What Does it Mean to be a Christian?
What does it mean to be a Christian? Some people think you become a Christian by joining a church. Others think you are born a Christian. Still others think you are a Christian if you believe in God. But what does the Bible say? In the Bible it is written,
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So the Bible says that we have sinned, and the result of our sins is death - eternal separation from God. But according to the Bible we can be reconciled to God and have eternal life because of Jesus (God's Son).
“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
1 John 5:11-12
No amount of good deeds or religious activity will remove our sins from us. Only Jesus has the power to bring us back to God and forgive us of our sin. He did this by suffering and dying on the cross in our place, taking our sins upon Him. Will you receive God's gift of salvation today? You will never be a true follower of Jesus Christ until you do. There are three things you must do:
Admit you are a sinner and have done wrong things
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Believe that Jesus died and rose again for your sins
“...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved...”
Acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour
“for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”
If you want to be a true follower of Christ, you have to surrender your life and your rights to Him, putting God in control. You can do this right now by just talking to Him - that's the simplicity of prayer. Tell Him you are a sinner. Ask Him to forgive you and thank Him for offering the gift of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. If you do make this decision, let us know. We delight in helping people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ!
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