How to Become a Christian

Steps to Peace with God

by Billy Graham

Step 1 - God's Purpose: Peace and Eternal Life

God loves you, and He wants you to live in peace with Him and to receive eternal life.

The Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:1

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” — Romans 6:23b

Since God planned for us to be at peace with him and to have eternal life, why are many people not enjoying this experience?

Step 2 - Our Problem: Sin and Separation

God did not make us robots to mindlessly love and obey Him. Instead He gave us a will and freedom of choice. But, like Adam, we often choose to disobey God and go our own selfish way (read Genesis chapters 2-3). This side of our nature is called sin, and it separates us from God.

The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;…(and) the wages of sin is death.” — Romans 3:23; 6:23a

“Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…” — Genesis 3:23a

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” — Isaiah 59:2

Our sin separates us from God.

Step 3 - God's Remedy: The Cross

Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem of separation from God. He died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for our sin – completely bridging the gap between us and God.

The Bible says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8

“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” — Acts 4:12

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” — 1 Timothy 2:5

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but passed from death unto life.” — John 5:24

God has provided the only way, and we must make the choice.

Step 4 - Our Response: Receive Christ

We can receive Jesus Christ when we believe in His message and trust in Him alone to save us.

The Bible says, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” — Acts 10:43

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” — John 14:1

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” — John 1:12

How to Receive Christ

  1. Admit your need ("I am a sinner").
  2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit (Receive Him as your Savior).

What to Pray

Dear Lord Jesus,

I know that I am sinful and need your forgiveness. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for my sin. I want to turn from my sin nature and follow You instead. I invite you to come into my heart and life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God's Assurance: His Word

If you sincerely prayed this prayer and asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, do you know what He has given you?

The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“(Neither) height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:39

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:1

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” — 1 John 5:12-13

Your New Life

When you receive Christ, you are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration or “new birth.” God bless you as you begin your wonderful new life in Christ.

Billy Graham