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  1. How can I become a Christian?
  2. Do I have to be baptized?
  3. How can I grow now that I am saved? 

How do I become a Christian?

 

There is not a broad way or multiple paths to Christ. He informed us in Matthew 7:13-14 that there was a small access way to Heaven. He also mentioned in John 14:6 that he was the only way to God the Father.

 

All that ever come to Christ must be convicted of their sins by the Holy Spirit. We must realize the need to be 

saved. Romans 3:23 says" All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Anyone that has sinned has fallen

short of God's requirements. Your sin seperates you from God.

 

Even though you have fallen short, there is hope. God has made a way for us to be saved through his son Jesus.

Romans 5:8 says" God demonstrates his own love toward us, in while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Jesus went to the cross of Calvary over Two-Thousand Years ago to pay for all of the sins of the world(1 John 2:2).  

We as humans, inherited our sin from Adam. This is known as the Doctrine of Original Sin. Since he was the father of humanity, his decision to follow Satan was applied to all of our accounts. His sin was passed down to us (Romans 5:12). God had to deal with Sin in a just way so he chose to send down his Son, who was sinless to be a sacrifice for man's sins (John 3:14-16). There has to be punishment for sin(Romans 6:23). You even see this with Adam & Eve when an innocent animal was killed in order to cover their sins (Gen 3:21).

Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior goes beyond just believing a number of facts about God or the Bible. The book of James says that even the Devils believe and tremble(James 2:19). Belief goes beyond head belief. To believe means to accept him in your heart with the desire to follow him in this life. Before you can follow you must repent of your sins. Repentance is a change of mind that will result in a change of action. You accept what God has to say about your sin and make a choice to turn from sin. (Romans 10:8-11) speaks to the steps to salvation. The Bible says " "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thy heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.""

At the moment of conversion, the Holy Spirit moves in to indwell every believer. The Holy Spirit provides guidance and conviction. He serves the purpose of being a comforter for the believer. Every believer should strive to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ. 

 

Do I have to get baptized?

 

 Baptism is a very important part of the Christian journey. Baptism is symbolic of the fact that we are buried with Christ and raised to walk in the newness of life. All believers should be baptized if physically possible. We believe that submersion represents the type of baptism consistent with the New Testament.

 

While there are some that mistakenly teach that Baptism is required for salvation, we believe that salvation is by faith in Christ alone. It is further evidenced by (Ephesians 2:8-9), which emphasizes a salvation that is not based upon our works but generates righteous works as a result of being saved. Also, we find Christ promising paradise to a theif who had no possibility of being baptized. Even though it is not essential for salvation, you should strive to obey the commands that God has for believers in this age.

 

How do I grow now that I am saved?

All  new members at RSBC will have to go through an orientation class to help them learn some of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Believers have  to do several things to grow. Any babe must learn to digest milk before tackling meat. We are all told to "Study to show thyself approved unto God." Believers have to learn how to pray, read their bibles and attend Church regularly. Sunday School is also a valuable ministry that helps the new believer to create a strong foundation. Midweek bible study is also a great ministry that allows the opportunity to ask questions. Believers should never be afraid to ask questions. No one but God has all of the answers.