Northland Bible Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Winning Alaska's Capital City for Christ

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What is a Christian?
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I have just put my faith in Jesus...now what?
Going to Heaven - how can I guarantee my eternal destination?
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Will God continue to forgive you if you commit the same sin over and over again?
Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection?
Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament Law? 
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How can believers be in he world, but not of the world?
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How Can I experience joy in my Christian life?
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Does the Bible instruct us to forgive and forget?
How can I turn all my worries and problem over to God?
I have sinned. Do I need to be baptized again?
What is Biblical separation?
How can I be an effective witness for Christ in a lost world?
Does God promise not to give us more than we can handle?
 What is a Christian missionary?
What are the pros and cons of short-term missions?
What did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me”?
What does it mean to be a man of God?
What does it mean to be a woman of God?
Why is praising God important?
What does it mean to glorify God?
What is biblical stewardship?
Is it important for a Christian to have daily devotions?
What if I don't feel saved?
What does it mean that we are not to cause others to stumble?
What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?
What is the gift of speaking in tongues?
Is it a sin for a Christian to drink Alcohol?
What does the Bible say about premarital sex?
What does the Bible say about divorce and remarriage?
What does the Bible say about abortion?
 

What is a Christian?

 

 

A dictionary definition of a Christian would be something similar to “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” While this is a good starting point, like many dictionary definitions, it falls somewhat short of really communicating the biblical truth of what it means to be a Christian. The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:2626:281 Peter 4:16). Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”

Unfortunately over time, the word “Christian” has lost a great deal of its significance and is often used of someone who is religious or has high moral values but who may or may not be a true follower of Jesus Christ. Many people who do not believe and trust in Jesus Christ consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church or they live in a “Christian” nation. But going to church, serving those less fortunate than you, or being a good person does not make you a Christian. Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to a garage makes you an automobile. Being a member of a church, attending services regularly, and giving to the work of the church does not make you a Christian.

The Bible teaches that the good works we do cannot make us acceptable to God. 
Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” So, a Christian is someone who has been born again by God (John 3:3John 3:71 Peter 1:23) and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” 

A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. 
John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:410). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.