Becoming a Christian

Becoming a Christian is a lifelong process. For each person it will look different. However, there are
aspects of Christianity that are very necessary for every follower of Jesus:

Salvation

Our number one value at The Light House is that every person would have an intimate relationship
with God. There are different terms that have been used to describe this experience of coming to
know Jesus as your own personal Savior and Lord. We like the term Salvation it describes God’s
saving grace and the power of His love to rescue, renew and restore mankind into His family.

This relationship with God is not about checking a box, or saying a once-off prayer. It is about
beginning a journey of walking with God through life, hearing His voice, knowing His presence, and
being secure in His promises.

God has provided a way of salvation for us that prepares the way for us to begin a life-long eternal
journey of knowing Him.

The following is a way of explaining salvation through Scripture verse from the Book of Romans in
the New Testament. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how
God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvatio• Who is good? Romans 3:10: “There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Who has sinned? Romans 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Where sin came from. Romans 5:12: “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death
through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned.”
The price of sin. Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Who paid the price? Romans 5:8: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The only way out. Romans 10:9-10: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be be saved. For with the
heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

You may have a few questions after reading these verses. Hopefully, this next section will
explain these verses further to you:

  1. What is sin? It is a choice to live independent of God and His love. To do your own
    thing.
  2. Who has sinned? All have sinned. None of us have lived consistently from a place of
    love. We have been selfish. We have lusted. We have lied. We have been angry. Every
    time we have made one of those choices, we have hurt others and ourselves and God.
    When that happens, justice is required for our actions. The penalty for sin is death. We
    will all die a natural death, which is one of the consequences of sin, but the Bible also
    speaks to us about the afterlife, heaven, and hell.
  3. If God is love, how could He send anyone to hell? He doesn’t. Hell is a terrible place
    because God does not exist there. Despite all the evil that exists in this world, God is still
    present and at work all around us. Hell is the place where sin and the fullness of its
    consequences dwells. Despite some people’s attitude, it is no party. The results of sin we
    see to some extent now. Hate, fear, rejection, insecurity, depression, pain, disease,
    poverty, and the list goes on. In hell, these consequences and more will be the eternal
    reality for those who are there. The choice presented to us is not so much where do we
    want to go, but who do we want to be with. If you desire to be restored to relationship
    with God, Jesus has made provision for our sins, and with Him we will be for all eternity.
    We must believe in who Jesus is and the work that He did at the cross and receive it for
    ourselves. In God’s eyes, we then stand before Him righteous because of the sacrifice
    Jesus made. If we do not desire to be restored to relationship with God, then we die in
    our sins, and live eternally with the consequences.

There is even better news for those who become Christians! That gift of eternal life can
start right now (John 17:3). When we surrender our lives to Jesus, all of our problems do
not just go away, but we start to learn that we can have love, joy, and peace in the midst
of our problems because Jesus is with us, and in us. He gives us a new heart! This
process we are talking about is called repentance. Repentance is not only the act of us
surrendering our lives to God initially, but also something we must do daily. The word                                      repentance simply means, “To change your thinking.” To think God’s thoughts instead of
your own thoughts. To think life instead of death. To think love instead of hate. Many are
familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. One line states: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.” This line is all about repentance. God’s reality becoming our
reality. Confessing Jesus as Lord and asking Him to forgive our sins is just the beginning
of the wonderful journey ahead when you become a Christian.

Would You Like To Start A Relationship With God?

If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God
that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you.
Only faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ can provide salvation!

“God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment, and I am sorry for having grieved you and others, But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness and the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

If you just prayed this prayer, or have recently just begun this walk of faith and trust in Jesus as
your Lord and Saviour, we would really like to encourage you to begin by talking to God in prayer
regularly throughout your day and to read the Bible, which is God’s Word of direction for life. You
have made the first step of walking with God. God wants to you to now grow in relationship with
Him and more and more into the person that He has created you to be.

Community

One Biblical term we use to describe being a follower of Jesus is to be His disciple. Discipleship
is the process in which we grow closer to God, often through intimate relationships with
other disciples of Jesus, while making Him known to others. When we live like this, we
believe we are living out what Jesus had in mind when He instituted the Church. God’s family
intent on living out His mission on earth. It is really difficult, if not near impossible, to be a
follower of Jesus and go-at-it alone. To follow Jesus is to be part of His family, to invest what God
has given you into others, and to allow others to invest in you, as we grow together in our
relationship with Jesus.

At The Light House, we desire facilitate discipleship-oriented relationships, and we also encourage
everyone who considers themselves to be a follower of Jesus to seek out these types of
relationships within a local Church.

Baptism

When we begin following Jesus, we identify with His death, burial, and resurrection in baptism.
Baptism is a public declaration that we belong to the family of God. Jesus led by example; He was
baptized in water (Matthew 3:13-17). We would strongly recommend that in your journey, read
what the Bible has to say about Baptism, and discuss it with those who are leaders of the local
Church that you are involved in.