Becoming a Christian

What is a Christian?
Christians are a rather large group of people who believe that Jesus is God's Son, and he came to our planet so we could see what God is like. The life of Jesus on earth was an example for us, and his death paves the way to bring us into God's family.

The Bible has several pictures of what it means to become a Christian. For some, the change is so radical, it is like being born all over again. For everyone it is a reconciliation. We were made to live as friends of God, pleasing him by doing what he wants. We need reconciling because, instead of doing what he wants, our inclination is to live self-centred lives. It is not just that we are wayward in what we have done, it is who we are that is faulty. Faulty individuals make for a faulty society. We read about what results in the papers every day.

How do I become a Christian?
God calls for a U-turn. He asks us to put our trust in Him, and to believe that through Jesus we can be forgiven, given a clean slate, and have a whole new start. It is simply a matter of us putting our lives totally into God's hands. If God had a plan for all people everywhere, it would have to be simple. And simple it is, but profound. It is totally dependent on God's favour toward us who don't deserve it. We don't do anything except trust him. Christians say that it is the most wonderful thing that a person can do.

If you would like to become a Christian you can do it now by talking to God. The exact words don't matter, it's not a matter of reciting a formula but entering a relationship. You could say something like this:

"God, here I am, and I could use a new beginning. I know that I haven't been living to please you, but I want to now. Thank you for sending Jesus into our world to die for me. I trust him to forgive me. I now want to give him first place in my life and to live for him."

Talking to God like that is powerful stuff! When done sincerely, it makes you a son or daughter of God. It makes you a new Christian. Of course that is just the beginning, as a new Christian you need to grow. The best way to do that is to get in touch with other Christians or start attending a church like WCB where you can meet other people who have taken a similar step to you. And you don't need to wait until you've taken that step to attend. Just come as you are.

If you have prayed this prayer or would like to talk to someone from the church, click on this email link and send Suzanna, our Office Manager, an email message, or speak to her on 06 345 3557. She will be able to put you in touch with a church leader who would love to talk to you more about the Christian faith and what our church can offer.