We know you are out there. I’m talking about people who want to find the truth (John 8:31-32). But the truth isn’t found from a fancy preacher or in big church buildings along with all kinds of man-made programs and hundreds of members. Instead the truth is found in that which is simple and plain (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 7:13-14). In order to find the truth a person must be looking for the truth (Acts 16:30). The person must come to realize that not all that is said in the religious world makes truth (1 John 4:1). One must search the Bible and not the sermons of men in order to know if what is taught is indeed so (Acts 17:11; John 17:17). We want you to obey the gospel because that is the only way you can find peace after death (Hebrew 5:9). Because if a person dies in sin, then all hope is lost and that person has no chance of escaping the fires of Hell (Ecclesiastes 9:4; John 8:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Now, let us talk about what the word of God has to say about becoming a Christian.
The first thing you must do is allow time for teaching. In every New Testament example of salvation, people set aside time to look into what God expects from those hoping for salvation. Men must be taught of God, and all who believes the message, come unto the Lord (John 6:45; Acts 15:7; Acts 18:8). What about you? Are you willing to set aside time in order to be taught from the word of God? (Acts 8:30-35, 16:13-14).
The next step toward salvation is having faith in the message as the truth. In Acts 18:8, we read of Crispus who heard the gospel being taught and he believed it. In Acts 15:7, Peter said that the Gentiles did the same thing. The message of the gospel is the information which leads men from darkness into the Kingdom of Jesus (Colossians 1:13; Romans 10:13-17).
Next is repentance, so think about that for a moment. What good does it for anyone to hear the wonderful news of salvation, and then do nothing? The Bible teaches we shouldn’t hear the word only, but we should also obey it (James 1:19-27). If the gospel teaches us to start going to church, we must start going. If the gospel teaches us to quit using profane speech, we've got to quit doing so. If the gospel teaches us to stop shacking up, we must quit shacking up.
The next thing one must do is confess the name of Jesus Christ (Matt. 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10). The reason for doing so is because there is no other name given among men by which we can be saved (Acts 4:10-12). What one would say in the confession is very simple, the example in Acts 8:37, has the Eunuch saying, “I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God”. That is all you have to say and then we will baptize you.
Last but not least, is the act of baptism. I’m going ask you to study the chart on baptism (below) and take notice what it does for the soul of man, and after that, I hope you will be baptized so you can be a part of the body of Christ.
Baptism—Is it just to show we are already saved, or is it necessary to save us?
Are we to follow the examples that the early Christians outlined in the Bible?
When are we not to follow the examples of the early Christians?