What does it mean to be "a believer" (Christian)?
Being a Christian is more than identifying with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Salvation is both an event (justification) and a journey (sanctification). Consider the following truths found in the Bible:
God is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy; therefore, He cannot commit or approve of evil. God requires holiness of us as well. (Isaiah 6:3; 1Peter 1:13-16)
Mankind is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin. That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness, but we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10–12)
Sin Demands a Penalty
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (eternal separation from God). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. (Romans 6:23)
Jesus is Lord and Savior
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners. Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save (eternal life with God) those who place their faith in Him. (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin, pursue Christ and obey Him. It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. True saving faith always responds in obedience. (Acts 3:18-20)
How do I become a believer?
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:9
Agree with God that you have sinned against him and ask for His forgiveness.
Trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pursue full devotion to Jesus as Lord of your life.
Begin doing the things Jesus commands you to do.