How to become a Christian – Contents

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Some important points at the outset

What is the Bible? How did it come to be written and why should we believe it?

God’s character – who He is and what he is like

How the Church got into its current condition

Why should we both to become a Christian?

What is the Christian message? The bad news first – sin and its consequences

The Ten Commandments – proof that you and I are sinners, not just other people

More bad news – judgment, Hell and the Lake of Fire

Setting the scene for the first coming of Jesus

How Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be made righteous in God’s eyes

Proof that the resurrection really happened

Salvation is not earned by our own effort or merit. it is a free gift by God’s grace (undeserved favour) in response to our faith

An overview of how to be saved – the four steps we need to take

Step one in detail – repent

Step two in detail – believe

Step three in detail – be baptised in water

Step four in detail – ‘receive’ or be ‘baptised in’ the Holy Spirit

Jesus is the only way to salvation

How to know whether you are a real Christian or not

Summary – how do we actually become a Christian? What do we need to do in practical terms?

Assurance of salvation, provided we persevere and continue on “The Way”

Assurance and perseverance continued – the three stages or tenses of salvation: justification, then sanctification, then glorification

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ – some introductory points

Read Acknowledgments