WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
Here is a simple explanation…
Firstly, a Christian admits their sinfulness in rejecting God’s right, as their Creator, to rule their lives. It’s a failure to set your agenda according to his standards.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve actively rejected God, or passively ignored him. The result is the same. We all need to be honest and own up to this with God. After all, he knows anyway.
1 John 1:8-9 says,
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we admit our sins, he [i.e. God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Secondly, a Christian believes that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for their forgiveness and rose again, defeating sin and death, and securing the way to eternal life. (For more information on the content of what Christians believe, go to Why there are only two ways to live!)
John 3:16 says,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Finally, a Christian commits themselves to following Jesus as Lord of their life, for the rest of their days.
To put it into modern terms, it’s a commitment to letting Jesus be the Captain-Coach. That is, the one who gives you your game plan, who sets the direction, and calls the shots in your life.
Romans 10:9 say,
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
SUMMARY – A.B.C.
To summarise then, to become a Christian, you must ‘A.B.C.’ – to admit, believe and commit. That is, you must make a decision to follow Christ as Lord and Saviour. To do that, of course, you can just say a simple prayer expressing from your heart the sort of things written above. The exact words don’t matter, but you could say something like this to God:
I admit I have ignored you, and disobeyed your standards of right and wrong.
I now believe that your Son, Jesus, died on the cross for my forgiveness, and rose again to bring me eternal life.
From this day forward, I commit to following Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.
Thanks you for all you have done for me.
Please change me and help me to live in a way that honours you.
I pray this, in Jesus’ name.
In John 5:24, Jesus made this promise:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
So if you prayed a prayer like that from the heart, let me reassure you, God heard your prayer, and you are forgiven. You have become a Christian.
If you’d like to find out more about Jesus and Christianity, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can also check out the following:
How can I Know God – By Tim Keller
Two Ways to Live is an easy-to-follow presentation (with diagrams) about the message at the heart of Christianity. Read it in
The full text of the Bible is also available in many different languages.