What does it mean to be a Christian?

The term Christian was actually one given to the early church in a city called Antioch. The people in the city saw this group of people professing to believe in Jesus Christ and so they called them “little Christs” or “Christians.”

Who God is – First we believe that there IS a God.

Who we are – We are God’s creation, carefully designed to enjoy life by worshipping God.

What He Did- Since God is infinitely just, He calls on all men to give account for the way they live their lives. Since He is our Creator, He also must serve as our judge. He desires to restore relationship, but He also must give the just penalty for what we have done.  We stand guilty before a just God. However, God is both just and loving, and He has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. He sent His Son Jesus to earth to bring reconciliation. Jesus has brought us the offer of salvation through his own death, resurrection, and ascension.

Gettin’ Saved – How then do we receive this offer of salvation? It is gained by acknowledging God and Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Ask for His forgiveness through Jesus and ask that Jesus would be your Lord and Savior.

The big 180° change – The Bible uses a word for the life change that comes with salvation: repentance. What repentance literally means is to turn around and go the other direction. If you were running from God, now you do a 180° and seek Him in everything you do.

An Invitation to a new life – It can be hard to change, but be encouraged that you will find a whole new quality of life in Jesus. However, this isn’t something you have to do alone. That is really what church is to be all about…the family of God!

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