Becoming a Christian

            Placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone as your personal Lord and Savior is the most important decision you will ever make! If you have never entered into a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus, or if you would like more information on what that means, please allow us the privilege of sharing Him with you. If you have any questions, Pastor Matt or one of our elders would be delighted to talk with you. 

            Below is a summary of some basic truths that are helpful to know when it comes to understanding what it means to become a Christian.  This is not a summary of our beliefs.  If you want to see what we believe, please go to ((AT THIS POINT, LINK TO WHAT WE BELIEVE ON OUR WEBSITE)).  Below is a summary of some basic truths related to becoming a Christian.  [Note: God is neither male nor female, but we have used the traditional masculine pronoun in reference to God for ease of reading.]


  • God created all that exists, and He created you and me. (Genesis 1:1, Psalms 100:3)
  • God loves us deeply and desires for us to be in fellowship with Him. (Genesis 1:27, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9)
  • God is perfect, holy and just. While God is love, God must also punish evil, removing it from His presence. (Romans 1:18, Romans 6:23a, 1 John 4:8)


  • We were created in God's image to have a relationship with Him. (Genesis 1:27, Revelation 21:3)
  • We all have rebelled (sinned) and turned away from God. (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23)
  • Our disobedience to God and His right ways for life (sin) has separated us from God. (Isaiah 59:2)
  • The penalty for our sin is death (physical and spiritual). (Romans 6:23)
  • By ourselves, we are not able to pay for our sin and have our relationship with God restored.  We cannot save ourselves from the judgment we rightly deserve.  (Romans 3:10-18, Romans 3:23, )


  • God became a human being in the person of Jesus to restore our life and fellowship with Him. Jesus walked the earth as a Jewish man in the first century A.D. (John 1:14, Colossians 1:19-20, Luke 3:1)
  • Jesus Christ, who lived a life without sin, died on the cross to take the punishment for our rebellion against God. Only through his sacrifice can we be forgiven for our sins because only Jesus is qualified to forgive. (Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:8)
  • Jesus rose from the dead, in order to prove His claims and as a witness that those who believe in Him will also be raised to eternal life with God. ( Romans 1:4, Acts 17:31, Colossians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 6:5)

My Response: What one must do

  • I must admit the truth that I am a sinner, confess my sin and repent (turn away from my life of rebellion) (Matthew 4:17, Isaiah 55:7)
  • I must believe Jesus is God’s Son, and believe what God has done for me in Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-13)
  • I must personally receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and accept a loving relationship with Him. (Revelation 3:20)
  • When I begin my new relationship with Jesus Christ, I also gain a new relationship with other believers. Part of this new life means that I am baptized into the Christian community and enjoy a new level of fellowship with the "family" of God, the Church. (Acts 2:38-47, Mark 3:35)

Cost to Me

  • Nothing! My salvation has been paid for by another, Jesus who alone is able to save because He was and is God the Son. There is no cost to me. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • And everything! Becoming a Christian means Jesus is Lord of my life and I will grow to desire to follow Him more and more closely, living my life His way. (Romans 12:1-2)

Cost to God

  • It cost God dearly in the Father sending the Son to die and in Jesus, the Son, giving up His life on the cross and taking on the sins of the world. (John 3:16, John 1:29, Colossians 2:14)


A shorter summary on how to become a Christian, one that includes some of the above information, is called “The ABCs Of Becoming A Christian”.  You find it below: 


  1. Admit that you are a sinner, that your sin separates you from God, and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself!


Romans 3:23 “For all of us have sinned and all of us have fallen

short of the glory of God”


Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death (Spiritual and Physical)”


  1. Believe that Jesus Christ is God, that he died on the cross to forgive you of your sins and that He rose from t he dead to give you eternal life!


John 14:6 “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one

can come to God the Father except through Me.’”


Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated His love for us in that while we    

were still sinners in rebellion against God, Jesus Christ died for us.”


  1. Commit your life to Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life!


Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”


John 1:12 “But as many as receive Jesus Christ, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to all those who believe in His name!”


If you desire to become a child of God by confessing faith in Jesus, we invite you to pray the following prayer. Using the exact words is not important but the faith and sincerity in your heart is:


“Dear God, thank You for loving me so much that You want me to become Your child.  I humbly admit that I am a sinner, that my sin separates me from You and that there is nothing I can do to save myself.  I believe that Jesus is God the Son who died on the cross to forgive me of my sins and that He rose from the dead to give me eternal life.  I ask for the forgiveness Jesus made possible and I commit my life to Jesus as the Leader of my life.  Thank you for saving me today and for making me a part of Your family.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


If you prayed this prayer today, please e-mail or call us here at First Presbyterian Church and let us know so we can pray for you and encourage you on your journey of faith.


God Bless You!


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