Becoming a Christian
A long, long time ago God created the world (Genesis 1:1). He created man and woman in His image and provided for their every need (Genesis 1-2). This first man and woman were tempted “to be like God” rather than “serve and worship God.” They gave in to this temptation and sinned, thereby breaking fellowship with God and sending creation into a state of “fallenness.”
This fallenness is the common lot of all humanity. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The history of humankind has been the history of God actively seeking reconciliation with us. This fallenness is the reason there is an angst, a sense of emptiness among human beings. As Saint Augustine of the fifth century said, “We are restless until we find our rest in Thee.”
Reconciliation is possible because of the love of God evidenced in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus came into the world to embody God’s mission to the Jewish people and expand that mission to include Gentiles as well. Though he lived a sinless life, he died on the cross for our sins. His resurrection three days later vindicated his mission and opened the door to a new world for all humanity.
You can walk through that door. You can have a new life through Jesus Christ. There are many words the church uses to describe that life - such as being born again, being saved, being redeemed. The important thing is that God can bring about a life-altering change in your life, if you will open your heart to him.
What must you do? The Bible says, “If you confess 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). This means you are willing to let Jesus Christ be your Lord, your guide - your coach, if you will. And you believe what the Bible says about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is true. Allowing Jesus to be your Lord and believing in Jesus as the Lord of life is the means to become a Christian. Such a life leads to fulfillment, joy, and eternal life.
If that is the sincere desire of your heart, you can become a Christian today. If you have questions or would like to discuss this further with one of the ministers at Ardmore Baptist Church, we encourage you to contact us. We would love to sit down and talk with you about this most important decision life has to offer.