How to become a disciple
To become a disciple of Christ, it is as simple as your ABCs!
You can take these
first steps on your own, but if you know a disciple that is actively serving
the Lord, he or she can guide you through the process also. Watching this video may help you too.
Accept – that you are a rebel against God
The Bible teaches us that from birth, we are rebellious against God, trying to serve our own self-centered interests – doing things our way.
The Bible calls that rebellion sin. Without forgiveness of sin, we are destined for eternal separation from God.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10)
Believe – that Jesus Christ is the ONLY hope you have
Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead in order to remove the penalty of sin from those that confess allegiance to Him.
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
"For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Confess – your rebellious nature, you need Jesus, and accept His Lordship
"If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
A sample prayer you can use to guide your conversation with God is here:
Dear Lord, I know I am a rebel from birth against You. I have sinned against you and worthy of death. I know I need your love and forgiveness. I turn away from my old life, trying to do things my way – Forgive me Lord. I renounce any previous allegiance to other gods, beliefs, saints, spirits, gurus, or religions. I invite you to come into my life Lord Jesus right now. Please cleanse me of all my sin and give me a new heart. Give me your Holy Spirit so I can follow you more completely each day. Thank you for the gift of salvation and allowing me to become your son / daughter. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer with all sincerity of heart, you are forgiven by the Lord. The Bible says -- "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" [new life begins]. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your slate has been wiped clean. You are a Christian.
You should start to
pray, read the Bible, share your faith with others, and start or participate in a disciple
group near to you where you can get the encouragement you need to grow to be
more like Christ each day. This is just the beginning of your journey!