How to Become A Christian
You're not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with
Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s
holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show,
and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own
experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us
does right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups - good people and bad people. But God says
that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter
how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded
according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they
try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people
don't seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine!
And there's nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment - the punishment
of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to
die for our sins.
"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were
still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength,
not one of us can do this! You can't make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only
God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer
Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done,
but because of His mercy." Titus 3:5
It's God's grace that allows you to come to Him - not your efforts to "clean up your life" or
work your way to Heaven. You can't earn it. It's a free gift.
"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."
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God's gift to you is His son,
Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called
Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from
the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When
we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are
ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin
and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change
our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right
"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. For it is with your
heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are
saved." Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in
"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." John
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let's
review what this commitment involves:
I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior - this is to repent or turn
away from sin
I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead - this is to trust that Jesus paid the
full penalty for my sins
I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God - this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus
I receive Jesus as my Savior forever - this is to accept that God has done for me and
in me what He promised
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior,
then talk to God from your heart:
Here's a Suggested Prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal
life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare
me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life,
forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I
accept your free gift of eternal life."
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us
know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow
If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please
call or write and let us know. We're here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering
you for free, no matter who or where you are. E-mail us at fbperry.com, or call 1-478-987-2002 or
Perry, GA 31069
invited to a guest reception in Room 111, behind the Sanctuary, with the Pastor immediately
following the morning worship service.
How May I Become a
By Profession of Faith and Baptism: If you
will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord and follow Him in baptism by
immersion, we welcome you into our fellowship.
By Letter: As a Baptist whose church
membership is elsewhere, we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family
should God direct you here. We will happily take care of appropriate details by transferring your
By Baptism from Another Denomination: If
you have been saved through personal faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and
have been Scripturally baptized (by immersion, after salvation, and not for salvation), then you
may join First Baptist Church of Perry by statement of such. If you have been saved, but not
Scripturally baptized,then you may join First Baptist Church of Perry by being Scripturally
By Statement: In the event church
membership records are not available for a transfer of membership, or if you were once
a member of a Baptist Church, but are presently a member of another denomination, we will gladly
accept you as a member upon your statement of your personal faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior,
having been baptized in achurch of like faith and practice.
You may express your desire to fulfill any of the
above by presenting yourself during the invitation at the close of each worship service. Of course,
any decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer and participation in our Lord's
work here at First Baptist Church.