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Becoming a Christian

One of our priorities as a church is to help people understand Christianity and to help them take that all important step in becoming a Christian.

The bible says that ‘all have fallen short of God’s standard’, (Romans 3:23) which means we are all prone to sin and selfishness. As a consequence many people live with guilt and heartache, as they try to deal with the same old habits, addictions and secret desires.

The bible teaches that sin has messed up the world and people’s individual lives. Many people live in misery and darkness, others try to shrug off the problem and blame others for their failings. The bible says we have become slaves to sin. Apart from the fact that sin has such a hold over us, the bible teaches that God will judge each person for the wrong they have done. The bible says that God is the judge of all the earth. We would be outraged if someone were to seriously hurt a member of our family, if when caught, the judge were to turn a blind eye and just let them off with everything. Likewise, God upholds what is right, which means holding people to account for the wrongs they done.

But here’s the ‘Good News’! Jesus decided to take the punishment for us. The bible says that when Jesus died on the cross, the punishment that meant for for us was laid on him instead.   When we repent before God and put our trust in him… God in his great kindness forgives our sins and and invites us into his family ‘and all who receive him, to those who believe in his  name, he gives the right to become children of God’ (1 John 1:12).  The bible says that ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,  that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16).

When we come into a living relationship with God, Jesus says he lifts the terrible burden of sin from our shoulders. For many people that is a life changing decision.

So how do you become a Christian? Here are five simple steps you could consider:

  1. Recognise that you have sinned and need God’s forgiveness.
  2. Ask God to forgive you of those sins and tell him you’re sorry.
  3. Invite Jesus into your life by making him your Lord and saviour.
  4. Begin to make decisions based on His teaching and example.
  5. Get alongside other Christians by joining a local church and get their help and advice so that you can establish yourself in your new found faith.

If you have decided to take this step, why not drop us as a line, and someone from the church will gladly meet up with you for a coffee and a chat.

Some people prefer to ‘look into’ Christianity before fully committing themselves and we totally respect that. Why not come along to church for a few weeks and get a feel for what we believe and take the opportunity to ask as many question as you wish? Just ask any of the leaders before or after church and we will gladly sit down and do our best to explain our beliefs and answer your questions.