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How You Came To Christ

As a person who recently underwent a conversion, I want to know how you came to Christ?

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 ---Chris on 7/12/06
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"I sat down at his kitchen table and I repeated the sinners prayers. And at that moment I felt so whole and clean from the inside out. I knew I had been forgiven."
---Janet on 8/31/
Yesterday while witnessing I heard and saw three people have exactly the same reaction, described by Janet above, after saying a sinner's prayer. Yet many people do not believe a sinner's prayer has any place in salvation. Why do you believe people do not believe there is salvatio in saying a sinner's prayer?
---mima on 9/1/08


When I was a youth I went up to the altar with the Reverand and gave my life to the Lord. Eleven years later I moved to California, and began reading the Holy Bible where at times the thin pages would turn by themselves. When I came to the Witness by Luke 7:36-50, where the woman fell down at Jesus feet and cried and wiped his feet with her hair, I truly realized who Jesus is. And so I too fell down upon my knees and cried and asked Jesus to save me. Later I was stricken with a fatal disease, and on my death bed on Sunday March 4, 2001 A.D. I prayed the Sinner's Prayer. That night Jesus came into my apartment, and before leaving he looked down upon me, and looking up into his eyes I knew then that he once never stopped loving me.
---Eloy on 9/1/08


I was born and raised Catholic, my father was always into some form of the Occult ever since I can remember and that got hold of my interest and it lead me into Witchcraft and from there I got into Vampirism and from there I got into Satanism. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior on June 22, 2003. And how I came to know Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior is this ... I happen to met a Christian man, he was and still is a deliverance counselor and Pastor. he counselled me a lot and then on June 22, 2003 I sat down at his kitchen table and I repeated the sinners prayers. And at that moment I felt so whole and clean from the inside out. I knew I had been forgiven.
---Janet on 8/31/08


Shira ... 50 years ago, I was converted. No-one used the terms "saved" or "born-again" as adjectives or verbs in those days in those days.
I haven't seen anyone on these blogs using the word converted, except me.
---alan_of_UK on 12/6/07


I do pray you were convicted by the Holy Spirit and saved. You don't hear the term "saved" anymore. Everyone is saying "converted" or "gave my heart to the Lord" or "came to Jesus". That is a lot different than being born again.
---shira on 12/6/07




Chris,
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---Bruce5656 on 5/20/07


[4] He had been patiently and quietly bringing resources to bear on me even though I had been so rebellious and self-righteous all the while. I made a decision to repent of my sins and turn my life over to Jesus shortly thereafter. So here I am undeserving yet beloved of God and still very much a work in progress :). I praise God every day because He did not consider me too shabby to save.
---Benny on 8/5/06


[3] The turning point came a couple of years after I graduated from university. I learnt one day from a fellow university friend that all my Christian friends at university had been praying for me all through my university years. To realize that my friends had been thinking about me and praying for me all the while melted all the stubbornness and hardheartness from me and made me realize what the Lord had been doing for some twenty years.
---Benny on 8/5/06


[2] In university I joined a weekly Bible study for non-believers. I was *very* arrogant and intellectually abrasive, always searching the Bible to find flaws with it and challenging the Christian study leaders with what I foolishly thought were clever questions. I was a BRAT. But I was so miserable. My studies were not going so well, I had relationship troubles, I felt that no one cared about nor understood what was important to me, and I was cursing the world for my misery.
---Benny on 8/5/06


[1] Congrats Chris! May the Lord be close to you as you grow in Him. And many thanks to those who shared too. For myself, I have been exposed to the Bible as a kid. I loved reading biblical stories like one might read bedtime stories. When I was older, I studied the Bible as part of my religious knowledge curriculum in high school and even attended church occasionally. In short, I accumulated a lot of head knowledge about the Bible, but I never understood the central message of grace.
---Benny on 8/5/06




#2 Elder- However, baptism is not a matter of choice. The rejection of Baptism is deliberate disobedience of God. Those who reject Baptism reject what it offers--forgiveness of sin, life and salvation. "It is not the absence but the contempt of Baptism which damns." St. Augustine
---Tina5349 on 7/26/06


#1 Elder-You ask does Mr. Smith go to heaven or hell?
Rx: Believing in Jesus causes one to want to be baptized. Preaching of the Gospel includes proper instruction regarding baptism. Baptism is not the only means of grace and it is therefore possible to be saved without being baptized.
---Tina5349 on 7/26/06


Elder, I beg your pardon. My mistake. It was Ananias who told Paul "arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on His name."
---Tina5349 on 7/26/06


Tina please answer this.
Mr. Smith asked Christ to save him in his home Friday night and was killed in an automobile accident Saturday morning. Baptism was never explained to him.
Does he go to heaven or hell?
---Elder on 7/26/06


Tina you said Paul said arise and be baptized....
Please tell me, because I must be losing my memory, where and when was Paul himself baptized?
---Elder on 7/25/06


"Those who do not believe shall be condemned. Why? Because to disbelieve means they call Christ a liar when they refuse to be baptized. They reject baptism."

