Becoming A Christ Follower

becoming a Christ followerThe truth is, we’re all followers of something or somebody. Some follow the passions of their heart, some follow a charismatic leader, others follow an ideology, others chase after greed, but only one can lead to salvation and that’s Jesus Christ.

Following Jesus is not easy, many abandon Him when they discover the steep cost of following Him (i.e. your very life, see Luke 9:23-24). But for a few, they recognize the cost of following Jesus is far outweighed by the steeper cost of not following Him. As one of His closest followers acknowledged, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68)

Eternal life is about more than just living forever one day, it’s about experiencing life as it was meant to be lived in the presence of our Creator. Sadly, our sin has broken that fellowship and the only way for you to be reconciled to God was for someone to take upon Himself the punishment you deserve. That someone is Jesus. He gave His life so that you might live. Through the power of His physical resurrection from the grave, you will one day be raised again as well, never to die again. But it begins by becoming a follower. Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is by invitation only. Thankfully, He invites everybody (1 Timothy 2:4). We just have to accept the invitation. How do we accept the invitation?

Through FAITH - True faith includes

1. Believing that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose again three days later, and is alive today.
Romans 10:9, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, you will be saved.

2. Trusting in God's free gift of salvation. You will not try to earn it.
Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you are saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast."

3. Turning from your sins and giving God first place in your life (repentance).

  • I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from every wrong."
  • John 1:12-13, "Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."
  • If a person trusts Christ as his Lord and Savior, when is he given the assurance that he is saved?

In BAPTISM

BaptismAt baptism the follower is promised to receive from God:

  • The forgiveness of sins: Acts 2:38, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins."
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:38, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ...and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • Membership in His church: Acts 2:41, "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." I Corinthians 12:12, "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body."
  • Joy of salvation: Acts 8:39, "When they came up out of the water... the eunuch... went on his way rejoicing."
  • Identification with Christ's death and resurrection: Romans 6:3-4, "or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
  • Clothed with Christ: Galatians 3:26-27, "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
  • The Death of Our Sinful Nature: Colossians 2:11-13, "In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him from the dead."
  • The Assurance of Salvation: Titus 3:4-5, " but when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." I Peter 3:21, "and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also."

Have questions about Baptism? Read our Baptism FAQ

For GOOD WORKSGood works

  • "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).
  • "...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2:17).
  • “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they may accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (I Peter 2:12).
  • "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us" (Romans 12:6).