New Life in Christ
Christianity is not a religious system, as some false teaching or the secular media would have you to believe. Christians are known as such because we are followers of Christ. The primary purpose of Christianity then is not to follow a system or a set of religious rules, but rather to simply follow Christ. Our “follow-ship” of Christ begins with our faith in the person and work of Christ and our decision to willingly surrender our lives to Him.
Agreeing with the following biblical truths will point you to a new, vibrant life in Christ …
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.
I Chronicles 29:10-11 – Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, and the glory. The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted in head over all.
Psalm 89:7-8 – God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him. O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O Lord?
We can only know God as He reveals Himself to us. We learn about what God is like through His Word, His creation, His Son, and His followers. What we find is that God is holy, righteous, just, and sovereign. And just as important, God is loving and cares deeply about his most treasured creation – YOU.
People are created in the image of God, to have fellowship with God, and to exhibit God’s glory. However, when sin entered human history in the Garden of Eden, its effects spread to all mankind in all generations. Romans 3:23 confirms that ‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’. This original sin still impacts every one of us today, causing us to fall from favor and fellowship with God.
Romans 5:12 – Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned.
Isaiah 64:6 – We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
John 8:34 – Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (Also Proverbs 5:22)
We are all slaves to sin, therefore, we are all guilty, all filthy, all needy and all separated from God. If the story ended there, we would all be in deep trouble.
Our sin makes us incapable of coming to God on our own. But because He loves us, God graciously chose to act through Jesus Christ to restore the condition and relationship of God and man. Jesus is the only One capable of saving us because He was the only person to live a completely sinless life. Jesus came for the specific purpose of dying in our place and for our sins. He literally and absolutely gave His life as ransom for ours on the cross. In doing so, Jesus absorbed the wrath of God that our sin deserves.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.
II Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
John 14:6 – (Jesus said) I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.
There is only one way to be saved from your sins and to be reconciled with God – it is to believe upon Christ alone. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Trust in the work of Christ on the cross alone to save you. You cannot do anything to save yourself. Ask God to forgive your sins based upon Jesus’ sacrifice and then purposely turn your life over to Him. Ask God to make you a new person. He will surely do it!
Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Ezekiel 36:25-27 – I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a fresh spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
After making this life-changing commitment, you will want to join a church, be baptized, and begin living the life of a believer. Heaven will be your eternal inheritance, but you will now begin your “follow-ship” with God here on the earth. Worship God more than anything else in your life and study the Word of God. Walk and talk like someone thankful that you have been rescued from your sins. The costs to your former life will be high, but reconciliation with God is so worth it!
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The act of baptism DOES NOT save you from your sin. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Being a church ordinance, baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. Therefore, baptism should take place as soon as possible following a person’s salvation.