Becoming a believer in Jesus Christ involved a heart decision and a prayer to God. This is not a political alliance or a polarizing religious view. It’s a simple but profound heart decision. If your faith is real- if your heart is seeking Jesus and believing in Him- the decision is easy enough to understand. Religion has nothing to do with it. No beads, no penance, no pilgrimage, no money, no, service… Just a simple prayer of faith.
Religion and its jargon have complicated faith in God. Believers who have behaved poorly, as their natural selves rather than their transformed selves (Romans 2:1-2) mar the term believer and confuse non-believers over their beliefs and lifestyle that the Bible prioritizes. With confusing traditions, denominational distinctions, and horrific history, religion as an institution often blocks thermoset profound decision than any of us could ever make: should I become a believer or not? And if I should, how do I do it.
Below are several common questions and answers regarding how to become a believer (a Christian ) through salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.
How do I become a believer?
You’re not the only one to ask this. In the Bible when the Philippian jailer asks Apostle Paul this question (Acts 16:30-31), Paul answered, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Those who confess with their mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead, will be saved. For it is with the heart that their you believe and are justified, and it is with the mouth that you confess and are saved.
Becoming a believer is a change of heart and belief. It’s a step of faith, accepting what the Bible was about God and Jesus as true and real. Faith is a transference of dependence on yourself to dependence on God. Therefore, the goal of the “gospel” the good news about Jesus Christ in Mark 16:15 is entering into faith and dependence on God alone for this life and the next. “Being saved” is simply believing in Jesus and accepting Him.
Is there a process to becoming a believer?
Based on Jesus’ conversation with the thief hanging on the cross next to Him, no formulaic request needs to be made ( Luke 23:42-43). The thief asked Jesus to remember him, and Jesus said they would share eternity in heaven. It was that simple. Yet the other thief ridiculous Jesus’s powerlessness to save Himself; while the repentant thief acknowledges his guilt, the justice of his punishment, and the power and deity of Jesus. A process had occurred in one thief’s heart and not the other.
What do I actually do to be saved? 3 Steps to become a believer
Maybe it’s the prayer itself that complicates your faith decision. If you’ve never prayed or if your religious tradition incorporated memorizing prayers for worship, you might struggle over what to say without a script in front of you. Like the Gospel Hand or the Roman’s Road, a simple pattern called the ABCs of salvation could help you organize your thought about this action of praying. Salvation is a term describing the process of God saving your soul (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Although there are some variances between organizations over the ABCs of Salvation, here is a simple process to accepting Jesus as Savior.
- A- Admit that you’re a sinner. (Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23)
- B- Believe that Jesus is God’s son, that He died for you, and that His death can save your soul (John;3:16, Romans
Are my sins too bad for God to accept me?
The apostle Paul claimed salvation, even while he called himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1;15). John explained the God loved the world to such a extent that He was willing to let His Son die in our place (John 3:16). The beauty of salvation and forgiveness is that God separates us from our sins “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103;12). There is only one bridge between a Holy God and sinful people; Jesus (1 Timothy 2-5). That, in itself, simple, loving, and astounding.
Do you wonder what words to say?
Understand that prayer is a conversation between you and God. Express yourself and your thoughts and fears to God however you want. He will hear you and respond to you because He loves you (Psalm 116; 1). Here is a simple example for you to follow. Or you can personalize it.
Dear God, I understand that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, so I could be in a relationship with You, and go to heaven. I’m sorry for living a life without You at the center. Please forgive me for all my sins. I want to follow You for the rest of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
The salvation decision is the most important prayer you will ever say. It will define you entire life; you will never be the same. You will have purpose for living and a person to live for. You will experience new life on this earth and new life for eternity.