Becoming a Disciple of Jesus
Once you understand who Jesus is, how do you go about becoming His disciple, or follower?
BELIEVE that Jesus alone can rescue you from your sin. No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “No one is righteous (perfect in God’s ways)—not even one” (Romans 3:10). We cannot become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
REPENT or turn from your sin. The Bible tells us to “repent and turn to God that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3:19). The word “repent” means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we run toward Him.
CONFESS that Jesus Christ died on the cross and came back to life for you. The Bible tells us to “Confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord (He calls the shots in our life) and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead…” (Romans 10:9). This is the Good News—that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it. It is vital to confess who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.
BE BAPTIZED and take on the new life Jesus promised. The Bible says, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4). There is nothing special or magical about the water…it’s the step of faith and the power of Christ’s resurrection that saves you (I Peter 3:21).
If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, you can start by simply praying this prayer of repentance and confession from your heart:
"Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I need You. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and invite You into my heart. I believe You died on the cross and rose from the dead. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen."
If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, we want to encourage you to take the next step and follow through with your baptism.
You can contact us at 314-821-2156 to pray with you and make arrangements for your baptism. If you have any questions, you can call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your decision to follow Christ means God has given you a new life. Make sure you connect with other Christians who can help you understand more. Maybe Gateway Christian Church is the place where God wants you to do just that!
Once you have been given new life in Christ, you continue to grow as a disciple. In fact, God wants to keep growing you so that you can begin helping others find that new life in Christ and help them to continue to grow in their relationship to Him. God continues to transform people throughout their lives.