Becoming a Christ Follower
Here at Calvary Chapel Melbourne we often talk about following Christ. But what does it mean to follow Christ and how do I do that? Glad you asked!
You’re a sinner. Face it. We’ve all blown it and we need a Savior. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Every person ever born, throughout all time was born a sinner. Each of us must realize that this sin separates us from a PERFECT God. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jesus died on the cross for you. God’s solution for our sin problem is found in His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." What does this mean? This means that right now, today, you can be saved...
Repent means to make a change of direction. We need to be sorry enough for our sins to turn away from things that don’t please God and toward the things that do. Romans 10:9 "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." This is GOOD news! Look carefully at this scripture. Speak it, believe it, and then know you will be saved. This verse can radically transform your life.
Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior. Don’t try to get it together before you come to God! He cleans us up, forgives our sins and gives us a fresh start when we yield our lives to Him. John 1:12 "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" This verse is great comfort. You are no longer who you were, but now you are a child of the living God.
Becoming a Christ follower is not an event. It’s the greatest lifestyle in the world and the best decision you will ever make! John 15:4-5 "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Getting saved is not only an event. It is a lifestyle. Stick close to Jesus and get Connected with other Christ Followers who can help you learn and grow! Being excited about being 'saved' is the result of knowing for sure that you have eternal life in Heaven, and realizing that God loves you and has plans for your life!
Receive Jesus Christ into your life.
Becoming a Christian is not merely being a "good person" or going to church. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in..." If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen."
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