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What Is A Christian?
There are a lot of ideas floating around about what it means to be a Christian. This is to be expected since most people have not been taught about the Bible. Some ideas about what makes a person a Christian are:
  • believes that God exists
  • believes that Jesus Christ was a real person
  • goes to church every week
  • was taught about religion when they were young by parents/church
  • reads the Bible and knows a lot about it
  • follows the rules, laws, commandments and rituals of a church
  • preaches to others telling them how they should live

A Christian is:

The word "Christian" is used in the Bible in Acts 11:26 which states that the disciples of Christ were first called "Christians" in a city called Antioch. The word literally means "little Christ" signifying that one is like Christ. Christians are people who are similar to Jesus Christ in their actions and thinking. They have come to see themselves and the world around them in a new way. After looking at and studying the Bible and the world around them, they have come to realize several things. They believe these conclusions, not on blind faith but because there is evidence that they are true. (Click here to examine some of the evidence.)

Some of these conclusions are:

  • the Bible is a reliable and true book
  • there is a God who created the universe and all living things
  • this God loves everyone and wants the best for each of us
  • anyone who loves another gives them the freedom to choose whether to love them back or not
  • God gives each person the freedom to live in whatever way they want, but there are consequences to the choices they make (for example: everyone who chooses to live their life without consideration of God, has to live with the consequences of that decision)
  • the world today is in a "mess" - full of evil and suffering
  • the evil in the world is a result of people's choice (either now or in the past) to live apart from God
  • each person has contributed in some way to the evil in the world by their evil desires, thoughts, words or actions
  • because of this evil in each of us, we deserve punishment from God
  • we cannot become good through our own efforts - we need someone's help
  • God chooses to love us in spite of the evil inside of us and He Himself has provided the help we need by sending Jesus Christ (the Messiah)
  • Jesus was a real person who lived about 2000 years ago, was murdered by being hung on a cross, was buried, about three days later came back to life and about 40 days later left the earth
  • this Jesus was not just a man but is the Son of God: He existed before the creation of the universe, He left heaven, became a man and when He left the earth returned to His Father where He is now
  • the reason Jesus came was to pay for the evil in the world so that we could be forgiven
  • this forgiveness is not automatic, but is only given to each person who chooses to receive the living Jesus Christ as their savior and who gives Him control over their life

How to become a Christian:

Becoming a Christian is a process of realizing the above conclusions. Then you need to make a choice - do you allow Jesus to take control of your life? If you believe that Jesus died for you and you want Him to take over, then you must personally ask Him to come into your life.

A suggested prayer is the following:

"Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Master. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be."
This will be the beginning of a new life with Jesus.

The benefits of becoming a Christian:

After you have chosen to trust Jesus, you will receive what God has promised to those who love Him. Check each of the promises below by looking up the Bible references given:

  • your sins have been forgiven (Col 1:13-14)
  • Jesus Christ is living inside of you (in the form of the Holy Spirit) (Rom 8:9-10)
  • you are a new person (2 Cor 5:17)
  • you have been born-again into God's family; you have become a child of God (John 1:12)
  • you have a guarantee of eternal life with God in heaven; nothing can separate you from God (John 5:24, Rom 8:31-39)
  • because you trust Jesus you will value His opinion and ask His advice on various aspects of your life; your reliance on Him will grow stronger over time (Prov 16:3, John 15:12-17, Ps 37:1-6)
  • the power of sin over you has been weakened and it will continue to diminish in strength; you will still occasionally sin but you will progress and become more and more like Christ (Rom 12:2, Phil 3:12-16)
  • you will want to read the Bible (2 Tim 3:16-17)
  • you will care about others more (1 John 4:7-21)
  • you will become more confidence/hopeful/assured and you will worry less and less (Rom 15:13, Phil 4:6-7)
  • you will want to go to a church where Christ is honored and the Bible is preached (Heb 10:25)
  • God will be with you even when you have difficulties and will use them for your good or someone else's good (Rom 8:28, James 1:2-3)

God wants you to have a full life (John 10:10) and it can be yours just for the asking. (Rom 6:23)
So what is stopping you?
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