I agree, Tina. The word "believe" has far more meaning than the context we're use to. Note Heb 3:18-19: "And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief."

Disobedience is synonymous with unbelief.
---augusta on 7/25/06


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#2 Luke 7:29and following. "When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God's justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John."
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


#1 To all: Mark 16:16 "He who has believed *and* has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." Those who do not believe shall be condemned. Why? Because to disbelieve means they call Christ a liar when they refuse to be baptized. They reject baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


Elder:"Rom 10:9-10. No baptism there. Now is Rom 10 wrong?"
"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved".
Rx: Confession demonstrates what kind of faith obtains eternal life, a faith that is firm and active. No faith is firm that does not show itself in confession. It is what you might call an "outward sign of an inward work." Or something like that.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


Hi Alan,
Faith is a work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit uses only the Word (Scripture, Absolution, Baptism, Supper) to create and sustain faith. Faith is then exercised. It is the greatest work; yet, it is not a work which earns us salvation any more than do our other good works. Of course faith is a gift, as are love and prayer. We are called to do these things. If we fail to do them we sin, but if we do them we please God and have done a good work.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


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"Oh, how do we so easily elect to miss the Truth?"

Yes ideed!

Elder:"In v16 we see more commands to Paul, Arise, be Baptized, Wash away thy sins, (by) Calling on the Name of the Lord."

Rx: Calling on the name of the Lord is what happens when one requests a clear conscience according to Peter in 1 Pet 3:21. This calling always involves baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


Helen said: "One must look at the whole of Scripture, not take some verses out and make a doctrine out of it."

Rx: Agreed. I have given multiple scriptural references in context. It's setting up a strawman to claim context but offering no defense of your position.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


Helen, The whole life of the Christian must be one of repentance and faith. I am not denying that. Why do you deny what Scripture plainly says about baptism? Repent *and* be baptized *for the forgiveness of your sins.* This denotes not only the purpose but also the actual result. Baptism and faith (both gifts) brings the recipients the forgiveness sins which results in the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


"Faith is something you believe. Works is something you do."

Helen, the word believe is a verb. The word baptism is a noun. Belief takes effort. It is something you do. (BTW, do you believe in your faith?) Baptism takes no effort. You do not baptize (verb) yourself. Baptism is done--by Christ--to you. Col 2:11-12 It is when all the blessings of His life, death, and resurrection are given to you. Thank you for reminding me of Heb 10 :22. It is another good example of baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


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Tina I think when you say faith is something we do, you think tht because we actually have faith, it is something that in some way comes from us, or as some will belive, is given to us.
But thta is not a work, which is something we do, hoping that it will earn us merit. Fait is not like that.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/25/06


Oh, how do we so easily elect to miss the Truth?
Please notice in Acts 22:16 the other verses and get an overview of what was going on.
1. Ananias was speaking to Saul/Paul after his Damascus Road encounter with Jesus, v10-13. You will notice that Paul became obedient to the Lord in these passages.
2. Ananias explained to Paul that he was chosen of God for ministry.
Cond #2
---Elder on 7/25/06


Cond #2
3. In v16 we see more commands to Paul, Arise, be Baptized, Wash away thy sins, (by) Calling on the Name of the Lord.
Read Rom 10:9-10. No baptism there.
Now is Rom 10 wrong?
Without the shedding of blood there is no sacrifice for sin. Water baptism just can't do it.
---Elder on 7/25/06


Tina 5349 - Sin can only be washed away by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus, and His Blood shed on the Cross washes away sin. It is very good to have a Bible with cross-references. The cross reference in mine is Hebrews 10:22, also Romans 10:13. One must look at the whole of Scripture, not take some verses out and make a doctrine out of it.
---Helen_5378 on 7/25/06


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Tina 5349 - Faith is something you believe. Works is something you do.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


Helen asked:"And also where it says that baptism makes one right with God"?

I thought of another. Acts 22:16 "And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name."
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


I forgive you Mima. Sometimes this medium makes it difficult to perceive all of the nuances of communication.
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


Helen said, Galatians 3:11 "...the just shall live by faith". Christians are required to live by constant faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross.

