What is a Christian?

Posted: November 17, 2015 in TLCC
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Are we Christians because…

(a) We go to church?
(b) We have said the sinner’s prayer in a camp?
(c) We do things differently like we don’t swear, we don’t smoke, we don’t drink?

What is a Christian? Maybe we should rephrase this…

How do I know I am in a relationship with Christ?

Let’s look up through Luke 10:25-42. We will see two stories, that teaches us what a Christian is.

Read “The Good Samaritan” as well as the story of “Mary and Martha” from the book of Luke.

The question that the lawyer throws is somehow what we ask today…

How do I know I have eternal life? How do I know I’m going to heaven? How do I know I am a Christian?

A Christian is someone who…

(I) Love God

The story of Martha and Mary was clearly a story of priorities. If we love God, we make Him our priority. There’s no BUT or IF, God would be our priority. True love is seen when we start prioritizing a person. In the same way, when we put our whole life for God, when we make Him the first person we talk to in the morning, when in the course of our day, we consciously involve God, then we know we love Him.

Be like Mary. (For the article on Prioritizing God, click here)

A Christian is someone who…

(II) Love Others

We are called to love others. That includes our enemies. That includes strangers. Loving others is understandable when we realize that God has loved us, that He poured His grace on us when we don’t deserve it. Simply put it, we are called to love others.

(For the article on the Good Samaritan, click here)

How would you know you are in a relationship with Christ?

You love Him. He loves you. You acknowledge your relationship (Jesus is Lord!) There was a confession of our sins (Repentance is necessary). You communicate with Him (Prayer). You read His love letter (The Bible). You seek out His friends (Fellowshipping with one another). You tell others about Him (because a person in love can’t help but talk about his love life).

So yeah…a Christian is someone who loves God and loves others.

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