How To Become a Christian

Do you want to be a Christian? Would you like to be a Christian, but do not know how to begin? Well, the steps to Christ are few and plain and easy to understand, and we shall just turn to God’s Guidebook now for our information. What must one who would come to God do first of all? The answer is found in Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

1 ) Believe

We must believe God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. That’s the first step. But you say: “I don’t have faith. How can I get this faith in God?” Well, here’s the way as described by the apostle Paul in Romans 10:17: “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” The word of God, then, as found in the Bible brings faith when we study it and receive it into our hearts. So begin at once to follow the Bible path.

2 ) Repent

Now we come to the second step, which leads us to a change of life. It is here in Romans 2:4: “Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?

So the second step is repentance. First, belief in God; second, repentance. But you ask, “Are you sure God will forgive me?” The answer to that question is found in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We read the same thing in Exodus 34:6,7: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.

So you see, God, our heavenly Father treats us better than we deserve. Yes, He desires to forgive us. “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 3:16

That’s what God’s love and goodness led Him to do for us. So, first of all, we must believe in God. Then we must realize that we are sinners and repent. “Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.” — Acts 3:19

Now, no one is going to repent if he isn’t sorry for his sins. We read in 2 Corinthians 7:9: “Now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance.

Repentance is simply being sorry for our sins and putting them away. It is not a sorrow for fear of punishment, but a hatred of the sin itself because we know it grieves the heart of God, whether or not we suffer for the sin here on earth. Is it natural for us, of our own selves, to repent? No. In Acts 5:31 we read: “God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Saviour that He might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.

You know, friends, conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at five o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up. It has been said, “Repentance is being so sorry for sin that you quit sinning.

Across the great Zambezi River in Africa, just below the Victoria Falls, there is a great bridge spanning the chasm over the most terrible turmoil of waters on earth. It was built by engineers working from both sides of the river. They extended on through the single span until the two arms met above midstream, thus completing the bridge.

Repentance and faith are the arms of the bridge that enables us to pass from earth to heaven. They unite to make our salvation possible. Neither of itself is sufficient. We must believe in God and we must repent. It is useless, friends, to try to be Christians if we do not repent of our sins. We cannot change ourselves from sinners to believers in any other way. We read in Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” Repentance is absolutely necessary. One reason why we have such unhappy lives is that we do not repent. Many who carry on a form of Christianity have never truly repented, and therefore have never been happy in their Christian experience. One reason why some religious workers never have a revival is that they have not repented of their sins—they are still unconverted. Friend, have you repented? Will you repent?

3) Confess

The next step in becoming a Christian is confession. “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16) “He that conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13) Confession that leads to the forsaking of sin is the real kind. But, in addition to this, what else is necessary on the part of the repentant sinner? “If the wicked gives back what he took in pledge for a loan, returns what he has stolen, follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die,” — Ezekiel 33:15.

Real repentance and confession mean not only to stop sinning, but to do everything possible to make right past wrongs. No man can steal ten dollars and expect God to forgive him unless he tries to pay back what he has taken. Otherwise it wouldn’t be real repentance or real confession.

But when a person truly repents and confesses, God forgives, for we have already read in 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness is God’s work, not ours. When we confess, we simply believe that God forgives, and He does. That’s the end of it. We may or may not feel that our sins are gone, but they are. We are not to depend upon feeling, we are to believe God.

The son of a minister strayed from the straight and narrow way into a life of debauchery and sin. He made a name and great fame for himself in the world of affairs, but allowed himself to slip down to the lowest places. He described his own condition as that of a drunkard, a dope fiend, and a down-and-outer. But, after fifteen long years, he gave God a chance to redeem him and he was gloriously saved. Then he returned home, but only to find that his poor father had died of a broken heart, calling his name, that through all those years his mother had kept a lighted lamp in the window every night and all night.

Friends, God has a light in His window for all His wayward children; and, while the lamp holds out to burn, the wandering sinner may return. Won’t you come back now, for God will forgive you? So we have these three important steps: To believe in God, to repent, and to confess our sins.

