or what are the churches of Christ?
questions about the Churches
of Christ answered by clicking here.
must I do to be saved? Find the Bible answer by clicking here.
- Why don't you sing with musical instrument accompaniment? Find the answer here.
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Why become a Christian? How does one become a
Christian? What about the issue of “church”? Depending on how we answer these questions, we will go in very
different directions religiously. Let’s consider these three topics for a
Why become a Christian?
may sound like a simple question, but the truth is, many people “become
Christians” for reasons that are wrong. Some do no more than follow tradition
or bow to peer pressure. Others may have been deluded into thinking that Christianity
is the path to health or wealth in the here and now. There is, of course, more
than one honourable reason to follow Jesus Christ, but one principal reason
stands above all the others: the desire to be forgiven of our sins. Peter put it plainly when he said that baptism is “an appeal to God for a good
conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”(1 Peter 3:21). When
we are baptized into Christ, the blessing that we seek, more than anything
else, is salvation from our sins.
How does one become a Christian?
someone says, “What must I do to be saved?”(Acts 16:30), he
or she deserves a completely truthful answer. Unfortunately, many inquirers
today are told, “You don’t need to do anything; your faith will save you all by
itself.” In the New Testament, however, it is clear that people did not expect
to receive the forgiveness of their sins until they obeyed the command to be
baptized. Saul, for example, had been a fervent believer for three days, but he
was still unforgiven when Ananias came to him and said, “And now why do you
wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). So
if you’re convinced that you need to respond to the gospel of Christ and are
asking how that is to be done, don’t be content until you’ve heard the whole
truth on the subject of how one becomes a Christian.
What about the issue of “church”?
as many leave out one or more of the initial conditions of God’s grace, many
diminish the importance of the “together” aspect of Christianity after one has
become a Christian. Increasingly, people are content just to be Christians
privately, with no responsibilities to others living near them who have obeyed
the gospel. But in the New Testament, there was not only a private, individual
dimension of the gospel; there was also a collective responsibility. As John
said, “He who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom
he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must
also love his brother”(1 John 4:20-21). In
the Book of Acts, we see that in every place where people obeyed the gospel,
there was a “church” or “assembly” of Christians, a fellowship of believers
working and worshiping together by the Lord’s authority and to His glory (Acts 11:26).
All three of
the above questions are important. For all three, we need accurate answers — from
the Scriptures rather than personal opinion or popular belief.
whatever point you may be in your response to the gospel of Christ, consider
these three questions carefully.
be content until you have obeyed the gospel of Christ as commanded in the
Scriptures and have found a group of Christians to work and worship with who
are faithfully following the Lord’s authority for His people.
Gary Henry www.AreYouaChristian.com