What is a Christian? The answer will vary depending upon whom we ask. For some, being a Christian means being born into a Christian family. For others, it means adopting some of the general moral principles taught in the New Testament. Still others may see it as little more than participating in some introductory ritual, such as being baptized, praying the Sinner’s Prayer, or inviting Jesus into their hearts through verbal acknowledgment. According to Scripture, these things are insufficient.
Scripture indicates that faithful Christian living is integral to our identity as God’s people. This commitment to Christ means that we will try to ensure that our speech, behavior, and thoughts conform to the example of Christ. Our goal is to imitate him as perfectly as possible (Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:12).
Though we try to imitate Christ in all things, no one will do everything perfectly. As Paul says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Whether or not we are living as Christ intended hangs as much on how we succeed as on what we do when we fail.
I think most Christians go through a time when they don’t feel their faith. They wonder whether they truly believe or if they are merely going through the motions. We are going to explore a list of things that can help us during those times when uncertainty creeps in. This month, we will examine the following signs:
#2: Abstaining from Sin
#3: Feeling Remorse Over Sin
#4: Hungering and Thirsting for God
#5: Regular Prayer and Bible Study
#6: Seeking to Glorify Christ
#7: Reaching Out to the Lost
I hope you’ll join me for what I intend to be an exciting, encouraging, and edifying look at what it means to be a faithful Christian.