4) Baptism

Now the next step is baptism, and the proof for this found in Acts 2:38, 39: “Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

The change which comes through faith, repentance, confession of sin, and following the Word of God in all obedience, is called the new birth. Jesus said: “You must be born again,” John 3:7. This is spoken of also as regeneration. It’s new life, a re-creation by the power of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the one who believes. This is not something that we can work up, not a form of psychology. It’s not a by-product of education or culture, but it’s a miracle wrought by the power of the Holy Spirit of God. Then Christ lives His life within us, a life of perfect obedience. Can we obey in our own strength? No, for in John 15:5 we read, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” But how much can we do with Christ’s help? The answer comes to us from Philippians 4:13:“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” But if we do sin after we have made a start for Christ, should we become discouraged and cease to follow Him? Never! We read 1 John 2:1: “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

What if I Keep Falling as a Christian

A saint, or follower of Jesus, is not necessarily one who never sins, but one who, as soon as he does sin, asks forgiveness of God, believes himself forgiven and goes on rejoicing to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. He may stumble and fall, but he gets up and presses forward again. Such a fall is not counted against him when he repents and asks forgiveness and divine help to live the right life. But he is to grow stronger and stronger. Is it possible to be kept from falling? Jude 24 answers that question: “To Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy!

The Final Word: On Becoming a Christian

So we have clearly outlined the steps that we need to take in order to become a Christian: (1) To believe in God, (2) to repent, (3) to confess our sins, (4) to be baptised and obey the Lord.

Won’t you rather be a Christian, now?

If you are ready to be a Christian, pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.

If you have prayed this prayer, welcome to the family of God. Let us hear from you.
God bless you.

(The larger part of this article was copied from bibleinfo.com/en/questions/how-become-christian).

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, STAND OUT

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL

LESSON SIXTEEN

SUNDAY, 18TH DECEMBER 2016

TOPIC: STANT OUT


MEMORY VERSE:’Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” – 2Corinthians 6:17

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Corinthians 6:14-18


INTRODUCTION:

Another word for ‘stand out’ is ‘be separate’. In 1John 2:15, we are told not to love the world. Ephesians 5:1-8 admonishes us to live as children of light. We must shine as light in a world filled with darkness as imitators and representatives of God on earth.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. Stand out as a believer in Christ

2. Why and How?

STAND OUT AS A BELIEVER IN CHRIST

Believers in Christ are to stand out from all forms of sin, worldly pleasure and be separate unto God. Basically, a believer must:

1. Stand out from all forms of sin such as fornication, adultery, alcoholism, smoking, etc (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:22)

2. Stand out from all works of darkness (Ephesians 5:8;11)

3. Stand out from heresies, false doctrines and their perpetrators (2John 9-11; 1Timothy 6:5)

4. Stand out from customs and traditions of men that contradict scriptures (Colossians 2:8)

5. Never marry an unbeliever. It is forbidden (2Corinthians 6:12-17)

6. Stand out from any relationship, association, business partnership or friendship in which Christ is not glorified or proclaimed.

WHY AND HOW?

To gain divine acceptance and approval as a son or daughter of God, every believer in Christ must stand out (2Corinthians 6:17-18). Hence, it is important to know how to really stand out. Here are some steps to take:

1. Be sober, vigilant and prayerful (1Peter 5:8; Matthew 26:41)

2. Abstain from all appearance of evil: evil communications and corrupt companies (1Thessalonians 5:22; 1Corinthians 15:33)

3. Be a fruit producer: bear the fruit of the spirit and win souls (Matthew 12:33; Galatians 5:22-23)

4. Examine and renew your mind daily (2Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:2)

5. Study and meditate on the word of God to know His plan and purpose for your life (2Timothy 2:15; Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8)

6. Put all your trust in God and not in mortals (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 118:8).

CONCLUSION:

If you stand out completely from sin and worldly amusement and separate unto God, you shall be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 3:18); the Lord shall receive you (2Corinthians 6:17) and you shall be a vessel unto honour fit for the master’s use (2Timothy 2:20-21).

QUESTIONS

1. In what ways should a believer stand out?

2. Why and how should a believer stand out?

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, VIRTUE

​RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL

LESSON FIFTEEN

SUNDAY, 11TH DECEMBER 2016

TOPIC: VIRTUE

MEMORY VERSE: ‘’According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” – 2Peter 1:3

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Peter 1:3-7

INTRODUCTION:

There are two root words in Greek translated virtue. The first “dunamis” as in Luke 6:19; 8:46 meaning ‘miraculous power’. The second is “arete” meaning ‘moral excellence’ or ‘goodness’. A virtue is a right inner disposition, and a disposition is a tendency to act in certain ways. It is not a sudden impulse but a settled habit of mind. Virtues are general character traits that provide inner sanctions on our particular motives, intentions and outward conduct.

