Being a Christian

Lesson 3

How does a person become a Christian?

You might want to consider the following questions before continuing with our discussion concerning becoming a Christian:

Are you a Christian?

If so, how did you become a Christian?

Few questions divide the religious world as much as this one. And perhaps no question is as critical.

Does the answer to this question make any difference?

How does the Bible answer this question?

Salvation is available only from one source. By the grace of God, our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus. But how does this work? Does it require anything from us?


We must be washed in blood of Jesus through the Word

Titus 3:5


What is a "washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit"?

Ephesians 5:26


What is a "washing of water with the word"?

1 Peter 3:21


Does baptism have anything to do with this process?

How does it work?


We must hear the Gospel message.

Romans 1:16

Romans 10:17

Can we find salvation through our feelings without knowledge of God's plan?

According to these verses, can a person become a Christian without hearing the Gospel message?


We must believe the Gospel message.

Romans 10:13-14

According to this verse, can a person become a Christian without believing the Gospel message?


We must repent...turn away from our former lives.

Acts 2:38

According to this verse, can a person become a Christian without repenting?

Can a person repent and yet continue to live in the sins of the past?


We must confess Jesus as Lord.

Romans 10:8-9

According to this verse, can a person become a Christian without confessing?

Can we confess with our tongues but not with our lives (Matthew 7:21, Luke 6:46)?


We must be baptized...immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins.

Romans 6:3-7

What form does this passage indicate for baptism?

According to the passages we have considered, does baptism accomplish anything without hearing, believing, repenting and confessing?

Can an infant do any of these things?

Does an infant need to do any of these things (Matthew 18:3)?

Can a person become a Christian without being baptized?


We must start to walk in the light

Romans 6:8-13

Hebrews 9:14

Do we die to our old selves just so we can stay dead?