First Baptist Church, Tracy City, TN

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How To Become A Christian

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Understanding the Gospel


There are four principles - God, Man, Christ, and Response - that can serve as excellent cornerstones for your understanding of the gospel message.

 

1. God – The Sovereign and Personal Creator


First, God is the SOVEREIGN creator who sustains us. Since God is creator of heaven and earth, he sets the standard of right and wrong. Because he is creator, he deserves the right to be ruler and king.


Second, God is the PERSONAL creator. We are not impersonal machines or animals. Unlike any other part of creation, we are made in the image of the God who created us. God is love, and made us for the purpose of communion with him – to worship, honor, fellowship with, and to delight in him.


God is our ruler. God has an absolute claim on our lives as our Sovereign and Personal Creator (Psalm 100:3; Matthew 5:48; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 1:28-29).

 

2. Man – The Sinful Creature


We are all self-deceived if we think we are living out of our own resources. In reality, we are creatures and guilty rebels under judgment who cannot help ourselves. We have chosen to reject God. God’s judgment is upon those who sin by trying to play God. Our sin separates us from God (Romans 1:18-23; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:20; James 2:10; Psalm 36:1; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 2:11).

 

3. Christ – The Merciful Redeemer


We need regeneration – we need a new heart. Jesus Christ is God’s solution to our sin. He offered himself as the innocent, substitutionary sacrifice for sin on behalf of all who acknowledge their sin. He took the guilt of sinners upon himself and endured God’s judgment for it in his death on the cross. He redeems them by his blood that was poured out, which satisfies the just anger of a Holy God against sinful people. Christ took upon himself the judgment and penalty for the sins of all of those who would ever repent and believe in him. He was the substitute, and his death was the payment. On the cross, Jesus took the debt we owed and paid it in full. Not only did he bear our sin and pay our debt, but he rose from the dead. Having conquered sin and death, he ascended back to the Father (Romans 5:9-11; Isaiah 53:5; Mark 10:45; Ephesians 1:7).

 

4. Our Necessary Response


A person can only become a Christian by turning from a sinful life to Christ and by trusting in him as Savior and Lord. There is a cost to becoming a disciple of Jesus. Pray now, asking the Holy Spirit to enable you to turn from your sin and to trust in Christ (Isaiah 55:7; John 1:12).

 

If you choose to respond to the gospel by trusting in Jesus Christ, we want to encourage you to download the free e-book from Matthias Media called, Kicking Off. You can download it here (PDF).


Please contact us if we can assist you in your decision to accept Jesus Christ.  We would love to hear from you!

 

Weekly Schedule

Sunday:
9:45am Sunday School
10:45am AM Service
6:00pm PM Service
6:00pm Youth Group

Tuesday:
6:30pm Visitation

Wednesday:
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 AWANA
7:00 Prayer Meeting

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Think About This

James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.