Being a Christian


THE MANY FACES OF CHRISTIANITY

Who is a Christian?

Not one who just believes in God or goes to church or is a
good moral person but rather one who, by faith, has
received Jesus Christ as Savior and has a personal
relationship with Him.

How does one become a Christian?

Not by following rules, not by going to church, not by doing
good works but by acknowledging, confessing and
repenting of sin and by trusting in Jesus Christ.

What is saving faith?

While everyone has faith – faith in an airplane to fly or in an
electrical lamp to provide light – saving faith is faith or trust
placed in Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection,
enabling our sins to be forgiven.

What is the church?

It is the visible expression of the invisible Christ. It is the
body of Christ on earth.  It is comprised of every person who
has received Jesus Christ as Savior.  It does not consist of
buildings but of people.

Why is the church important?

It provides not only a place but also opportunities for
Christians to be nurtured, to learn and grow in Biblical
knowledge and faith, to worship God, and to serve and
minister to the world around it.

What is a Baptist church?

It is a group of baptized believers who have chosen to be
bound together in a fellowship of love to glorify God and
advance His kingdom through the proclamation of the
gospel, the worship of God, and compassionate ministry to
the world.  Although bound together in this fellowship,
Baptists are quite diverse because of their passion for
freedom.  Generally speaking, there are four freedoms
which chisel out the Baptist profile (from The Baptist
Identity by Walter B. Shurden):

  1. Bible Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that the
    Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, must be central in the
    life of the individual and church and that Christians, with
    the best and most scholarly tools of inquiry, are both free
    and obligated to study and obey the Scripture.
  2. Soul Freedom is the historic affirmation of the
    inalienable right and responsibility of every person to
    deal with God without the imposition of creed, the
    interference of clergy, or the intervention of civil
    government.
  3. Church Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that
    local churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to
    determine their membership and leadership, to order
    their worship and work, to ordain whom they perceive as
    gifted for ministry, male or female, and to participate in
    the larger Body of Christ, of whose unity and mission
    Baptists are proudly a part.
  4. Religious Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation of
    freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and
    freedom FROM religion, insisting that Caesar is not
    Christ and Christ is not Caesar.

The life of a Christian may begin at any time, at any age. It is a journey that, once begun, will fill your life with meaning, with hope and peace, and with salvation. To learn more about the journey, please join us this week for Sunday School and worship.