I am excited that you are interested in learning more about what it means to become a follower of Jesus Christ. Please take a few minutes and look over the information that follows. If you have any questions, do not hesistate to contact us at the church. You can use the “Let Us Know” contact form or call us at 717.762.7147 and we will set up a time to speak with you.
Step 1: God’s Purpose—Peace and Life
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life — abundant and eternal.
The Bible Says…
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” –Romans 5:1 (NIV)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16 (NIV)
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” –John 10:10 (NIV)
Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?
Step 2: The Problem—Our Separation
God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.
We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
The Bible Says…
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23 (NIV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23 (NIV)
Our Attempts to Reach God
People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God …
The Bible says…
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” –Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” –Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)
No bridge reaches God … except one.
Step 3: God’s Bridge—The Cross
Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
The Bible Says…
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” –1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” –1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8 (NIV)
God has provided the only way. Each person must make a choice.
Step 4: Our Response—Receive Christ
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.
The Bible Says…
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” –Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” –John 1:12 (NIV)
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” –Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Where are you?
Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ:
- Admit your need (I am a sinner).
- Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
- Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)
Step 5: Prayer
God wants us to communicate our desire to become a follower of Jesus through prayer. God cares about the sincerity of our desire and what is really going on in our heart. As you pray, you can use your own words or you can use the sample prayer if it communicates the desires of your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God’s Assurance: His Word
If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says…
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” —Romans 10:13 (NIV)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” —Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV)
“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
“I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life” –1 John 5:13