Thank you for talking with us about faith in Christ. Here are a few things you should consider:
1. Christians have been praying for you. Our friends pray for everyone we contact. If you have specific prayer requests, send us a note.
2. You know the bad news: you are not a “good person” in God’s eyes. We discussed the bad news of the 10 commandments with you. You can review the Good Person Test. You may consider yourself to be a good person. But God’s standard is Holiness (Mark 5:48, 1 Peter 1:15). And you are not holy (Romans 3:10). Conclusion: You are a sinner who needs a Savior.
3. You know the good news of the gospel. Jesus rescues sinners. God created you. He sent Jesus to die for your sins. Jesus not only paid for your sins, he attributes his righteousness to you. You can be forgiven through faith in him. Trust in Jesus, not your good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Are you a Christian now? Are you saved? Are you going to heaven?
It is not like a light goes off and everyone can see if you are a Christian. Obviously, many people claim to be Christians but do not follow Christ. They appear to everyone as fake Christians. Instead, the best evidence for a true conversion is a life that has been transformed over the long term. Are you willing to deny yourself (Mark 8:34) and transform your life by following Jesus?
Your answers to these questions can help you determine if you are headed in the right direction:
1. Do you understand and believe the gospel? Reread points 2 and 3 above. The Bible teaches that repentance and faith in Christ are key to authentic Christianity. Repent of your unbelief, take up a life of repentance of sin and put your faith in Christ for eternal salvation.
2. Do you desire to read God’s word? We may have given you a Gospel of John. Take the Gospel of John challenge: read one chapter a day for 21 days. Then read the rest of the New Testament.
If you are truly saved from sin and belong to Christ, you will hunger for God’s word and desire to read it every day. You will need a Bible if you don’t already have one. Ask for an ESV or NIV translation. Those are both modern, reliable, popular versions that are accessible online.
3. Do you pray to God every day? Talk to God like you would talk to a loving father. He cares about you and desires a closer relationship with you. He wants to hear from you every day.
Consider praying the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Read it. Then pray your prayers into the Lord’s prayer. For example, you may pray, “Thank you for being my father in heaven, thank you for giving me my food today, forgive me for this particular sin that I am struggling with today.”
4. Have you started worshiping in a bible-believing church? Follow this link and see if there is a Southern Baptist Church near you. These churches teach the bible faithfully. Join them in worship. God’s church is a gift to believers. Bible-believing Christians are your brothers and sisters now. God has brought you into a relationship with Him and with them. They can encourage you, disciple you and help you learn more about God. Ask them about being baptized in their church.
5. Do you have an appetite for the things of God? Consider listening to good bible-based Christian teaching via podcast, TV or radio. Good bible teachers include Alistair Begg (Truth for Life), John MacArthur (Grace to You), and RC Sproul (Renewing Your Mind).
6. Do you hate your sin? If you are a Christian, you will still sin. But your reaction to sin will be different now because you have a new nature. You will now hate your sin (Romans 7:15). And you will repent of it daily. But don’t be discouraged. All your past, present and future sins are forgiven through faith in Christ. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. God gives you the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the local church to help you fight your old sin nature.
7. Do you do good works? You are not saved by doing good works. You do good works because you are grateful to God for what he has done. He died for your sins and attributes His righteousness to you. So go serve your neighbors. Love your enemies. Take care of widows and orphans. God has created you to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. We praise God for the time we spent with you. We pray that you will persevere in the faith so that one day we may see you again and praise God together. May God bless you as you seek and serve Him.