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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson


May 16, 2022

I was inspired by one of my students the other day when she innocently played a on the church speaker, right after baptismal that was BAD!  She was a brand new believer and I kindly told her, “when you become a Christian, you shouldn’t listen to music like this.” She said, “Really? Well….what exactly does it mean to be a Christian?”  

As I heard her heart, I thought to myself, “I wonder how many more people are asking this question?” 

So, this is why I decided to do this podcast.  This episode is for believers and new believers.  This will teach you how to witness and have the tools to equip you to lead people to the Lord

This is what it means to be a Christian:

1. Have Faith……to believe…to be convinced, to be persuaded!

You BELIEVE in Jesus and The radical, miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit, that He is the Son of God, the son of man.

You believe that He existed and that He lived and died for you. He paid for you with His own blood.  

You believe that He was raised from the dead in 3 days by the resurrection power of God. 

You believe that He ascended to heaven and that He sent the Holy Spirit to abide with you forever.  

You believe that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of YOU.  

You believe that all things are possible with Jesus!

You believe that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life and you are going to heaven. 

2. Embrace His teaching: 

John 8:31-32 TPT

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. For if you embrace the truth, it will release true freedom into your lives.”

Be merciful Luke 6:31

Walk in forgiveness Luke 6:37

Seek Goodness Luke 6:45

Respect others Luke 14:11

BE kind Luke 14

3. My heart is devoted to Him

Mark 12:30-31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Love your neighbor and Love yourself

Part of your love and  devotion is prayer and worship.

4. Do the things that Jesus did

Jesus was always listening the voice of His father and obeying him.  Jesus said, If you love me, you’ll obey me. 

So…..be discipled…learn how to hear his voice, learn how to obey, learn how to grow in God because the sky is the limit. 

 Now HOW DO  I become a Christian? 

Steps to Becoming a Follower of Jesus Christ

  • Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord.

Acts 16:31 ESV

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

John 3:16 ESV 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

  • Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.

 Romans 10:9 ESV  

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Repent
  • Be baptized in the name of Jesus.

Acts 2:38 ESV 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16 ESV

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

  • Be transformed by the power of God & RENOUNCE. 

Romans 12:2 New American Bible (Revised Edition)

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Renounce your sin:

Galatians 5:1 New King James Version

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Read Colossians 3:1-10 New King James Version

  • Go out and make disciples, bring others to Jesus, tell others your story, your testimony. 

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”