1. Get saved. To be saved is to accept Christ into your heart as the one and only savior. It is to know and believe that he died on the cross for your sins and to believe that he will "come again in glory to judge the living and the dead". If you truly believe that this is so and pray to God and say that you will be his true follower, then you will be saved. Many experiences have happened to people who have been saved. Several encounter a tingly sensation. Some get a great burst of energy, ready to jump up and serve Him willingly. Others simply get a satisfying feeling. Whatever you feel, you know that you are saved and that He is with you. For more direct information on how to be saved, email us at saved atGreaterNewHope@ilovejesus.net. For John 3:16-17 says, "For 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
2. Find a church. A church is more than just
a building in which members of the same fellowship come to worship together.
The first thing you need consider is what kind of church to go to. The
most important thing on finding a church is to pray to God for Him to help
you in this. Denomination is usually not as important as following God's
words correctly. For much better information on how to find a church, click
How to Find a Church.
3. Pray every day. This may seem to be a big
job, but praying every day can really help your Christian experience. Pray
to God about your troubles, your fears, your needs, and other things. If
something terrible is happening, ask him to help. And always ask him to
forgive you of your sins. Remember, everyone sins, and you need to confess
your sins daily. Pray to God for help to stop sinning and He will help you.
He will always give you at least one, if not many different ways to avoid a
sinful situation. Always thank God for what you have in your life. It is
very important to pray. Matthew 6 has a lot on the subject and what Jesus
said about it: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen
by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But
when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,
who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will
reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they
think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them,
for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:5-8. Mark
14:38 says "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The
spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Thus you should pray for all these
things. A more in-depth study on prayer can be found by clicking Prayer
4. Read the bible a lot. Reading the
bible is a very important part of being a Christian. If you don't have one,
I suggest you get one from your local book store. I recommend an NIV (New
International Version) because they are easier to understand. Some bibles
even have study guides to help you read. Some bibles you buy have a bible
verse for each day of the year. After you read, pray to God to thank him for
this ability to learn his Word, and focus on the point of the passage. There
are many good passages out there, especially in the New Testament, and you
can find them. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is
useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness"
5. Attend a Youth Group or Adult Bible Study. This will help you enormously. Being with other Christians and talking
with them about God is one of the major things that can help you. You can
share your worries or prayer requests with them. Plus, you are learning from
God's word. Ask your church leader about one of these programs. Most
churches have them. Ephesians 5:30 says "For we are members of his body."
Thus, we should have fellowship together.
6. Give yourself to God. When you are saved,
you are pledging yourself to God, but there is still one step to make. Pray
to God and ask to give your life to him. Now, this may sound like you will
be a slave, but giving yourself is one of the greatest things to happen to
someone. Think for a minute. Do you actually think that you, in your
"infinite" wisdom can actually lead a better life than God will with yours.
God won't waste you. He created you with a plan in mind. When you give your
life to God, look for a sign. He is trying to tell you what he wants you to
do. He is going to use your puny talents to make a work of art for him. A
very important verse for this is:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8
Even if you think you have none of these talents, God will still find
something for you to do that is very important. And it won't ruin your life.
You will have a much more fruitful and happy life with God that on your own.
Being saved is being rescued by Jesus and accepting him into your heart as your personal savior, not just some far-off deity in another world, but as your personal savior. If you are saved, your life will change dramatically to shape it to serve Jesus and to help others become saved. You will understand God's word much easier, you will be kinder and different on the outside and on the inside as well, and best of all, you will have a reserved place in Heaven. There are a few steps of what you must do to become saved. In each one of these steps you must be very sincere about what it says, you must believe it not only intellectually, but in your heart. The path I'm leading you down towards Jesus is known as the
It is called the Roman's Road because all of the verses come from the book of Romans. Alright, here come the steps.
