What is a Christian? Part One
Written by Jenn Arman | June 20, 2011
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.”