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Firstly, are you already a Christian? Have you made peace with God, repented of your sin(s) and asked Jesus to forgive you, promising to follow Him the rest of your life? Have you been baptised by full immersion in water (not christened as a baby) and been filled with the Holy Spirit? If so, then go to Rapid Church Planting to join or start a house church with other believers.
OK, so if you are not a Christian yet, are you looking to become one? If so, then you are in the right place. We want to help. Jesus said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28 verse 18.
You are about to take a massive step, this is life changing (and also life affirming). Do not do it lightly. You are about to enter a battle, a spiritual battle. God wants everyone of us to be saved and turn to Him because He loves us. However, there is a dark side, the devil, enemy of God, who wants all people to worship him and he wants to keep them away from the true and living God. Make no mistake friend, this battle is spiritual, but read the end of the book and you will find that God triumphs! LOVE WINS!!
Step 1 BELIEVE
We must believe God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ,” Romans 10 v 17
Step 2 REPENT
“Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,” Acts 3 v 19. Say sorry to God for all the things you have done wrong.
Step 3 CONFESS
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1 v 9. He already knows everything about us, honest, but He wants you to respond so that he can assure you of his forgiveness. Remember that scene from Bruce Almighty where Morgan Freeman as God opens up the file on Bruce? How big was that file? Massive, right?
Step 4 BAPTISM
This is by full immersion in water. It is a public confession of faith that you have died to Christ, by going under the water, and then made alive again in Christ by coming out of the water. This does not wash your sins away. That has already been done in STEP 2
Step 5 BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
This is usually done by the laying on of hands by an experienced Christian and praying for you, probably the one who baptised you. You may start speaking in tongues, prophesying, getting words of knowledge…there are a number of gifts of the Spirit which I won’t go into here (See 1 Corinthians 12:8–10)
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Having read and understood all this I now invite you to say a prayer for salvation. The Bible says: “ 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,” Romans 10 v 9.
This is a prayer you can say:
Dear God, thank you that you love me and have a good plan and purpose for my life. I am sorry for ignoring you and doing things my way. I realise now that my sin has hurt you and people around me and for this I am truly sorry.
Thank you Jesus that you gave your life for me and took the punishment for my sin. Please forgive me and help me now by the power of your Holy Spirit as I decide to live only for you. Amen
If you have prayed this prayer and really mean it, please email to let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course this is the start of a journey, an adventure with God which leads we know not where, but God knows. He has a plan for your life. It is exciting. Want to know more? Of course you do.
Read the Bible, maybe at Luke which is a recorded account of Jesus’ life, or Matthew or Mark or John. Move on to Acts to see what the first apostles did after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Pray, every day, about yourself, your family. Listen to God, He will speak and help direct your prayers too.
Meet with other believers. Worship together, which I find draws me closer to God.
God bless you my friend, my brother, my sister. Welcome to the family of God.