Rx: Agreed. Your word "required" demonstrates my point very nicely. Faith is something we do.
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


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#2 Helen-Water baptism *and* faith in His promised mercy commits our bodies to be crucified with Christ. Then Jesus will have washed us by water and the word. Where does the bible say that baptism makes one right with God? Titus 3:5 : John 3:5; Eph 5:26; 1 Pet 3:21
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


#1 Helen, scriptures do not say anything about doing a 'head baptism' to accept Christ's death as my death. May we say that the blood of Christ (fully human) does not save us? It is just a symbol of what saves us? Are we only symbolically baptized into His death and symbolically buried with Him? No. We were buried with Him *through* real water baptism into death, and literally raised with Him to new life.
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


Tina 5349 - Can you tell me where in Scripture that it says "the just shall live by baptism" please? And also where it says that baptism makes one right with God?
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


Tina 5349 - Galatians 3:11 "...the just shall live by faith". Christians are required to live by constant faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


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Tina 5349 - I was "baptized" into Christ by faith in His finished work on the Cross. The moment I believed and was therefore saved I was immersed into Christ and I was and still am in Christ. Jesus cried from the Cross "It is finished" and that was it -- the price for sin was paid, with nothing to be added.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


I Pet 3 is speaking of having a good conscience towards God and the characteristics of the follower of Christ.
V15 tells us to make place in our hearts for the Lord.
V16 tells us to have a good conscience.
V18 tells us that Christ suffered for us.
V21 tells us that Baptism is NOT the putting away of the filth of the flesh, (sin) but is a figure of a good conscience towards God.
It is just a figure no more.
---Elder on 7/23/06


Tina;It was meant to be a joke but is terribly worded and does sound like an insult and for that I'm very sorry.
---mima on 7/23/06


God's Grace gives us Salvation.
God's work on the Cross gives us the Redemption from sin.
God's Word gives us faith. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, Rom 10:17.
So everything is given to us by God for Salvation.
The symbol of Baptism is practiced as a witness that we received the above.
If Baptism is so important why do we not get "rebaptised" when we sin? How come the Bible just says repent and confess, I Jn 1:9?
---Elder on 7/23/06


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Mima, was that meant as an insult or a compliment? I can't tell. What on earth makes you think I am a member of the U.P.C. church? Or are you saying that *you* are a member? You'll need to clarify. Do you have a specific question or comment that relates to the subject at hand?
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


Tina as a member of the U.P.C. church do you wear your hair piled high on your head and long skirts??
---mima on 7/23/06


Helen, read Galatians 3:27. According to the text, what were we clothed with when we were baptized? (Hint-Christ)

Now read Col. 2:11-12 What is baptism equated with? Who is doing it? What other verbs are associated with baptism?

Thanks for the congenial dialogue, Helen.
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


Helen, of course I meant Acts 2:38. Sorry about that.
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


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Helen-What I am saying is that you are pitting faith against baptism. The scriptures do not do that. The scriptures do not say that baptism is symbolic. Read Acts 2:38 again. According to the text, what is the purpose of baptism? (Hint-the forgiveness of sins). Now look at Romans 6:3-4. According to the text, what were we baptized into when we were baptized? (Hint-Christ's death.) What other verbs are used in conjunction with Baptism in this text? (Hint-buried, raised, life).
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


Helen-Thank you for your reply. You said: "Salvation is by faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross"

Rx: Are you referring to Eph. 2:8? Read the text. It says we are saved by grace *through* faith. The grace of God justifies. Faith is something we do. Faith receives the promised mercy. Indeed, faith *is* a gift from God, as is every good work. Grace alone saves. Faith alone, apart from works, receives this grace and Christ alone does all these things in and for us.
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


Tina 5349 - What do you mean about having faith for baptism? I do not understand that. Baptism is symbolic of what one already believes i.e. that Jesus died on the Cross (we died with Him) then was buried (our old man was buried with Him) then He arose from the dead (we arose with Him in newness of life).
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06


Tina 5349 - I really am not sure exactly what you are getting at in your questions, nevertheless I will do my best to reply. Faith is not work, it is a constant state of the heart in believing that Jesus paid for everything we need on the Cross i.e. our salvation and our ongoing sanctification too. God gives us faith, it is not something we make up ourselves.
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06


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Helen, let me see if I can restate this to make it more clear. Why is it okay to demand faith for salvation, but not baptism? It takes massive amounts of energy to believe and keep on believing; it takes no energy to be baptized. Baptism a work? No, I would say faith is work, not baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/14/06


Helen you said: "Salvation by faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross..."

