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    First Steps to Becoming a Christian

    Ladies, are you looking to become a Christian, but don’t know where to start? Becoming a Christian involves more than just accepting Jesus Christ into your life. That’s just the first step.

    If you want to become a Christian, but don’t know how to go about it, here are five steps that will help get you on your way.

    1. Find a church. A church is your guidance in your faith, your life and your journey toward salvation. Jesus founded the one true church when He said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Now it’s up to you to determine which church is that one true church. All denominations claim to be, so you have to do your research.
    2. Get baptized. Jesus was baptized. What other reason do you need? Once we are baptized, we become members of Christ. Some people who have fallen away from their faith or were never faithful at all may have already been baptized in a Christian church as a baby. Some denominations won’t baptize again, since scripture refers to “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” In these cases, a declaration or confirmation is offered as a way of accepting Christ officially.
    3. Get involved and meet other Christians. Your church will offer opportunities to get involved in programs to strengthen your faith or help others. Youth group is also an opportunity to meet other Christians. When you get involved and meet other Christians, you have encouragement and support in your faith.
    4. Step out of the world. Of course you can’t completely step out of the world, but scripture calls us to live in the world without being worldly. So, in becoming a Christian, you will ultimately be giving up your worldly associations or influences. Trends and greed and popularity and other cultural or selfish endeavors must be set aside for a life according to God’s Word. This will likely be the hardest part of becoming a Christian.
    5. Begin your walk with Christ. Becoming a Christian is just the first step. Now it’s time to really build that relationship with Christ. It’s time to know, love and serve God. This is not something we learn in a few weeks or even years. This is often a lifelong lesson. As we encounter the trials and tribulations of our lives, we also learn how we deal with them now that we have called God into our lives.

    Ladies, becoming a Christian is a life-changer. It’s not a matter of accepting Jesus into your heart and then going on with your business as usual. As Christians, we’ve accepted a way of life that is dedicated to Him. And this will not always be easy, especially if we’ve come to rely and depend on the things of the world to make us happy or feel fulfilled.

    Ladies, have you just recently become a Christian? Share your story with us. We love to hear from you!

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    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    6 COMMENTS

    1. I have accepted Christ, but I do not go to Church (the rest of my family isn’t Christian and Sunday is family day). I have also not been baptised, should I be doing those things? Is it wrong if I’m not?

      • I know you commented awhile ago, but I don’t know if you’ve gotten answers yet or not…
        Going to church is incredibly helpful in your Christian walk with God, as it’s the best way to learn about God and connect with like-minded Christians. It’s a way to strengthen your faith, and grow to know God more deeply. What I would suggest for you to start going to church is for you to first talk to your parents about it. Tell them why it’s important to you, why you want to go. And hey, who knows? Maybe God will use you talking to your parents to lead them to Him.
        Once you’re in the church, you can speak to your youth pastor (if there is one) or just your regular pastor about being baptized. Again, you should probably talk to your parents about this first, so they understand why it’s important to you. Baptism is NOT a way for you to be saved; it’s a public profession of faith, so others know that you’ve given up your sinful life and are living for God. It’s very symbolic, a basic picture of Jesus’ resurrection and you choosing to follow Christ. You’re dunked underwater, and then you’re lifted up out of the water. This is symbolic of Jesus being in the grave, and then being raised up out of the grave, alive again. Baptism also symbolizes how your sinful self is washed away, leaving a child of God who’s eager to serve and live for their Lord.
        If you’re nervous about talking to your parents, my best advice is to pray and study God’s word for help.
        That reminds me… Another thing you can do to grow in your faith is to read your bible daily. You can start pretty much anywhere in the New Testament for help with your faith, or you can get the Bible App on your touch device and start a Bible Plan there. These are helpful for keeping track of your reading, and understanding specific topics in a biblical way.
        I hope all this helps, even if it has been almost a year since you commented 🙂 I’m praying for you!

    2. Meg u need to talk to your parents your reasons that u need to go to church”‘ I “d do is when I talk to u mom & dad it’s important I “d encourage u to do so prey & read the word”‘ Christ has u”‘ at times parents say no”‘ u need to stand your faith

    3. Let me say, I’m a guy. Just putting it out there. But I love what this site puts out there for young women. It give me hope for my sons’ future wives.

      But this article has the cart before the horse. When looking to become a Christian, The Bible is clear that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” you will be saved.

      Everything on your list here is a byproduct of being a Christian, not a prerequisite to becoming one…

      You go to church BECAUSE you are a Christian and want to be with other believers and worship with them.

      You get baptized as a symbol of your faith, not as a precursor.

      You get invovled with other Christians BECAUSE you want to be a part of the body, not as a way to earn your way in.

      You step out of the world because Jesus calls us to repent (or turn and go the other way) as a result of faith. You don’t turn yourself around first, otherwise that is earning your salvation through good deeds…no one can do that.

      Your last point is great, being a Christian is not a point in time, rather the beginning of a journey of knowing and following Him more each day.

      Be careful what you say is the way to salvation. It is through faith alone, not any of the thing you do.

      • Where in scripture does it say that “faith alone saves”? It is God’s Grace that saves us! Just remember that faith without works is dead (James 2:17), because even the devil believes and “shudders,” (James 2:14-26). Much is written in scripture about the importance of works, the most important I believe in when Jesus talks about separating the sheep from the goats. Works is a response to God’s grace. But no, it does not save. Neither does faith. Grace saves! Blessings, TMG

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