What Does It Mean To Become A Christian? Consideration of Question: -May Help Alien Sinner Obey the Gospel -May Help Indifferent Christian Become More.
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What Does It Mean To Become A Christian? Consideration of Question: -May Help Alien Sinner Obey the Gospel -May Help Indifferent Christian Become More Faithful
It Must Mean A Great Deal God wants everyone to be Christians. –Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… (Matt. 28:19). –And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). –Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28) It costs a lot to become one. –Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me (Mt. 16:24).
It Must Mean A Great Deal Christ gave up His life so we could become Christians (Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Jn. 1:2; Gal. 2:20). –who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. –And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. –…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
It Means… Making the only sensible plan for the future. –For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul (Mk. 8:36-37)? –And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27).
It Means… Using your time and talents for God’s glory –Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). –I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (Jn. 15:5). –He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad (Matt. 12:30). –For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works… (Eph. 2:10).
It Means… You are crossing a line from the service of Satan to the service of God. –He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13). You are leaving all things behind and giving your allegiance to Christ. –…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Heb. 12:1). Previous Religious AffiliationsFriends Who Are Evil Dishonest BusinessAnything The Hinders
It Means… You are lost and need Christ to save you. –For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). –O, Lord I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps (Jer. 10:23). Becoming a member of a local church and working with them to save self and save others. –And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples… (Acts 9:26). –The local church is part of God’s plan (Acts 20:28).
It Means… Blessed Assurance –The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together (Rom. 8:16-17). –Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 Jn. 3:2).
It Means… God Is With Us & Hears Our Prayers –What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Rom. 8:31-32). –Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 Jn. 5:14).
It Means… We Have the Hope of Heaven –And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life (1 Jn. 2:25). –I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (2 Tim. 4:7-8). Are You A Christian?Do You Have A Real Hope?