Rx: Again I would ask, how is it that we can demand faith if the work is already done? Thank you for your reply.
---Tina5349 on 7/14/06


Helen, one little scripture? Thank you for your patience. If you would be so kind as to answer another question. In Acts 2:38 Peter says "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." According to the text, what is the purpose of this baptism?
---Tina5349 on 7/14/06


Helen, one little scripture? Thank you for your patience. If you would be so kind as to answer another question. In Acts 2:38 Peter says "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." According to the text, what is the purpose of this baptism?
---Tina5349 on 7/14/06


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Tina 5349 - I do not disagree with any Scripture. Having said that one must never take just one little Scripture and make a doctrine out of it. Salvation by faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross is the rock and foundation of the whole of God's Word from Genesis to Revelation.
---Helen_5378 on 7/14/06


Hi Helen. You didn't answer my question. Do you disagree with the Apostle Peter? I have one more question for you. How can we demand repentance and faith when the work has been done?
---Tina5349 on 7/14/06


2/... Tina - No works that anyone can think up can ever erase the awful stain of sin. "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Sin is so horrible that Jesus had to die to pay the price for it. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
---Helen_5378 on 7/13/06


Tina 5349 - Only Jesus saves. Romans 10:9 says "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Jesus Christ came into this world as a Man and gave His life on the Cross for your sins, then He rose from the dead. Believe this and you will be saved. The Cross of Christ and Jesus' finished work there is the only thing that will save you from going to hell.
---Helen_5378 on 7/13/06


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Helen asks: "I hope that you know that baptism does not save you?"

Rx: No, I do not know this. Do you disagree with scripture? 1 Peter 3:21 "Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you."
---Tina5349 on 7/13/06


I had been asking people "Why are we here?" What purpose does God have for us being on this earth? I was raised a Catholic and it didn't fulfill me. I had everything, a new Trans Am, house, great guy, I travelled, but NONE of that fulfilled me. Then I prayed to God, and asked Him to show me HIMSELF and He did. Here I am 23 years later, in love with Father and Jesus and Holy Spirit and trying to walk the straight and narrow.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06


I was searching for some meaning in life, went to many different churches but was unsettled till I joined a SDA bible study group who led me thru the bible for first time and everything shown me of the bible..spirit convicted me first day and am still on fire 14 years later...awesome life I have now with Christ as my first lover. still smiling ..
---jana on 7/13/06


Tina 5349 - I hope that you know that baptism does not save you? Faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross is the only thing that saves anyone.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


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God put His name on me and gave me the washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost as St. Paul says in Titus 3. He lavished me with the forgiveness of sins, delivered me from death and the devil, and gave me eternal salvation on March 8, 1964 at my baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/12/06


The Father called. I answered that call with yes thankyou.

He lead me to the words of acceptance in His word. I believed therefore I spoke. I know with that confession came salvation.
---joseph on 7/12/06


Chris,
Welcome to the family! I rejoice with you.

I can't remember a time when I didn't know Jesus because I was fortunate to have God-fearing parents who raised me with a knowledge of God from an early age, but I still admire someone like you who can put his/her finger on your re-birth date. When I was 12 I confirmed my relationship with Christ & was baptized. Keep growing in the Lord. Isn't it wonderful?
---Geoff on 7/12/06


5/... I had bought the videos because no-one had told me about Jesus and the Cross. Right near the end of my journey to the Cross I had reached the end of my rope with Valium addiction also, and cried out to Jesus to help me. Quite amazing how God works.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


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4/...Basically what happened then is I bought myself a Bible which I still use - was really getting prepared for something! Then I contacted a ministry here in Australia and got some music CD's and preaching Videos. Well the Lord knew which Video for me to watch. Sat down that night and watched it and through the preaching I knew that I knew that I was a sinner, so I got down on my knees in my loungeroom with tears pouring down my face, and said the sinners' prayer - I was born-again.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


3/... Slowly I came to a point of wanting to become a Christian, but had no idea why! - amazing! I had a battle though - a Christian man told me I had to have alcohol for communion - I came home and cried my heart out to Jesus that I could not become a Christian because of that because I am a recovered Alcoholic and can't have alcohol. I asked another Christian man and he said I did not have to have the alcohol.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


2/... Then a lady loaned me some Christian music tapes & I half-heartedly said I would listen. The Lord spoke to me through the music and told me there was "Someone" who loved me more than my mother could ever have loved me were that possible. So I started talking to Jesus. I had also fallen in love with a SDA then that turned sour when I realised he wanted money which I didn't have. So my heart was broken.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


My coming to Christ was a journey. Moved to a new suburb 13 yrs ago. Shop where I would sit had born-again Christians and I hated what they said, but kept going. One day they said something and it really got my curiosity - I think it possibly was about Mary; I had never heard it put that way before - nearly fell off the stool out of curiosity. Then one of them explained about the Trinity to me and I received that, although I still hated hearing about the Bible.
---Helen_5378 on 7/12/06


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My husband and I decided to go with my family to church to hear them sing. It was then I felt God tugging at my heart as well as my husband's. I couldn't take it no longer, I got up and went to the alter, and my husband was behind me. My mom was there (deceased now) and witnessed me and my husband turning our life over to God. I will never will forget that evening. Since then God has called me to sing, and my husband to preach, and loving every minute of it.
---Rebecca_D on 7/12/06




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