How to Become (Or help someone else become) a Christian
I usually hate pneumonics. They drive me crazy. But when you need reliable information in a flash, they can work and help a hopeless forgetter to remember. Coming to a relationship with Jesus turns out is no different. So, while these steps are not definitive or the be-all-end-all, they provide a framework to help us cry out to God and begin that relationship that lasts the rest of our lives.
The first step into entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ is admitting you do not have it all together. Life is a journey. Living that journey is nigh impossible without some sort of help. Some people I know cannot go to the grocery store, make an appointment at the doctor, or pay a bill without some sort of help! For the arc that is our lives, Jesus is that help. He is that guide when the path turns dark. To have that relationship with the God who created us, we must acknowledge the fact that He knows the answers to the questions we know not exist yet. If life were a chess match, Jesus is ten steps ahead. We must admit to Him that we need His help. We are full of selfishness that only He can cure, but we must admit He can do the changing and give Him permission to do it.
B - Believe
There are a couple integral doctrines we must espouse to before we do this thing. The first is that Jesus was/is God's son. The entire Christian faith and Bible hinges upon this important truth. Jesus was begotten of God and is completely God and completely man. Okay, He did not come to earth on December 25th, and He probably sis not come on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but He came to earth with a mission. He grew, just as we do, into an adult. He was/is not like Hercules, who is, in Greek mythology, part man part God - Jesus was fully man and fully God. That will be important in a second. The second truth comprises of the mission - Jesus came to this earth as a wee lad to grow and to allow the Pharisees, Jewish people, the Romans, and you and I (figuratively and seriously) crucify Him on the cross. This indescribable, unimaginable, excruciating process included hanging a person, the the true scumbags of society, on a crossbeam, nailed through the wrists and ankles, and raised up to be an attitude adjustment for the youngsters. Jesus however, went through hours of trials and tortures prior to this, all for your sake and mine. To enter into this relationship we must believe in this doctrine, for it truly happened.
C - Confess
This step involves putting Jesus as the leader of your life. He gets promoted to boss. Whereas before this moment we made all the decisions, called all the shots, and did all the stupid things alone, now Jesus comes in and begins to bring the shop up to code. He came to bring us a new life, not just a three step plan to salvation. John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Jesus is the true thing - He is the good life. He is not a good life filled with fancy cars, lots of money, or cool stuff, Jesus came to give us joy, hope, grace, and a home in Heaven when earth is done with us. When we make Jesus the boss and tell that to others, we sign on to receive these gifts. He forgives us of our sin, helps us clean up our act, and in return He helps us enjoy life and we get to live forever. What a sweet deal!
So, if this is something you are considering, I hope and pray you will truly consider it. Nothing else will change your life quite like this. That is a promise you can bank on! Allow Christ to enter your life, change it, and make you new. Your hopes and dreams may not come true, but God has higher plans than your boring hopes and dreams could ever be, anyway.