1 – Being a Christian

This lecture covers the foundation of being a Christian.

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Questions for each session are designed to help you reflect on what you learned in the session.   We do not want you to answer these questions like a fill in the blank test at school.  We want you to talk about whatever God spoke to you or convicted you of in the message.   Tell us what you are actually getting out of it.

1.  In your own words, summarize what it means to be a Christian

2. Why must Jesus be the only way of salvation

3. What is an idol? Do you have any in your life that must be dealt with?

4. How does being a Christian impact relationships?

5. How does a Christian determine right and wrong?

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  1. 1. Being a Christian means to accept responsibility for your own sin. That, as a fallen man, we are all sinners, and we need to accept the fact that we are in need of a savior: Jesus.
    2. Jesus must be the only way because he said he is the only way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the father except by him.
    3. An Idol is something to which we go in order to get filled instead of going to God.
    4. Being a Christian will cause one to separate from the elegancies that were made in this world; e.g., no longer hanging out with a friend that keeps dragging you into a bar.
    5. A Christian determines right and wrong by reasoning through scripture.

  2. -A christian is someone who has a personal relationship with Jesus and this means to be in constant fellowship with Him. As christians we dont blame others for our issues but rather take full responsibility for our own sin. Through this close fellowship with Him we are able to hear His voice and respond when His Spirit prompts us to repent, forgive and take action. In doing so we are transformed and renewed and we are able to move into a deeper revelation of Him. As christians, our lives must reflect the fruit of the Spirit and our actions should be motivated by love.
    -Jesus is the only way to salvation because He is the only one who was able to pay for our sins. Because He was sinless he could take upon Himself the burden of our sin and satisfy our outstanding debt.
    -An idol is whatever takes precedence over God in our lives. The idol that has been the hardest to give up in my life has been the idol of “self”. It does not help that in our culture in America exalting and satisfying this idol has become the norm.
    – As christians we are able to impact relationships first of all by drawing closer to Him. As we draw closer to Him, His love allows us to grow in our love for others. I have found out that love is the most powerful tool we have to impact other people.
    -A christian can determine right or wrong by relying on God’s Word and listening to His voice. In my experience learning to hear His voice has been a process. The good news is that if we ask, He gives! so asking my Father for discerment to recognize His voice has been key for me.

  3. 1. Being a Christian means we realize we are not perfect and that we need a savior-Jesus. We must take full responsibility for sin and not blame others. When we become a Christian, we must die to ourselves and give our lives over to Christ.
    2. Jesus is the only way to salvation because He died for our sins and no other “God” has done this. Jesus even tells us that the only way to the father is through Him.
    3. An idol is something other than God that we turn to in order to get filled up. My idol would probably be the internet. I rely so much on the internet and it often distracts me from spending time with God.
    4. Being a Christian impacts relationships greatly. We must evaluate every relationship and decide which ones need to be cut off because some might being more harm than good. I think when we become a Christian we treat people differently and from this our relationships grow stronger with others.
    5. A Christian determines right from wrong by spending time reading the Bible. By reading the Bible, we are able to comprehend who God is and what he thinks. From this, we will know what is right and what is wrong. Also, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and will help us recognize what is right/wrong.

  4. 1. Being a Christian means to be obedient to God’s Word and be responsible for our own actions. 2. Jesus is the only way because He is not buddha or some others gods He is truly God and our Savior. (Jude/1-25) 3. An idol is a things that becomes a substitute for God, and yes i do have some things in my life (soccer and some others) that i need to stop worshiping. 4. Being a Christian we need to have a personal relationship with God, and stay away from bad Influenced friends. 5. A Christian determines right from wrong by listen to the Holy Spirit. and He will help us recognize what is right or wrong!

  5. 1. To me, being a Christian means being Christ like, taking responsibility and of course, knowing that you’re a sinner in need of a savior.

    2. John 14:6 answers that question. Jesus died and took all of our sin. By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our sins are passed to Him and because of that, we can come to God through Jesus Christ as good as clean.

    3. Anything that keeps you away from God. It can be anything from technology to a hobby. In my case, I think its my hubby that keeps me distracted from God. I’m currently dealing with it.

