How to Become a Christian, how not to go to Hell, and how to join the family of God

1. Realize that God loves you and has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life.
    
John 3:16:  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosover
     believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    
John 10:10, 11:  ...I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more
     abundantly.  I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. 

2. Admit that you sin (disobey God) and deserve judgement from Him, the perfect and Holy God.
    
Colossians 1:16:  For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
     visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
     things were created by Him, and for Him (God made the universe; God makes the rules.)
    
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
    
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is ethernal life through Jesus
     Christ our Lord. 
    
Ezekiel 18:4:  ...the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

3. Understand that Jesus' death on the cross is God's substitute payment for sin.
    
2 Corinthians 5:21: For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might
     be made the righteousness of God in Him.
    
John 1:29: ...Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

4. Personally receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 
    
John 1:12: But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God,
     even to them that believe on His name.
    
Romans 10:9,10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
     thine heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man
     beleiveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Your prayer of confession need not be a complicated one.  Simply pray as follows:

Dear Jesus,
I realize that You love me and have a wonderful plan and purpose for my life.  I admit that I sin and deserve judgment.  I understand that You died on the cross to pay for my sin.  I want You to come into my life and save me from the penalty of my sin.  I want You to be my Lord and Savior, to have full control of my life since I cannot of myself live a life without sin.  I submit myself to You completely.  Make me the person You want me to be.  Thank You for saving my soul from Hell.  Amen

Welcome to the family of God!  You are now a brother or sister in Christ.  Begin reading the Holy Bible daily, praying for God's guidance and understanding.  Many people like to start with the New Testament.  Join a Bible-believing Church in your area and enjoy the opportunity to have fellowship in the love, worship, and service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  May God richly bless you!

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