What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who follows Jesus. But it is more, a Christian has given their life to Jesus and now allows him to run things as their Lord and King.

Being a Christian is a life-long activity

Being a Christian is about turning faith into action. All Christians find that their faith develops as they put it into practice. Their faith grows by listening to and applying the preaching and teaching in the church, and through personal and group bible study.

Being a Christian is about praying, or talking to God. Prayer covers:

  • ADORATION – telling God how much we love him
  • CONFESSION – admitting our need of forgiveness when we have sinned against God’s laws;
  • THANKSGIVING – for his provision for us and for answered prayers;
    and
  • SUPPLICATION – where in faith we ask God to do something, whether mundane or huge, and in faith and trust we rely upon him to answer.

Being a Christian is about witnessing (telling about how important Jesus is to them) to others and all Christians do it. As soon as we become a Christian, we show the world what our faith means to us. However, talking about our faith can be difficult and discipleship helps us to learn our theology and doctrine.

Being a Christian is about Evangelism. This means means deliberately reaching out into the community to explain what Christianity means. Whilst not all Christians have the gift of Evangelism – which simply means explaining the good news about Jesus Christ – we are all called to be involved.

Being a Christian is about loving one another. Jesus said that people would know we belonged to him if we loved each other. Christian love is a marvellous thing.

What is the Christian faith?

1. Jesus Christ

Christianity is a religion based upon the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Jesus is the Christ. The word “christ” means anointed one. Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Jesus is the anointed one from God the Father who came to this world, fulfilled the Old Testament laws and prophecies, died on the cross, and rose from the dead physically. He performed many miracles which were recorded in the Gospels by the eyewitnesses. He is divine in nature as well as human. Thus, He has two natures and is worthy of worship and prayer.

2. One God

Christianity teaches that there is only one God in all existence, that God made the universe, the Earth, and created Adam and Eve. God created man in His image. This does not mean that God has a body of flesh and bones. Image means the likeness of God’s character, rationality, etc. Because we are made in the image of God, every person is worthy of respect and honour. Furthermore, this means that we did not evolve through random processes from a single-celled organism into rational, emotional beings.

3. The problem

God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden and gave them the freedom to choose between right and wrong. They chose to sin. Sin is doing that which is contrary to the nature and will of God. For example, God cannot lie; therefore, lying is sin. The sin of disobeying God that Adam and Eve committed resulted in them being expelled from the Garden of Eden as well as suffering the effects of death.

As a result of their sin, their children and all of us inherited a sinful nature. In other words, our offspring are not perfect in nature. Think about it. We don’t have to teach children to be selfish or how to lie. They know how to do these things naturally. This shows that we are born in a fallen state.

4. The Solution

Christianity teaches that God is a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, not three Gods), that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead physically, and that all people are under the righteous judgment of God because all people have sinned against God. It teaches that Jesus is the only way to be saved from the coming judgment of God and that salvation is received by faith in the work of Christ on the cross and not by anything that we can do to please God.

Where all other religions in the world teach that we must do some sort of good in cooperation with God in order to achieve the right to be in God’s presence, Christianity is the only religion that teaches salvation by grace. This means that we are not made right before God by our efforts, sincerity, or works. Instead, we are made right before God by faith in what Christ did on the cross.

Christianity further teaches that once a person is “born again” (becomes saved) that the Holy Spirit lives in that person and the person is changed: “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come,” 2 Cor. 5:17. This means that God actually lives in the person and the Christian then experiences a true and living relationship with God.

5. Summary

Therefore, “What is Christianity?” is best answered by saying that it is a relationship with the true and living God through the person of Jesus Christ by whom we are forgiven of our sins and escape the righteous judgment of God. Many people today think a Christian is someone who accepts that there is a God, who tries to live a good life or who goes to church. But none of these by themselves, or even all together, make a person a Christian.

The Bible is the one authoritative source of knowledge about God. It is the very word of God himself and states its purpose like this: “these things are written that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31)

How do I become a Christian?

A – ADMIT YOUR NEED. The only way back to God is by admitting to Him that you have lived without Him and against Him until now. It’s like facing a serious illness you know deep down you have but you won’t go to the doctor for help because it means facing up to unpleasant realities. There is no other way to God than starting from here.

B – BELIEVE Christ is the only way to God, and His sacrifice on the cross is the only payment for your sin that God will take in place of your own eternal death. Jesus has risen and now He waits to share His life with you and your life with Him. There is a day already fixed when God will judge the world, and you are certain to be included in it unless you come to Christ now. This will not be the end of enjoying life, but in fact the beginning of it. Life without God is spiritually empty and bankrupt. Life with God is the secret of happiness, contentment, power to do good, and fulfilment in knowing God’s special purpose for you.

C – COMMIT YOURSELF This is the moment to give your life to Christ and receive Him as your own Saviour, Friend and Lord. You do this by consciously and definitely saying ‘Yes’ to His claims and His love for you. It is like being asked to marry. All you need to say is ‘Yes’, but you know that saying it involves a life-changing new relationship and commitment. Saying ‘Yes’ to Jesus Christ brings you into an eternity-changing relationship with the Lord of heaven and earth. Jesus put it like this: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (The Bible: Revelation 3:20)

D- DECLARE YOURSELF The Christian life is not something completely private. It involves sharing our faith with others. We share it with other Christians by becoming a part of a local church to worship, learn more about God and find strength from fellow believers. We share it with those who do not believe by talking as openly as we can about the wonderful faith we have found. In fact, it is really important that we bear witness to the reality of Jesus Christ so that others can find Him as well. We share it with society by doing what we can to change the world from evil to good through our work, our family life, our hobbies and interests, and our concern for the good of others. That is how Christianity has been spreading through the world since Jesus died and rose again. If you have taken these steps, we would love to meet you and help you.

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