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Have you come to a point where you are ready to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior? When people talk about ‘”becoming a Christian,” this is what they mean. At First Baptist, we say this is as simple as “A-B-C.” It’s not necessarily easy, but simple:
A – Acknowledge that you have sinned
The word “sin” actually means “missing the mark” God has set for you. Everyone has missed the mark and, therefore, sinned. The bible says, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
B – Believe in Jesus
The word “Believe” means to have more than “head knowledge” of Jesus. It actually means a belief that leads to an action. That action is placing total trust and faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. The Bible says, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. (Acts. 16:31)
C – Confess Jesus as Lord
The word “confess” means more than to say something. It means to change your thoughts to the thoughts of God. The Bible says: If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Christ from death, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)
Coming to know Jesus is as simple as ABC, but it is not easy. It begins with a simple prayer telling God in your own words that you have failed to live up to His holy standards and need His help to live your life. You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is simply talking with God who knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life as He promised. And remember: “God love the world so very, very much that He gave His only Son. Because He did that, everyone who believes in Him will not lose his life, but will live forever.” (John 3:16)
If you have prayed this prayer, you have begun the most exciting journey of your life! But you were not meant to take this journey alone! We would love to partner with you as you begin to grow in your new faith. If you have questions or would like to talk with a minister, please contact us at (850) 697-3819 or using email. We would love to hear about your decision and hope you will join us for worship services on Sunday.