1. We are sinners. You must know and believe that you are a sinner, you sin daily, and you can't save yourself. The only person who can save you is Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has saved the world and given us a place in his Holy Place. If you truly believe that you are a sinner, go on to the next step. If not, stay with me for a minute. Don't think you are a sinner? Or just don't think everybody sins. Well, every single human being has sinned thousands of times in his or her lifetime. Even a newborn baby has sin, for we are born with it. In Romans 3:23, the Bible says,
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
And remember all of the 10 commandments, plus Jesus's 11th and 12th. If you have ever lied, cheated, stole, looked at woman in a longing or lustful way, become obsessed with money or posessions, said such things as "Oh my God!" or "God, she is ugly!", disobeyed your parents, murdered (if you have, please go see the authorities about it), or been mean to your brothers, sisters, neighbors, etc. (this is Jesus's 11th commandment, to "Love your neighbor", then you have sinned. Even if you haven't done any of these things EVER (uh huh, you just broke the 9th commandment, never to lie), then you are still a sinner because of Adam and Eve, who brought sin into the world and cursed mankind with it. Trust me, you're a sinner, I'm a sinner, your father's uncle's cousin's wife is a sinner. Alright, end of the first step.
2. Jesus died for your sins on the cross on Good Friday and He rose again on the 3rd day, which we call Easter Sunday, and he did this all for your sins and the sins of mankind. This is the most important thing. Jesus didn't die in vain! He died for our sins! Because of Jesus Christ our Lord, we have been saved and can go to Heaven. He has forgiven us! Do you realize what a joy this is! This is the Good News! Romans 5:8 says,
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
And the Good News verse, my favorite verse in the entire bible: John 3:16 says,
"For 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."
Jesus has saved us in this! You have to believe this to be saved. If you believe, next verse for ya. If not, listen to the proof that the Bible tells us. If you do not believe in the dying for our sins part, read up a couple lines to the two bolded verses and stop skipping paragraphs. If you don't believe he rose again, listen to this.Jesus Christ, was resurrected and moved the large rock away from his tomb (John 20:1). He appeared to two disciples (Luke 24:13-31), the apostles (Luke 24:36-45, John 20-21), Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18), several other women (Matthew 28:8-10), some 500 in Galilee (1 Corinthians 15:6), James (1 Corinthians 15:7), Paul (Acts 9:3-6), Stephen (Acts 7:55), and John of course (Revelation 1:10-18). You better believe it now, for over 500 people saw it and believed it, and you should, too. Go on to the 3rd and final step.
Call upon Christ to save you! This is the final step of becoming one of God's chosen ones, a real
Christian. You must pray to Jesus and tell Him what's in your heart. You
must tell Him about your two decisions/beliefs, in both step 1 and 2. This
is the most important part. After that, you should pray what's in your
heart: what you are feeling, whether you are scared or not, etc. Don't
worry! You will find what you want to say in your heart! There are no
prescribed scripts or lines. Just pray what's in your heart, and Jesus will
save you. Romans
"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
It goes without
saying that every believer should have a church home where they attend
regularly. If you are not a part of such a fellowship, the following advice
will be invaluable to your search.
1. Look for a church
prayerfully. As is the case with all others
aspects of a Christianís decisions, you should begin your search for a
church by seeking the Lordís direction. The Bible promises, "In all your
ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:6).
2. Search for prospects. You might look for listings in the newspaper or in the yellow pages. Always
seek the congregation which is evangelical and Bible-based. A referral from
a trusted Christian friend is the most frequent way people are introduced to
a church. A visit or two is helpful, but there is no way to fully evaluate a
church without attending most services for a month or so.
3. Keep in mind that youíre
looking for a fellowship of believers. A
church is not a building, nor is it merely a ministry, it is the body of
Christ. So seek people who love the Lord and who love each other -- people
that will love you and people to whom you can give your love.
4. Look for the church that
preaches the Word of God. -- Seek the
fellowship that has sound doctrine, proclaims the Word, and sincerely lifts
up the Lord Jesus Christ in worship and in all they do. Much of this can be
discovered by observation, but most fellowships have a printed statement of
their doctrines they will provide to you upon request. For clarity, you can
speak with the pastor or leadership about their beliefs or practices.
5. Look for a church that has
good character. Seek a loving, peaceful,
stable church which has a pastor devoted to godliness, prayer and the word,
which are more important than his eloquence, education or charisma.
6. Look for a church that
will help draw you closer to Christ. It might
be nice to find a church where the music is flawless, where the seats are
padded and the minister dismisses promptly at noon. But more importantly,
you need a church that cares about you and who will help meet your spiritual
needs -- that will inspire you to grow in Christ, and will motivate you
toward the aspirations of God. You need a church whose preaching and
teaching will not merely appease or entertain you, but will boldly challenge
you to advance beyond your comfort zones to live toward Godís high ideals.
