Why do we do what we do? What is the point of Christian worship? Why do we gather as a church family? While there may be a good number of answers to the above questions, there is one point — the point that lays the foundation to all of them.
The point is Jesus Christ, and serving God the Father through Him as Christians. But, just what does it mean to be a Christian? How can you experience the love of God as known through Jesus? What does it take to receive the forgiveness of God for everything you have ever done wrong (AKA sin) and be promised a life in His kingdom?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
The point is that even though we have sinned, each and every one of us (Romans 3:23), God has a plan to make us righteous (seen as if without sin). The absolutely perfect nature of Jesus Christ, can be applied by His grace to each of us through faith. And, in this way our relationship to God — as intended at the creation — is restored (Ephesians 2:8–10).
How does it happen? How can you know that you have received this blessing? What must you do?
Repent Of Sin — This means to recognize and admit the wrong you have done and turn from it asking God to assist you in not sinning again.
Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
Jesus said to the disciples: “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)
Believe – Salvation is a gift of God’s grace delivered to you through faith. Therefore, you must actually believe the good news has been explained to you.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9)
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9–13)
That is what it takes to become a Christian. Repentance, an admitting to and turning away from sin, followed by Faith in God’s promise to see His own Son’s perfection in you.
Frequently this turning to God is a time marked by prayer. There is no one particular prayer, which everyone must pray, but there are many prayers that people have offered as a guide to those seeking God’s forgiveness. What follows is one of those samples. If you are seeking God’s forgiveness, and would like to feel His love towards you, we urge you to pray this prayer or one like it.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, judge of all people; I admit and regret my many sins and shortfalls, which I have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against Your Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly Your anger and judgment against me. I earnestly repent, and am sorry for my misdoings; The remembrance of them is hurtful to me; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon me, most merciful Father; For Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive me all that is past; And grant that I may ever hereafter serve and please You in newness of life, To the honour and glory of Your Name; Through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Did you pray that prayer right now? If so, you have taken the first step in your Christian journey. We at the Chapel of Christ the King would like to for you to find a nearby parish in which you can continue your Christian journey. This parish locator will help you find a place of worship near you.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy has promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.