The Gospel

The Gospel

What It Means to Be a Christian

Being a Christian is more than affirming a particular worldview or identifying with a particular religion. Being a Christian means that you believe what the Bible says God, mankind, sin, and salvation. Consider the following Biblical truths.

God is Sovereign Creator

The world in which we live, largely believes that man is a mere product of time and chance. But the Bible says that we are created by a personal God for his good pleasure (Psalm 115:3). As his creation, we are to respond to God with love, service, obedience, and joy.

The New Testament revealed that Jesus is the power behind creation (John 1:3). Jesus has been given authority over all things, including our lives, and we owe him our absolute allegiance.

God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3) and therefore he does not commit evil, nor does he permit evil in his presence (James 1:3). God requires holiness from us as well (1 Peter 1:16). 

Mankind Is Sinful
The Bible teaches that everyone is born with a sinful nature and guilty of sin (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 5:12-17). This does not mean that everyone is as evil as they could possibly be and unable to be kind. But it does mean that we are incapable of saving ourselves and pleasing God (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands Judgement

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished in hell (Romans 6:23). A lifestyle for good behaviour is not sufficient to solve this problem.

Jesus Is Lord and Savior

Jesus has canceled the record of sin against us(Colossians 2:14). He did this by dying a sinner’s death and providing his righteousness to those who put their faith in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Bible promises that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

True Faith

Christian faith is accompanied by repentance and obedience. Repentance is agreeing that we are sinful, confessing those sins and turning away from them (Luke 13:3), follow Christ (Matthew 16:24-25), and obey him (1 John 2:3).