you to be born again (John 3:5-7). This refers to a new life that enters anyone who accepts Jesus.
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus commanded His first followers to be baptized (immersed) in the Holy Spirit. Today, this is still a vital aspect of our Christian life. The empowering of the Holy Spirit enables a believer to be an effective witness, receive spiritual gifts, and live a life that expresses the fruit of the nature of God. Please take the time to review the following scriptures that will describe a believer’s relationship to the Holy Spirit’s empowering. After doing so, please be open to all God has for you. Review Acts 1:5-8, 2:4, 8:9-17, 9:17-18, 19:2-6; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Galatians 5:22-25
- Begin to follow Jesus.
Not only does Jesus Christ have a solution for our past but also for our future. You will discover that future as you begin to follow in the path of life Jesus has left us in His Word, the Bible (John 8:32, Matthew 16:24).
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and eternal life He brings, we encourage you to do so today. If you make a decision for Christ, please follow that up by beginning to read the New Testament and seek out a good Bible-believing church. If we can be of any help to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Calvary Chapel at 208.321.7440 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have some helpful materials for new Christians that we would be happy to make available to you.