Be willing to accept God's grace. Don't try to earn it. Understand that it is a gift from God.  “For it is by grace you are saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

In the gospel of John we read, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” John 1:12. The fundamental issue here is belief. What you must do is believe that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose again, and is alive today. “But 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.”  Hebrews 11:6

If you believe in Him, that's great! Now what you have to do is receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Here's how you do that:

1. Repent of your sins.

The New Testament word “repent” means a “change of mind”. When we repent, we turn away from sin and turn toward Jesus Christ. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

2. Ask Jesus to come into your life and be the director/boss.

Jesus says, “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” Revelation 3:20

3. Confess that Jesus has first place in your life.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” Matthew 10:32,33 (Confession is the willingness to say aloud what you believe in your heart)

4. Identify with Jesus’ death and resurrection through baptism

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him though 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.” Romans 6:3,4

At Community Christian Church, we baptize by immersion, meaning your whole body goes under the water. We do this because we believe it is the method Jesus taught. We also do not practice infant baptism, because we believe that baptism is the conscious choice of the individual after they have heard, believed, and accepted the message of Christ.

Where are you in your relationship with God? Do you believe that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness? Do you believe that Jesus is God’s son, sent to pay the price for mankind’s sin debt? Do you believe he died and rose again? What have you done with Jesus?