Shalimar United Methodist Church exists to help people on their life
journey to become Christians and grow as Christ’s disciples. This week, I
reach out to those who want to know more about becoming a Christian.
This is the most important work we do in the Church. Please know we are
here to be of help to you on this journey.
What is a Christian? The name is obviously rooted in the name “CHRIST”
and was first used in the book of Acts (chapter 11:26) to describe the
disciples at Antioch. Today, the name is used to describe those who come to
know salvation through Jesus Christ. A Christian is one who knows
Jesus as Savior and follows Him as Lord. I will write about following Jesus
The United Methodist tradition teaches of God’s prevenient grace and how
it woos us into a relationship with Him. This is why, even as babies,
children, and youth, we believe God has already developed a relationship
with us. God’s “wooing” of us is a prelude to how He can “wow” us later into
an abundant life. In John 3:1-17, we read a salvation story about the second
birth of Nicodemus. We also read the most important verse in the Bible
about salvation, “For God so loved the world that he gave us his only
begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have
eternal life” (John 3:16).
We become Christians by the grace of God which is the gift Christ offered
to us when He died on the cross for our sins. Paul said, “For by grace you
are saved through faith. It is not of works lest anyone should
boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If you should want to talk more or have questions about becoming a
Christian, please let any of our pastors know. There are also many
laypeople in the congregation willing to listen and talk with you about
salvation. Please let me know how we can help assist you in what is the
most important work of the church: to become a Christian and follow as a
Please let me know how I can help!