    4. Bad company corrupts good moral. I definitely evaluated all of my friends from before I was a true Christian. I had to clean the house so to speak. About 90 percent of my friends had to go…

    5. Reading the Bible helps but I believe that believers have a conscious that is moved by the Holy Spirit. Personally, If i do something wrong, my conscious tells me right away and it convicts me.

  6. 1. A Christian is someone who realizes that he is a sinner who deserves hell, and knowing that a Christian realizes that he is in a need of a savior. A Christian doesn’t blame others for his sin and he takes full responsibility for his sin by giving his life over to Christ.

    2. Jesus is the only way to salvation because he took all of our sin that separated us from the Father and he set us free from sin by dying on the cross.

    3. An Idol is anything that keeps us from spending time with the Father and doing His will.

    4. In Ukraine there is a saying that goes something like this “Show me your friends.. and I’ll tell you who you are”. In other words, we as humans tend to hang out with like minded people. So when we become Christians, we don’t do the things we use to do… and that also means that we don’t hang out with people that always bring us back to sin. What fellowship can light have with darkness?

    5. The Bible is our manual and by reading the scriptures we know what’s right and wrong.

  7. 1. In your own words, summarize what it means to be a Christian
    Being a Christian is the one whose identity is found in the person of Jesus Christ. We found ourselves when we find Him. Our identity is rooted in who God is and what He designed us to be [become]. This encounter gives us the possibility to establish a relationship with a strong sense of meaning/purpose, influence and destiny in which I/we do have a choice, a role and a responsibility to maintain it. We get to know Him as we spend time investing in this relationship through knowing His Word, seeking His face and His heart, worshiping Him, serving Him as we serve others…
    2. Why must Jesus be the only way of salvation
    John 14:6, Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.
    3. What is an idol?
    An idol is what occupies the first place in our lives. As a consequence our priorities are in disorder. Priorities in order means that God is the first over everything else in our lives.
    Do you have any in your life that must be dealt with?
    No at this point in my life, but I need to watch that ministry won’t become one.
    4. How does being a Christian impact relationships?
    Christianity is based on relationships and relationships are based on love. The act of love is not a feeling but a decision and to love is–in spite of _________.
    5. How does a Christian determine right and wrong?
    The relationship with Jesus Christ enables the Truth, His Word that has been written in our hearts. The Holy Spirit attests to our spirit according to the standard of God’s Word. We make this Word alive in our hearts directly proportional to our relationship with Him.

  8. You said: “Your religious heritage doesn’t insure you salvation.”
    This makes me think of when I witness to people, they often say “I was born and raised Christian”…or most of the time they give the particular denomination. But nobody is really “born” Christian. We must be born-again Christian, as Jesus said in John 3.

    Amen to accepting responsibility of our own sin… January 5, 2006 is when the heaviness of my own personal sin was so heavy on me that I couldn’t bear it anymore and our heavenly Father showed me Jesus on the cross taking MY sin upon Himself…and I deserve to be there on that cross being crucified…but He went for me…and then I saw His precious blood washing away my sins…I realized that I by wicked hands have crucified the Son of God, just like Acts 2:23 says.

    You said we avoid feeling like garbage… But indeed when I felt like garbage seeing my righteousness as filthy rags, this is when I grasped HIS HOLINESS. Isaiah 64:6

    You said: “It doesn’t matter what anybody else contributed, it matters what you did.”
    This makes me think of James 1:14-15:
    But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
    Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin:
    and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

    As you emphasize “I chose…” leads me to Joshua 24:15:
    Choose you this day whom you will serve!

    As you speak of the root of the sin problem, makes me think of Psalm 51:5:
    Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    You speaking that there are no righteous speaks to me a lot because right now the Lord is having me study real intense on righteousness… How we are to depend completely on His righteousness – the breastplate of righteousness guards our hearts.
    We keep our hearts with all diligence when we apply HIS righteousness to our hearts.
    Ephesians 6:14, Proverbs 4:23
    If we look to our own righteousness, we are doomed.

    You said: “You must recognize you are a sinner” Makes me think of Apostle Paul who was definitely among the chiefest of Apostles but instead he referred to himself as the chief of sinners! 1 Timothy 1:15. That’s how I feel, too.

    To be a Christian though is to let Christ manifest in me.
    To be dead to sin and dead to self.

