I recently finished a new brochure for our church on the gospel. The brochure covers the basics of the gospel and answers the question of how we become a Christian. You can find a pdf of the brochure by clicking here. Here's an excerpt...
How Do I Become a Christian?
In some ways becoming a Christian is the hardest thing imaginable. It is hard because our hearts are hard. Left to ourselves we cannot choose God... we will not choose God. The Bible says, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside” (Romans 3:10-12). Because we are thoroughly corrupted by sin we are unable and unwilling to choose Christ. It is, in fact, impossible to become a Christian on your own power. It is the hardest thing imaginable.
Jesus’ own disciples recognized the difficulty of being saved. At one point they asked Jesus in despair, “Who then can be saved?” In Jesus’ answer we find our hope. Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Although we cannot save ourselves, God can save us. Although we cannot become a Christian by our own strength or will, God can make us a Christian by his own strength and will.
This means that to become a Christian we must first look to God to save us. We must call to him in prayer, asking for him to be gracious to us, asking for him to grant us faith in Christ, asking for him to give us new hearts and new minds through which we may finally love Jesus and believe his gospel.
We cannot do these things ourselves. With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. And not only is it possible with God, he loves to do it. He loves to save us and make us his children. The Scriptures say that God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7).
If you recognize your need for salvation, if you desire reconciliation with God, if you want to know the rich, eternal blessings of being counted as his child, do not hesitate, call on God for salvation today.