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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

What Makes A Person A Christian?

What do you think makes a person a Christian? Is it belief in Jesus? Is it accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior? Is it going to church? Is it a person who has been baptized? How? Where? When? Does it matter? What age? Does age matter? Does a certain denomination or group make you a Christian? Is it grace? Is it obeying the will of God? Do you think it is following certain rules that make you a Christian? I really want to know what do you think that makes a person a Christian?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

22 Comments:

Blogger DJG said...

Believing that Jesus is the son of God and choosing to follow him.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Neva said...

Belonging to Him completely fully and wholly.


Peace
Neva

12:06 AM  
Blogger japhy said...

If you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, all those things follow: being baptized, going to church, obeying his commands, behaving a particular way, avoiding sin, etc.

They will know we are Christians by our love. (cf. John 13:35)

7:24 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

A person who has been adopted by God as a son or daughter, through the forgiveness made possible by Jesus. Gal 3:26-27 connects this with baptism. I think that passage assumes belief, repentance, and submission to Jesus as Lord.

11:16 AM  
Blogger laymond said...

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 4:16 Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Paula Harrington said...

Obedience, nothing more nothing less.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Well..hmm...loaded questions there brother..

So if I was to put what I believe simply without a long drawn out explanation I would say its a heart thing..a complete about face with your heart.

12:31 PM  
Blogger jel said...

to me , it is God's grace, and obeying Him, in all!





blessings preacherman!

10:44 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

You are all right!

I would like to add my thoughts on what makes a person a Christian. I underderstand that I am saved by grace (Eph 2)through faith and obedience, which would include: a repentant life, baptism, and discipleship unto death. We must understand that this salavation is a gift of God. Being a Christian is about knowing Jesus not knowing about Jesus but knowing Jeuss. Walking with Him daily with Him. It is about self-sacrifice and being a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1-2). Just my thoughts.

Thanks so much to everyone sharing their thoughts on this subject. I know in the society in which we live today their are many different views on what is and is not a Christian. I appreciate everyones thoughts and attitudes during this discussion.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

They become Christian by sending me a check in the mail for $500. Just to be safe send me $1000.

Seriously though, I think it is an agreement that we are first in need of saving, and relying upon Jesus's sacrifice to save us.

I don't know if this is technically correct, but my pastor said that in order for Nixon to receive a presidential pardon, he implicitly accepted that he did something wrong. Same with us. We have to essentially plead guilty and let Jesus carry out our sentence.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Loki said...

being a freak.
It's really not about being "goody-two-shoes". Any religion can have goody-two-shoes, and "nice generous, obedient".

What is God? God is Love, says so in the Bible. And you know, Love is more cunning and more exotic than you think, how do you think God made such an amazing universe? You think he's some "goody-two-shoe" who go flick his finger like "blah" and everything just becomes? nay.
That's what people think.

But hey, it said so even in the Bible; christians are rare.

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