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Becoming a ChristianA Christian isn’t someone who follows a set of rules or guidelines. A Christian isn’t even someone who lives by a set of Christian values, such as kindness or generosity. A Christian is someone who has decided to follow Jesus Christ and because of that decision now has a relationship and connection with God himself.

Every human being on the planet is made in the image of God. We are all his children in a way. However because of the sin problem – everyone made mistakes and done wrong things – because of sin, we couldn’t get close to God. Sin separates us from God, so people and God were effectively strangers, even enemies. However, God loves – really loves – each person so much that 2000 years ago he sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to deal with the sin problem.

When Jesus, who was both the perfect Son of God and the perfect human being, died willingly on the cross, he paid the penalty for all of our sins, for all time, so that our sins could be completely forgiven. Jesus paid for our sins with his sinless lifeblood which he spilled when he died on the cross. The price of our salvation has been paid in full!

Jesus solved the sin problem with his sacrificial death on the cross, so that now we can have a close relationship with God. But Jesus didn’t stay dead when he was crucified. He became alive again within days, and he now offers us a new life  – an eternal and full life with God’s favour and blessing.

If we turn away from our sin (our selfish wrongdoing), and put our complete trust – faith – in Jesus, we receive enduring forgiveness and are drawn into a close relationship with the wonderful, loving, creator God. And his Holy Spirit comes and lives inside us, or with us. Our eternal life starts the moment we accept God’s offer of forgiveness, and it continues forever, even when our bodies die.

Are you ready to make that decision to follow Jesus? It is the most important decision you will ever make and the most rewarding. Are you willing to let go of your sin and live a new life for Jesus?

Becoming a Christian simply involves you really believing and really trusting that Jesus is the Saviour – your Saviour. However many people like to express this faith with a prayer.

Here is a prayer that you could say, or you can adapt the words, or add your own words, to make it more personal.

Father God,

I realise that I have done many things wrong, and that my sin is a barrier between you and me.

I am sorry for the wrongs things that I have thought and said and done, and I ask for your forgiveness.

I place my full trust in Jesus and in his death on the cross, which has solved the problem of my sin.

I now make my decision to follow Jesus and to live in a way that pleases you.

I thank you for your great love and your unending mercy towards me, and that you are always with me.

And I thank you for your Holy Spirit who now lives within me.

Amen (which means truly.)

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