LESSON OUTLINES

1. How to achieve virtue (Excellence)

2. The desire to excel

HOW TO ACHIEVE VIRTUE

Our God is excellent in all ways (Psalm 76:4; Matthew 5:48). He expects His children to be like Him (Genesis 17:1, 1Peter 1:15-16). Hence, the main aim of a Christian should be to walk to please God. Virtue is attainable only if we follow the divine guidelines (Philippians 4:8).

2Peter 1:5-7 tells us how to achieve virtue. It is like a ladder; the attaining of one leads to the next, and so on. The sequence begins with faith and ends with love. Without faith, nobody can have virtue. Faith supplies moral excellence as taught in the Bible (Hebrews 11:6). After we have attained some knowledge, we add self-control, or self_discipline. This is the opposite of the excess of the world. Perseverance means to view the unfolding of time with God’s eyes (2Peter 3:8-9; Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 6:33). Godliness means that we have a very practical awareness of God in every aspect of our life (1Timothy 6:6; 2Peter 1:3). Kindness is described here as “philadelphia”, the kind of love that we have for brothers and sisters. The most magnificent virtue of all: Christian love. The love is “agape” and results self-sacrificing action for another (1Corinthians 13; John 3:16; 1John 3:16)

THE BENEFITS OF LIVING RIGHT

The desire to excel comes with the recognition of excellence, and a consciousness of falling short of it. The goal is to be like Jesus Christ because He is the glory of God revealed (Hebrews 1:3; John 17:3; Romans 3:23). This desire to excel also involves: willingness to give up lesser things to achieve a greater goal (Matthew 19:16-26) and willingness to work hard towards perfection (Luke 10:17-20; Matthew 17:15-21). There must also be willingness to be taught, not only by those who are in a higher position, but anyone regardless of position or age (1Corinthians 1:19-29).

CONCLUSION:

Now we see that if we indeed have these virtues as an integral part of our being, and if they continue to increase as we apply them, then we lead a useful, fruitful life for Christ.

QUESTIONS

1. What is the will of God for His children?

2. How would you recognise the desire to excel in you?

REJECTED OF GOD?

​OPEN HEAVEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL


DATE: SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2016


THEME: REJECTED OF THE LORD? 


Memorise: 
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Psalms 51:11
Read: Proverbs 1:24-29 (KJV)
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
MESSAGE
Rejection is a terrible form of punishment that God sometimes uses to call the attention of His backslidden children to quit their sins and immoralities. Therefore, experiences and feelings of rejection are to be dealt with through the prayer of forgiveness and perseverance. In many cases in the Bible, God’s rejection came as a shock because everything seemed normal until a sudden calamity struck as a result of the departure of God’s Presence. Such was the case with Samson and the nation of Israel. The reality of God’s rejection dawned on them by the terrible defeats that they suffered in the hands of their enemy. Judges 16:20 says:
And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.”
All houses appear to have strong foundations until they go through the test of storms. In Matthew 7:24-27, the Lord talked of two houses; one built on the rock and the other on sand. Both appeared quite strong and promising until the floods came, one collapsed while the other stood firm. Do not wait till the day of the storm to discover your status with God, check yourself today and do everything possible to reconcile with God if need be.
In the same vein, all children are the same until they commit an offence. While the bona fide ones are immediately corrected and disciplined, the bastards are left on their own. A child left to himself is doomed. If God does not correct you for wrong speech, reaction and conduct, it simply means He is not your Father! When last did God cane you for wrong doing? May you never be above correction!
That God calls you does not mean He cannot call you something else. As our Creator, He has that right. Matthew 15:21-28 says, “the children’s bread shall not be given to dogs” and Revelation 22:15 says “dogs have a place outside”. This means that no matter how much a dog is loved, sooner or later, it will end up outside and the gate of Heaven will be shut against it. Do you feel as if the gates of Heavens are shut against you? Do you feel as if you are shut out of God’s blessings? It could mean that you are a ‘dog’. Why not accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today? Why not reconcile with your Maker?
Prayer Point:
Father, please, cast me not away from Your Presence in the Name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Exodus 33:7-35:29 and Psalms 119:65-80
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 3: DEEPER, DEEPER IN THE LOVE
1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus

Daily let me go;

Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,

More of grace to know.
Chorus:

O deeper yet, I pray,

And higher every day,

And wiser, blessed Lord,

In Thy precious, holy Word.
2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,

Take me deeper still,

Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,

And His perfect will.
Chorus:
3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,

Deeper let me go!

Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,

Let me fruitful grow.
Chorus:
4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,

Till all conflict past,

Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image

Perfected at last.
Chorus:
5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,

Holy faith and true;

In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom

Let me peace pursue.
Chorus.