7. Look for a church where
you can become committed. In many ways, your
relationship with the church is similar to a marriage -- you canít get any
more out of it than what you put into it. The only church in which you will
ever grow and mature spiritually is the fellowship where you will commit
yourself and get involved -- where the people submit themselves to God and
to each other -- where they will both encourage you and hold you
8. Seek that fellowship that
is attempting to reach lost souls. Find the
fellowship that is seeking to bring lives to Christ, both in their community
and on foreign mission fields. Such a church understands its purpose and
will provide a healthy environment in which to grow.
9. Look for a church where
you can contribute. Iíve often heard the
comparison made between a church and a restaurant -- a place where you get
served a meal. But actually, the church is more like a pot luck dinner. What
you bring with you to church is added to the content of the meal. Your
contribution to the gathering helps to make it what it is. Therefore, seek
the church where you can roll up your sleeves and help them to minister to
others. Donít look for a church that will only "serve you," but look for a
church in which you can "serve." Always remember, a church is the
combination of what its people are. So if you want your church to be the
best it can be, you must be the best you can be. A church can never rise
above what itís individual members are.
10. Be ready to accept the
individuality of a church. Frequently people
look for a church like the one in which they got saved, or like one they see
on TV. But this is futile, because even though a church might have the same
beliefs or similarities as another, every church is distinct and different
in its personality, just like people are. Always use the Bible as the
standard to measure a church -- not other churches.
11. Look for a church with
reasonable expectations. Donít bother looking
for a perfect church, because there arenít any. In every church you will
find people who are wonderful and some who arenít. Jesus taught that it was
common for weeds to be found growing together with the crops (Matt.
13:24-30). Also, in every church, youíll find some things done well, and
others that are not. Donít worry about finding a perfect pastor, either.
Trust me, theyíre all human and will make mistakes. But look for a pastor
who is sincere, who is trying his best to live a godly moral life, and who
is proclaiming the uncompromised Word of God. In short, be content with the
church that is doing the best they can.
There are many good churches in your community. Trust the Lord to guide you to the fellowship where he wants you, and become faithful there. Donít be a church hopper -- bouncing around to one church after another each week. God wants you to be submitted to the accountability of spiritual leaders who will help you and even correct you when necessary (Heb. 13:17), and this isnít possible unless you are rooted somewhere. Donít have an neglectful attitude, going to church only when you feel like it. Attend faithfully and show up on time. Serve your church at least as diligently as you would your employer. Remember, the Lord views your attitude toward His church as your attitude toward Him (Matt. 25:40), so serve the Lord in a way that if He were your employer, you wouldnít get fired.
1) Ask for forgiveness and ask God to help you not to sin. 1 John 1:9 says "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." We know when have done something wrong, and only Jesus can forgive us for this. We should always ask for forgiveness and continued help in avoiding sin.
2) We should always be extremely thankful for what God has done in our lives. We should be sincere and thank Him from inside our hearts and souls. Ephesians 5:20 says, "Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." And don't think that you have nothing to be thankful for. Every single good thing in your life was given to you by God! James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." We definitely have many things to be thankful for.
3) Prayer is a great medium in which to worship the Lord our God. The entire attitude of prayer should be one of worship. John 4:23-24 says, "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." We should worship God for the many things he has done for us with his grace.
4) We should pray to God for help in hard times and trouble. Pray for Him to help you to overcome a bad situation. Romans 8:26 says, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." And don't be worried if God will not answer your prayer. 1 John 3:22 says "We receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him." Don't think this means we get whatever we want, for that is being greedy. He will give us what we need and what is good for us.
5) Similarly, we should pray for others who are in need. It is clear that Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves in Matthew 22:39. What better way to love our neighbor than to pray for their salvation and for their continued health.
Remember, there is no prescribed mandatory prayer you must pray such as some churches might want to make you think. Jesus gave us a great example of a prayer- The Lord's Prayer, which has most of the things I have stated above. If you are confused about what to do in prayer still, don't worry! The Holy Spirit will guide you in prayer as Romans 8:26 says! Pray from your heart and your soul, not only your mind. Go in God.
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