Being a Christian means you have embraced God’s plan of salvation and you have secured a home in heaven. However, it seems as though if you visit 6 different churches they will tell your six different ways to go about becoming a Christian and go to heaven.
So which plan is right?
The answer is the one in the Bible.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16.
Based on this scripture we need to observe all of the commands concerning salvation.
So what is the complete plan of salvation we see in the New Testament?
The first step in the plan is to hear the story of Jesus. This can be achieved through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) or by hearing a sermon about the Gospel.
Having heard the story of Jesus the next step in the plan is to develop belief in the story. This step is different for everyone; some people believe after hearing one sermon or reading through one gospel account, for others it can take a lot of time and study.
Repentance is acknowledging that you have sin in your life, sins you have committed and that you want to turn your life away from them. Sins are the things we do that are in opposition to God’s will. (lying, drunkenness, sexual immorality, etc.)
Fourth is a public confession of your faith. If you are going to be a Christian then you have to be willing to publicly confess it. Mark 10:32-33, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
The final step to becoming a Christian is to be baptized. The word for baptism used throughout the New Testament means to be immersed in water. And because it has such a specific meaning then immersion is what God wants us to do.