Christians refer to a “profession of faith” as a commitment to put one’s faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord (Master) of life. What is involved in this process? Usually, a person recognizes the existence of God as a being wholly other and above all other beings. God is all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere present. God chooses to love each person.
The Bible reveals the fact that we choose to live according to what we want to do. We may choose to rebel against God or any authority in our lives. We have an inner nature that sometimes reveals foul thoughts, ugly words or hurtful actions. All of us miss the mark of God’s best at some point in life. These missteps are called “sin.” None of us can do enough right things to erase the separation from God created by life’s stains. God’s redemptive heart reached out to us to bridge the gap between what is and what should be before the holy God. God chose to address our sins on the cross of Jesus.
God gives us the choice of whether to believe in his existence. He gives the choice to accept or reject the redemptive work of Jesus. If we turn from a self-centered life (called repentance) and trust Jesus to forgive our personal sin (called salvation), we enter the family of God (called new birth).
How can I make a profession of faith? You commit life to Christ by praying a prayer worded something like the one below:
God, thank you for loving me. Thank you that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and failures. I admit to you that I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I turn away from living only for myself. I invite the Spirit of Jesus to enter my life so Jesus may become my Savior and Lord. Help me live in obedience to you. Thank you for hearing my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer, the Bible says you are saved (Romans 10:13). Please tell someone of your commitment to Jesus. Please consider joining a church and growing with other Christians.
As a follower of Jesus you are encouraged to deepen your relationship with Jesus in several ways:
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