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First, what is a Christian?

Acts 11:26 tells us “The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” The word “Christian” means “a follower of Christ.” The word “disciple” in this same verse means “student” or “pupil.” A Christian is not merely someone who professes to believe in Jesus; rather he or she is a follower of and a student of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is an ongoing lifelong process of following the example of Jesus Christ.

A person who claims to be a Christian should demonstrate his or her belief by living the way Christ lived—doing what Christ did—and avoiding what Christ avoided. Christianity is a way of life. The disciples of Christ will follow Him and work at patterning their lives after His life.

To Escape God’s Judgement

We are told that “it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We all have a divine appointment with our Creator and it cannot be avoided. All unbelievers will be judged by Christ at the “great white throne,” and they will be punished according to the works they have done.

By choosing to become a Christian a sinner will escape the sentence of eternal punishment in hell and instead receive an eternal life in the presence of God in heaven.  (Matthew 25:46). We must choose where we will be by accepting or rejecting the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, and we must make that choice before our physical lives on this earth come to an end. After death, there is no longer a choice, and our fate is to stand before the throne of God, where everything will be open and naked before Him (Hebrews 4:13).

Freedom from guilt and shame

We have all done some things that hurt people, which brought on guilt and shame. That burden of guilt and shame can be so strong it becomes debilitating. But, God says there is no condemnation in Christ. (Rom 8:1) Christians are set free of those heavy burdens.

Experiencing God’s Presence

As a Christian, you will experience the presence of God throughout your life. That doesn’t mean your problems will just go away and everything will automatically get better. However, things usually get better when you begin to follow and obey God’s word. Hebrews 11:6 says that God “rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Fellowship with Jesus

As Christians we have a personal relationship with Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” He desires a relationship with us. Do you know that Christians are the only people who actually have a personal relationship with God. Muslims, Jehovah Witness, Mormons and more than 10,000 other religions do not have a god who desires to be with them. They do not serve the God of Christians.

Fellowship with other Christians

1 Cor 12: 12-27  is a magnificent metaphor that says we are all sharing one common life under one head, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the defining character of the church.  It is marked by its unity, by its shared life, its commonality, its community.  In a word, it’s fellowship.  Fellowship is critical to the life of the church.  Christianity is not a spectator event that happens on Sunday.  It is a common, shared life with other believers.

The Bible becomes a living book

When you become a Christian, the Bible will no longer be a book of fairy tales. 1 Cor 2:14 tells us the lost cannot understand the Bible; its just foolishness to them, but a Christian is longer without God and through the Holy Spirit he can understand the things of God. A great acronym for the Bible would be God’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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