Posted 28 Nov 2012
Yesterday (27/Nov/2012) I had a great chat with my friend Mike R at the Olive Branch (our church’s coffee shop) about possibility of making a Christian app for mobile phones. Mike was thinking of writing a little app that would help people to get into the Bible, and also to blow away some of the myths surrounding what is, and is not, a Christian. I thought it sounded like a really good idea.
I want to donate my cartoons to it, so we can inspire people to get into the Bible. Maybe some cartoons would help the app’ to be accessible and friendly, which we would want it to be.
It’s interesting when you ask the question “what makes me a Christian?” or to look at some of our common misconceptions about what “must” make some into a Christian. Here’s some of them…
As someone once wrote, “Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile!”
So, going to church just by itself DOESN’T make you automatically a Christian.
But reading the Bible just by itself DOESN’T make you automatically a Christian.
But Knocking on doors and telling people about your faith DOESN’T make you automatically a Christian.
Doing good is desirable, of course, in all people, and especially in Christians (!) but The Bible makes it clear that we DO NOT become a Christian simply by doing good.
Living a moral life DOES NOT make you automatically a Christian.
In any case, the Devil (aka Satan) believes in God, yet he is clearly not a Christian!
You have to get down to the specifics, found in the Bible, in order to find out what God ACTUALLY SAYS is needed, or indeed vitally necessary, in order for us to be absolutely certain what we are…
That sounds odd – even annoying, or worrying, or rude, or judgmental… doesn’t it?
OK, let’s ask the big question, “How can we know, for certain, that we are, or are not a Christian?” or “What makes a person into a Christian, if it ISN’T going to church, living in a “Christian country”, reading the Bible, etc?”
We have to see what God says (in the Bible) about what it means to become a Christian, in order to be CERTAIN about whether we are, or are not, a Christian. There are many, many good resources out in cyber-space, in books, etc, which tell us the truth about becoming a Christian.
In essence, a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ. It’s Jesus Christ who is at the heart of the issue. In a simple, four step description here are the bear facts of the matter:
1) God loves us all. He demonstrates that intense love in so many different ways.
2) We have done wrong (sinned) and need to be saved from our sin, which will lead to eternal death.
3) Jesus died for us, to allow us to become sin-free.
4) In order to become a Christian and to get that freedom from eternal death, we need to confess our sin to God, and believe in Jesus the Christ.
5) The moment you confess your sin and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you then become a Christian.
Notice that it is as simple, yet as life-changing & life-affirming a that!
Notice also, that you may not feel any different, but the FACT is, that you ARE different… completely different. When you become a Christian you literally move from death to life; from the kingdom of darkness (Satan’s realm) to the kingdom of Light (God/Jesus’ realm)… you can’t get any more different than that! Yet, your feelings may not be any different. My advice to you is: Don’t rely on your feelings. Actually, don’t rely o your thoughts either! If you want to KNOW what is actually TRUE, then read the Bible. Our thoughts and our feelings can be mislead (especially by the enemy, Satan); we can be deceived by him. But the Bible is unadulterated TRUTH, directly from God/Jesus Himself. So it makes sense to rely on what God tells us through the Bible, ratehr thanon what our thoughts and/or feelings tell us.
I’ve got some links to web-based resources on my Links page, if you want to read more Links look under “ministry website” & click on “Why become a Christian? – from the About.com “ or any of the other links, for more information.
It is always useful to tell someone… or everyone! that you have given your life to Jesus.
Joining a church is useful, you can get teaching, preaching, opportunity to praise and worship God, etc. People at your (new) church can also help you grow into Christianity.
A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4, 10). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.
First of all, to be a Christian, you must first know who Christ is. Biblically, He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). He is the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). He is the savior who was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), who died, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), physically (John 2:19-21). He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Only by the name of Jesus may a person be saved (Acts 4:12) and all who do not trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins will be judged (Matt. 25:41) accordingly. Jesus is both God and man (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Phil. 2:5-8). He is our eternal intercessor (Heb. 7:25) who mediates our salvation to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5). To Him be the glory.
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