How To Become a Christian

 

  • A Christian is not just a religious person or merely a member of a church; a Christian is one who has been forgiven of his or her sin and has an ongoing personal relationship with God. Not only this, but a Christian is someone in whom Jesus Christ lives, one who has been born again (John 3:3) and who lives in the assurance that Jesus paid the price for him or her to be right with God and go to heaven.

The Good News of Jesus Christ is . . .

1) God loves everyone and wants all people to live forever in His presence. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).

2) We are separated from God by sin. The Bible defines sin as things we do that are displeasing to God. As humans, not only have we done things that displease God, but we cannot stop doing those things on our own. This is why the Bible calls us “sinners”–because we live in a constant state of sinning. Spiritual and physical death came into our world because of sin. Physical death is separation from loved ones on earth; spiritual death is separation from God. Romans 3:23 says, ” All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

3) Sin brings death. Romans 6.23 tells us that ” . . . the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Physical death is separation from loved ones on earth; spiritual death is separation from God.

4) Through Jesus, God has provided the way for us to come to Him and be forgiven of our sins. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NIV). Many sincerely believe that performing good works or religious acts will cause God to cancel out the wrong things that they have done. However, this simply is not adequate; the only way to be redeemed from our sins is to accept the gift of God’s forgiveness provided through Christ’s death (Acts 4:12). God sent His Son, Jesus, to die and pay the price in full for all the wrong things we have done. We no longer have to be separated from God!

5) We must individually admit to God that we are sinners and, in an attitude of repentance, personally ask Him for forgiveness, the free gift of eternal life, and for Him to come and take leadership of our lives. Simply talk to God and say something like this: “God, I know that I have sinned and have done things that have hurt You, others and myself. I am a sinner; please forgive my sins. I choose to turn away from my old life and ask You to give me the gift of eternal life. Please come into my life and save me from the punishment I deserve. I put my full trust in what You did for me on the cross, Jesus, and I take You as my Savior. Amen.”

  • If you have prayed this prayer, then we rejoice with you and welcome you to the family of God! As a new Christian, we encourage you to obtain a Bible and begin talking to God (in prayer) and reading the Bible at a regular time every day (morning works best for many people). We would also strongly recommend that you find a church in your community that shares the Good News of Jesus and is making disciples. Please look at the list of churches on the Churches link; if there is not a Pentecostal Church of God near you, we encourage you to begin attending a growing church that is making an impact in your community.
  • Ohio PCG

    P.O. Box 7130
    270 Harding Street
    Defiance, OH 43512
    (419) 438-4218

    Email: pastorisaacjr@gmail.com

  • Leadership

    Ohio District Bishop –
    Isaac Shelton, Jr.               (419) 438-4218

    Ohio District Presbyter – Joe Turner               (419) 348-1932

    Ohio District Secretary – vacant until September 2024

    Ohio District Home Missions Director –
    Jerry Meyer              (419) 615-8090

    Ohio District Youth Director –
    Andrew Dent            (740) 891-1771

    Ohio District Office Administrator –              Nick Turner              (740) 704-5782

    Ohio District Women’s Ministries Director –
    Alisha Turner              (419) 348-2995

    Women’s/Youth Secretary  –                  Theresa Rhinehart

    Ohio District –
    Sectional Presbyters:

    Central/Northwest  Section –                    Rodney Reynolds

    Lake Erie Section –
    Ray Hylton

    Northeast Section –
    Jim Comstock

    Northern Section –
    L.D. Roessler

    Southeast Section –
    Donald Rowland

    Southwest Section –
    James Maggard

     

    District Discipleship Ministries Director –
    Vacant

    District King’s Men Director – Norman Wheeler, Jr.

  • Ohio PCG

    P.O. Box 7130
    270 Harding Street
    Defiance, OH 43512
    (419) 438-4218

    Email: pastorisaacjr@gmail.com

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  • Daily Verse

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” — Isaiah 41:10 Listen to chapter . Powered by BibleGateway.com.
  • PCG National

    General Office
    2705 Brown Trail
    Bedford, Texas 76021
    (817) 554-5900
    www.pcg.org

    General Bishop
    Wayman Ming, Jr.

    (Elected in June 2017)

    General Secretary
    Kelly Lineberry

    (Elected in November 2023)

    World Missions
    Virgil Kincaid

    Native American Ministries
    David Alvarez

    National Missions
    Andy Hunt

    National Youth Director
    Randy Lawrence

    Messenger College President
    James Rayburn