I received a very unusual letter from a young woman from China who had been attending our church in Oak Park for a short time. This is what she said: Dear Dr. Ray Pritchard,. I have come to your church about two months, and I like it there a lot. I began to read the Bible by myself, and I want to be a Christian. I want to talk to you about it, but I am a little shy, so I write to you. Can I be a Christian? Would you tell me how I am able to be a Christian? I"m sorry, my writing is not too good.
How do you answer a letter like that? Even though she is just learning English, you can sense the deep desire of her heart coming through those simple words. You can be a Christian.
The most important thing I can say to you is that being a Christian means having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How do you get to know Jesus Christ personally? There must be a desire in your heart, which there already is. So the good news is that you are not far from being a Christian right now! In order to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you must trust him as your Savior.
Does that sound strange? I hope not. Already you know much about Jesus. You know that he worked many miracles and helped many people. But the most important thing to know about Jesus is that he died on the cross for your sins. That is, when he died on the cross 2, years ago, he took your place. You should have died there. But he died in your place, as your substitute, and by his death he paid the price for all your sins. Trusting is what you do when you get on an airplane. You trust your life to the fact that the airplane will safely take you up in the air and then safely get you back to the ground again.
Trusting Jesus Christ means staking your life upon the fact that when he died on the cross, he really did pay the price for your sins and he really did take your place. So, do you believe that Jesus Christ died for you? Are you wiling to stake your life upon that fact? If you are ready to say Yes, then you can be a Christian.
Let me give you a simple prayer to pray. This prayer is not magic.
Saving Faith by David Baldacci
You should only pray it if it expresses the real feeling of your heart. But if it does, then you can pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for dying on the cross for me.
Thank you for taking all my sin away. I believe you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. I gladly take you as my Savior. Come into my life and make me a Christian. Please help me to live a life that will be pleasing to you. Thank you for hearing this prayer. If you will pray that prayer and mean it from your heart, you can become a Christian right now.
True Saving Faith
I hope you will just stop right now and pray that prayer to God. Did you pray that prayer? I hope so. If you did, I would be honored if you would tell me so. I put that letter in the mail and wondered how my friend would receive it. Would it make sense? Would she understand it? The very next Sunday she came up to me after the second service and said with a shy smile that she had gotten my letter.
I asked her if she had read it. She said yes. I asked her if she had prayed the prayer. I asked if she understood what the prayer meant. I asked if the prayer expressed the desire of her heart. You are now a Christian. In the last book of the Bible we find the image of Christ standing at the door and knocking.
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The picture comes from Revelation where Christ offers to enter a lukewarm, lethargic church and have fellowship with those who will let him in. It is a wonderful picture of how Christ comes to each of us. And in this picture we see the three elements of faith made clear.
Inside and outside, on which side are you? This is a crucial question for all of us to consider. Is he on the inside or on the outside, still knocking, waiting for you to open the door? If you hear Christ knocking, do not delay. Go to the door and let him in.
This is true saving faith. We want to join together with pastors and Christian workers to equip the church in China, broadcasting translated sermons, providing ministry resources for Christians and pastors in China. Subscribe to the weekly sermon from Keep Believing Ministries. Sign up for our emails and use it to grow in your faith as well as to encourage others. Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. The Bible contains many names of Christ. His names tell us who he is.
His names tell us why he came. His names tell us how he can help us. Our faith must be grounded on correct knowledge. A person cannot put his trust in something he does not know about, nor can he honestly trust something that is proven false to him.