Becoming a Christian is the beginning of a life long process.
Some folks think of salvation as just a singular event based on a one time decision. It is that, but it is MUCH MORE. We understand the moment of salvation as just the beginning of the Christian life, one of a series of decisions, even choosing daily, to follow Jesus. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, understood and taught salvation and the Christian life as a continuous encounter with God’s grace.
God’s grace comes upon us before we believe in Jesus. Through the love of others, the wonder of creation, “every good and perfect gift from above” is intended to point us towards saving faith in Christ. These are God’s efforts to woo us, to draw us in, to release us to chose Him. God’s grace can come upon us at various times and in various forms prior to our becoming a believer. For example, God works through our baptism as a child, our parents bringing us to church, the witness of a coworker, the testimony of teacher or preacher, or even moments of pain and mourning. God is constantly calling us to Himself.
Upon our responding, our saying yes to God’s offer of love, we experience justifying grace. In that moment, we are restored into relationship with God. This is our salvation, when our sin is absorbed in the work of Christ on the cross and we enter in to the relationship with God for which we were created.
While a real and clear change occurs with our soul at the moment of justification; a real and noticeable change begins to happen in our heart and mind, as God transforms our lives. As our hearts turn towards God, we begin to care for the things He adores, enjoy the things that pleases Him, and cry for the things that break His heart.
This is becoming a Christian.
It might sound overwhelming, but it as a process that is clear and understandable. First we begin SEARCHING for meaning, to connect to our purpose. We find redemption through faith in Christ, BELIEVING in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In our new life, we pursue this new relationship, FOLLOWING Jesus more closely; as our hearts begin to change, we find ourselves loving like Jesus. Loving those He loves leads us to SHARING Christ with others as his heart becomes our heart.
Throughout this process, we develop habits that keep us connected to God and one another. Gathering to know and be known. Growing in groups and in private. Going to serve and share.
What about you? Where are you? If you sense God calling you to come and follow him; if you love Rock Hall and it’s people; Your Rock Hall Church would be a great place to respond to Him.