At the end of the sermon, an invitation is extended to provide an opportunity for anyone in the assembly to render the obedience to the gospel which will put them in proper relationship with God.
If one is not a Christian and he or she desires to become a Christian to gain the forgiveness of sins, become a child of God, and be added to the body of Christ, what must be done is clearly taught in the scriptures. It is important for each person to understand for himself/herself what the Bible teaches.
- Hear the gospel (Rom 10:17; Acts 18:8)
- Believe the gospel (Acts 18:8; Mark 16:16)
- Repent of one's sins (Acts 2:38)
- Confess one's faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Rom 10:9-10)
- Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
When one follows these steps the Lord adds him/her to His church (Acts 2:47). One is then a member of the body of Christ with the responsibility to be faithful until death in Christian living and in membership in the Lord's church. It is important to point out that obedience to Christ in order to become a Christian can take place at any time, not just during an assembly of the church.
Sometimes Christians (those who have followed the above steps) sin and become unfaithful to Christ. When this happens, the scriptures teach one must:
- Repent of sins (Acts 8:22)
- Confess sins (1 John 1:8-10; James 5:16)
- Pray to God for forgiveness of sins (James 5:16; Acts 8:22)