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Hi, I'm Stacey.
And I'm Kevin, and we're here to talk to you about the very important topic of "how to be sure you're a Christian."
Yes, this is one of a series of what are called "transferable concepts" written by Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.
You know Stacey, I'm always surprised at the number of people who go to church or claim to be a Christian, and still they're so uncertain about whether they're going to go to heaven when they die.
You're right - there's actually a lot of confusion about what it takes to even become a Christian, and this creates a lot of anxiety in the minds of people worrying what's going to happen to them after they die.
So, what about you? Do you have questions or concerns about your relationship with God? And if you were to die right now, are you absolutely sure that you'd go to heaven when you die?
Well, in the next few minutes, we're going to share with you some basic, but really important concepts about what it means to become a Christian.
How can you be sure?
I think first you need to understand the whole concept of salvation.
And if so, if you go in front of Jesus, what would you say to Him? What would your answer be if He said, "Why should I let you into Heaven?" What would you say?
Becoming a Christian involves receiving the Lord Jesus Christ-the gift of God's love and forgiveness-by faith. It results in a threefold commitment to a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a commitment to Him of your intellect, emotions, and will. Let's examine, one by one, each of these elements of Christian commitment.
#1: Intellectual Commitment
Christianity is built on solid biblical and historical fact. To be sure you are a Christian, you must understand that Christianity is not a blind leap of faith. The truths of the Christian faith are documented by centuries of historical facts, study, and research. Many scholars have dedicated their lives to investigating the birth, life, teaching, miracles, death, resurrection, and influence of Jesus of Nazareth. As a result, we have an overwhelming historical evidence proving all of the above.
To become a Christian you must believe Jesus is God, He died for your sins, He was buried, He rose again. He wants to come into your life to be your Savior and Lord.
#2: Emotional Commitment
Becoming a Christian also involves your emotions.
Each person who receives Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord will have a different kind of emotional experience. One frequently hears Christians enthusiastically sharing how their dramatic encounters with Christ resulted in their being healed of drug addiction, gross immorality, or some other distressing problem. The fact that their lives were indeed changed validates their claims.
On the other hand, there are many who have knelt quietly in the privacy of their homes, or at a mountain retreat, or in a church sanctuary, and there received Christ into their lives with no dramatic emotional experience.
Emotions can be misleading. We are to live the Christian life by faith, not emotions. Yes, emotions have a place in your experience, but how you feel does not determine the truth of your life with Christ. Rather, your emotions are a result of your faith and obedience.
The Book of Romans assures us, "In the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: 'The righteous will live by faith.'" (Romans 1:17)
There is a place for emotions in the Christian experience, though you should not seek them nor attempt to recapture them from the past. While you should not ignore the value of legitimate emotions, it is more important to remember that you are to live by faith-in God and in His promises-and not by seeking an emotional experience.
#3: Volitional Commitment
Becoming a Christian not only involves your intellect and your emotions, it also involves your will. Some people are reluctant to obey Christ because they fear He will change their plans and take all the fun out of their lives.
As you walk in faith and obedience to God as an act of your will and allow Him to change your life, you will gain increasing assurance of your relationship with Him and you will experience God's work in your life.
Becoming a Christian involves a commitment to Jesus of your intellect, emotions, and will.