    John 14:6 are the Words of Life that Jesus spoke to me when I was little and drew me to Him the first time and also He drew me back to Him with the same words in 2005.
    All my teenage life I was interested in different philosophies and different religions.
    I used to believe all religions lead to the same God. But the Lord resolved all my issues with the words: “I AM the Way the Truth the Life”!!! Also these 3 characteristics of Christ are illustrated in the tabernacle – the outer court (the Way), the holy place (the Truth), the Holy of holies (the Life). Jesus is not just part of my life. He is not just Number 1. Jesus is my Life.

    You saying: “My life is over” is exactly what John 12:24:
    Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die,
    it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.
    Jesus is the corn of wheat and He has made me corn of wheat, too.
    MUCH fruit is my desire for THE GLORY OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You said: “Being right with God is more important to you than life itself” leads me to
    Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Psalm 63:3

    I love how you say: “Total Surrender”…reminds me of this poem:
    http://touchingtheking.weebly.com/the-choice-to-surrender.html

    You speak of living relationship with the Eternal Creator. This word “Eternal” touches me greatly…brings to me this verse so special to me Isaiah 57:15:
    For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy;
    I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

    If He dwells with us and He inhabits eternity, that means we dwell in Eternity, too!!!
    HOW AWE-SOME IS THAT?!!!!

    You speak of surrendering all thought processes to God… it relates to me greatly now… because I experience as I go higher in the Lord, the mind-battles are more intense,
    so it is bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ in a whole different level… 2 Corinthians 10:5. I’m learning to control EVERY thought as I declare the Word of God out loud in faith.
    It’s good. God has given us the victory. We have the mind of Christ! Philippians 2.

    I totally love this statement you made that really sticks with me the most from your whole message:
    “Being a Christian is not about how bad you were, it’s about how much God loves you.”
    My pursuit is to know the Love of Christ that passes knowledge that i might be filled with ALL the FULL-ness of GOD! Ephesians 3:19

  9. 1.Understand and Accept responsibility for sin, myself and my choices.
    Submit my self, to God wholly without reserving a part of my life for my self.
    Live everyday for the purpose and Will of God, to Glorify God to acknowledge God in all things.
    To share the good news with others and make disciples.

    2. Because this is what is True according to the word of God there is only one way, Jesus is the truth Life and way, of Salvation. Anything else or any other would be a lie.

    3. An Idol would be anything you put first or before God.
    Yes

    4.Greatly!!! And positively for the most part although Non- Christians relationships can Appear to decrease and at times become difficult when looking at things from a world view point.
    Although from the perspective of love understanding that non-Christians live under the rule and reign of Satan we being (In Christ) should see things from the perspective of Jesus (Love) and our desire should be to love them and set them free..

    5.According to the Word of God.

  10. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ! That is a life of dieing to ourselves, picking up our cross and following Him. He causes us to grow until we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ! (Eph.5:13)

  11. The Word of God says He is the way, the truth and the life. John 3:16 says For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, But have EVERLASTING LIFE!

    An idol is anything that we worship that is not God. It could be your car or your children or your house or whatever. Hopefully, we only worship the true God.
    I am praying about not bowing down to the food god! It is important to seek God and ask Him to search our hearts daily!

    If Jesus lives in us, then we are the light of the world. We are salt. We have a message of love! The living God has his tabernacle in us. What an impact that has on the world!

    A follower of Jesus will know and love His word. The Holy spirit will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgement.

  12. 1. To be a Christian means to be someone who takes responsibility for their actions and is willing and able to admit to needing a savior and having done things wrong. Being a Christian also means to recognize God’s love for you and that He has provided this savior in Jesus, and subsequently accept Jesus as your savior.

    2. Jesus must be the only way to salvation because there is no one other than Jesus who doesn’t also need a savior. Slaves cannot free other slaves; they are busy being enslaved! Someone who is locked in a jail cell cannot get the person who is locked in another jail cell across the prison out. However, Jesus does not need a savior and therefore He can save others.

    3. An idol is anything that comes before God in your life. They are things that take your attention and redirects it to things that are not God. It is something – anything – that keeps you from moving closer to God. I do have things in my life that distract me from moving closer to God.

    4. Christianity puts relationships into perspective through the lens of eternity with God. Being a Christian means cleaning out the people you keep close to you and finding people who are also connected to God and being close to them so that you can pour into each others’ lives.

    5. With the Bible.

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