Tuesday, April 03, 2012

A to Z: C is for Christian

C is for Christian

What is a Christian?

A christian is a follower or disciple of Jesus Christ.

Dictionary Definition:
1.of, pertaining to, or derived from Jesus Christ  or His teachings: a Christian faith.
2.of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country.
3.of or pertaining to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades.
4.exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ;  Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity.
5.decent; respectable: They gave him a good Christian burial.

7.a person who believes in Jesus Christ;  adherent of Christianity.
8.a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
9.a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ  and the Plymouth Brethren.
10.the hero of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
11.a male given name.

How do I know if I am a Christian?

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is Gods son and that God raised him from the dead? Have you been baptized as a physical sign to others that you have decided to follow Jesus?  Do you have the Holy Spirit in you? Are you showing fruit of love, joy peace, patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self control? Do you desire to read and obey gods word? Do you love the Lord your God with everything? Do you love others?
If you answer yes to these questions, then yes, you are a christian.

Matthew 22:35-40
35One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”  

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

How do I become a Christian?

One becomes a Christian through faith in Jesus Christ. God grants you faith through his grace and opens your eyes to see the truth that Jesus died for you and that you are a sinner. You then embark on a lifelong journey of getting to know your lord and savior better and becoming more like him. 

Romans 10:9-13
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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

Christians: Take some time to ask yourself if you really are a Christian. Search the bible to find out what it means to be a Christian. 
If you aren't a Christian, search the bible to learn more about God and to allow Him to reveal Himself to you!

Matthew 16:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Have a Happy Tuesday!!!

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