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Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page - by Rev. E. C. Long. (to be con­tin­ued).

If I want to be­come a real Chris­tian, there are just a few sim­ple steps I need to fol­low:

I must ac­knowl­edge that I am not a real Chris­tian but want to be­come one. I must ac­knowl­edge that I am a sin­ner. I have to be sorry for my sin and be gen­uine in my de­sire to make a fresh start with God, (with His help I will be able to do this.)

I need to ac­knowl­edge that I can’t save my­self and be­lieve that Je­sus did this for me through His death on the cross.

I accept what Je­sus has done for me and ask God to accept me as His child.

What is the re­sult?

If I have sin­cerely fol­lowed the above steps, I am now a real Chris­tian. There are many verses in the Bi­ble that make this very clear. For ex­am­ple in Ro­mans 10:13 it says, ”Ev­ery­one who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Be­ing saved means you have ac­cepted God’s won­der­ful gift of sal­va­tion and you will re­ceive many great bless­ings from God. Some of these bless­ings are:

1. All your sins are for­given.

2. In­stead of be­ing sep­a­rated from God for­ever you are brought closer to Him.

3. As a per­son who is saved from drown­ing is res­cued from what oth­er­wise would have hap­pened, so as a new Chris­tian you are saved from what oth­er­wise would hap­pen to you. In fact, you are safe.

4. You re­ceive a new life in Christ. The Bi­ble says, "If any­one is in Christ, he is a new cre­ation. The old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthian­s 5:17.

This new life is eter­nal or ev­er­last­ing. You will live with Christ for­ever.

Your new des­ti­na­tion is Heaven, in­stead of Hell, there is no in-be­tween po­si­tion.

You have a new com­pan­ion to help you live you new life in Christ. This com­pan­ion is God’s Holy Spirit. The Bi­ble says, “Your body is the a tem­ple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have re­ceived.” 1 Corinthian­s 6:19.

You are now a child of God, a mem­ber of God’s fam­ily and a real Chris­tian.

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