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    What is a Christian? Part One

    In this series of posts, I’m going to be talking about what it really means to be a Christian and to live a Christian life. Let’s start with the basics.

    How do I become a Christian? Do I just say a prayer or something?

    There’s a little more to it than that. Let’s break it down into steps.

    1. Understand that God loves you! Let that sink in for a few moments. God, the creator of everything, loves you. He created you with a plan and a purpose in mind. You are no accident. God wants a personal relationship with you.

    Psalm 139:13 & 16 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

    John 17:3 – Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

    2. Sin separates us from God and we all do it. Sin is anything that is outside of God’s perfection. Anything less than “perfectly good” is sin. I know that’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth. The comforting news is that everyone sins, you and I are not the only ones. It’s impossible for us to live perfect lives worthy of God and God can’t have anything to do with sin. We have to admit that we are sinners.

    Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

    Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    3. Jesus paid the price for our sin and is victorious. Remember the verse above — sin=death. God didn’t want us to stay separate from Him so He sent Jesus to die for our sins. Then, God raised Jesus from the dead to show that sin and death are not more powerful than God. You can’t deny Jesus and still have a relationship with God.

    1Peter 3:18 – For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit

    John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    4. Respond with belief and an open heart. Romans 10:9 says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. Salvation is free. It’s a gift. When someone gives you a gift you don’t pay them for it, right? You simply receive it with a grateful heart. It’s the same with salvation. Invite Jesus to come into your heart, to live there and receive Him with a grateful heart.

    5. Live it out! Some might say that just saying a prayer is enough, but that’s not what Jesus said. More on this in my next post!

    John 15:14 – “You are my friends if you do what I command.”

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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      • Jesus isn’t God, he is God’s son. He came to earth to teach as many people as possible about God’s love for them, and when he was killed, God revived him to, as said above, show that sin and death is NOT more powerful than God and his love for us!

    1. Ive been a christian my whole life, but i didnt accept jesus as my lord and savior till 8th grade, 2 months before i was baptised. I still sin, I still have hard times, but i know that god/ jesus is by my side, 24/7.

    2. If there’s one thing I remember learning when I was little, it was the ABC’s of becoming a Christian: A- Admit that you’re a sinner; B- Believe that God sent his Son to die for you; and C- Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. And a pastor at a church I was visiting includes D: Don’t deny it! Don’t deny your love for God and tell others about Him!

    3. I have been on this website almost everyday, and I am still not sure if I am saved. I Try praying, but it feels wierd, and I tried talking to my friends about it, I even went to a youth church, and I feel out of place. What should I do? Please help!

      • I could help you! Say this Prayer….”Dear God, I admit I’ma sinner. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me and save me. I ask this in the name of Jesus, who died for me. I trust in him right now. I believe that the sinless blood of Jesus is sufficient to pay the price of my salvation. Thank you for hearing me and receiving me. Thank you for saving me soul.” Once you say this you have Jesus in your heart! Your name is in the Lambs book of Life. You are always safe in the arms of Jesus!
        -Jeanni (:

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