What does it mean to become a Christian?

I want to be like Jesus

 

There is only one thing we really need to understand about God, and that is that he has a really loving heart.

God absolutely loves each one of us. He wants to be our friend and for us to be strong and complete in that friendship. God wants us to know him as our loving heavenly daddy.

Does that sound good to you?

You will have noticed that in this world, not everything works out well. At times each one of us is angry, unkind and hurtful. Sometimes we are proud, selfish, and uncaring. The bible has a word for these things and it calls them ‘sin’. Sin spoils relationships with other human beings and it spoils our relationship with God. Sin messes up God’s world. God didn’t want sin to go on spoiling things, so he sent his Son Jesus to earth to be born as a human being. This is what we celebrate at Christmas.

When Jesus grew up he was filled with God’s Spirit at his baptism and he enjoyed keeping in close touch with God the Father all the time. In this way he lived an amazing life. He healed people, helped them to understand that Father God loved them, and made sure the people who were left out of things, weren’t left out anymore.

 

Jesus can show us how to live life this way, but to do this we have to ask him to be our leader. This is about wanting to live life Jesus’ way rather than our way.

Later in Jesus’ life some powerful people wanted to get rid of him and he ended up dying on a cross.

The story doesn’t end there because Father God brought him back to life (and this is what we celebrate at Easter) and his friends enjoyed several more weeks in his company before he went back to heaven.

Before he went, Jesus promised his friends that he would send the Holy Spirit who would help them live the kind of life Jesus lived.

Today Jesus still helps us to live amazing lives and he stills sends the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

 

Prayer

 

We can begin to follow Jesus today and we need to speak to him using a prayer like this:

Lord God, thank you that you love me. I am sorry for all my sins. Please forgive me. From now on I want Jesus to be my leader. I ask you to send the Holy Spirit to me so that I can live a life like Jesus. Amen. 

 

 


What happens next?
 

 

When we pray a prayer like this, God always says ‘Yes’. That means your sins are forgiven. Jesus is now your leader. He has sent his Holy Spirit to help you. Tell a church leader you have prayed this prayer and join a lively church which is expressing the confident faith described in this leaflet. A church will help you get to know God better. Remember you can chat to Jesus anytime and anywhere.

Lord God, thank you that you love me. I am sorry for all my sins. Please forgive me. From now on I want Jesus to be my leader. I ask you to send the Holy Spirit to me so that I can live a life like Jesus. Amen.