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What does it mean to be a Christian?

Many people believe that if they live a good life and do their best, they are a Christian and will be able to enter heaven when they die. In other words, they’re counting on a relationship with God based on all the good works they’ve done. What does the Bible say about this? Let's explore, because there is so much more to being a Christian than just being a good person!

Here are five things you need to know to become a Christian:

Believe that you are loved and accepted by God

Admit that you are a sinner

Acknowledge your sins

Commit your life to Christ

When you become a Christian, you begin a relationship with God. The way believers talk to the Lord is through prayer.  Your prayer should be your own, from your own heart to His. If you don't know how to do this, you may need an example. An example of such a prayer may go something like this:

Father in Heaven, I know that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Your Son Jesus died in my place, to pay the penalty for my sin, and rose again for my salvation. I want to turn from my sinful ways, so I now ask you, Lord Jesus, to come into my life as my Savior and my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

The Bible says, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. So if you have repented of your sin, confessed Jesus as Lord, and believe He died to save you, you are a Christian, bound for heaven. The difficulties of living as a Christian in a sinful world are many. Therefore it is essential that you immediately seek other sincere, Bible-believing Christians to help you sustain your resolve. Both individual Christian friends and a solid Bible-based Christian church are essential.

If you would like to ask a question or talk to one of us about your faith journey or anything else, e-mail us (, and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

In the mean-time, if you would like to learn more, check out these resources:

Is There More to Life Than This?

Why We Can Believe in Jesus?

What Is the Bible?

How Is Sin Described?

Who is the God of the Bible?

How Do I Know I am a Christian?

Seven Common Objections to the Christian Faith

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