What it Means to Be A Christian

Being a Christian is more a self-proclaimed title or identifying with a religion. Being a Christian means you have understood and trusted in what the Bible teaches about salvation. This teaching requires a biblical understanding about God, mankind, and salvation.

God is Sovereign and Creator 

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. God is not some mystical force all around us, but the personal Creator and Lord of all (Genesis 1). The Bible says we were created to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him.

God is Holy

God is holy (Isaiah 6:3). This means God is above all His creation and distinct from every created being. Furthermore, He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).  Meaning God cannot sin, cannot take pleasure in sin, and cannot have fellowship with sin. (Psalm 5:4)

Mankind is Sinful

The Bible teaches that mankind was created good (Genesis 1:26, 31), but all of mankind has fallen into spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1). All of us stand guilty and without excuse before God (Romans 3:23, 1 Kings 8:46).

Sin Demands a Penalty

God's holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That's why simply changing our patterns of behavior can't solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.

Jesus is Our Lord and Savior

God's justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18).
Upon the cross, Jesus Christ, offered himself as a sacrifice for His people's sin (1 John 4:8-10). In order to save mankind from the power of death, it was necessary that Christ die in our place (Romans 6:23). Romans 10:9 says, If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Christ's death satisfied the demands of God's justice, and Christ's perfect life satisfied the demands of God's holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith

True faith is accompanied by repentance from sin (1 Thessalonians 1:5). Repentance is acknowledging you are sinful before a Holy God, confessing your sins to Him, and making a choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

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