MP3 – Message

I have had many a Christian family member ask me if I am a Christian.

 If I have been raised in a church, I will say that my childhood was marked by faith, faithfulness, and a commitment to Christ.

And if I have not, I am confident that it is a matter of personal choice.

However, I would say that it does not follow that I have never met someone who is not a Christian, even if they are not very active in the church or in their own faith.

If you think about it, it is quite simple to be theologically Christian and yet still be a committed Christian, so what does it mean to be “Christian”?

The answer is simple.

I would say it means being committed to the truth of Jesus Christ, and yet being open to God’s grace and the gifts of His grace, which is why, when I meet someone who does not profess to be an evangelical Christian, I ask them if they believe in the Bible.

Or do they want to be like my parents, who were baptized but did not believe in Jesus, and who did not take part in the Reformation, and so on?

I also have met many atheists who claim to be atheists, but still belong to churches.

My question is, what is it that gives them the right to belong to such a faith and still be committed to it?

What about those who say they do not believe or do not attend church, but who are not members of a religious community?

Or those who have never claimed to be Christians and then claim that they are atheists and so I should not ask them what is the basis for their unbelief?

There are many questions to be answered in this issue, but here is a brief summary: What is a Christian?

How can I be a good Christian?

What is the difference between a Christian who is committed to Christ and one who is just following tradition?

What are the four essential elements of a Christian life?

How do I know that I am Christian?

Why is it important to keep a Christian’s life in line with the Gospel?

And the answer to all of these questions is that I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that I should treat the Bible with respect.

The Bible is clear that we must always respect God’s Word, the words of the prophets, and the Scriptures.

But it is not just the words.

It is the practice of the word that is of great importance.

There are four basic elements to a Christian living life: 1.

Faithfulness to God.

This means being a faithful Christian.

It means keeping to the Scriptures, following Jesus, believing in the Word of the Lord, and loving God with all your heart and soul.

2.

Commitment to God in a loving and consistent way.

In the Bible, we find the words “Love God with a spirit of love” (Romans 8:26).

And Jesus himself says, “Love one another, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

And the church, in her love for him, received him into her, being made whole by his love” [Matt.

20:25].

3.

Consistency of action.

Christianity is not an ideology.

We have to live and work as Christians in a way that is consistent with the word of God.

The Bible is very clear about this: The Word is love. 

But we must love and serve others, and not be swayed by our own passions.

The word of Christ, he said, is love that is freely given, not a commandment.

4.

Honesty.

What is honest?

It can be the word and the deed.

A good example of the Word is the one that Jesus gave to the Apostles in Mark (v. 20).

“In the beginning was the Word, and there was no other Word, no God, no creator of things by whom the world was made” (vii).

The Apostles understood that they were writing about God, and they were not writing about something else.

As I have said before, Jesus was the first person to give us a living word of life and truth, and it is the most important thing we have today.

How we live our lives is the first and most important part of being a Christian: To follow Jesus and His teachings and to love God with love.

To do this faithfully and to obey the law of God is the foundation of our Christian life.