The central theme of Christianity is the glory of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ, as manifested in the final happiness and holiness of all men.
Christianity is a religion based on the life, teachings and miracles of Jesus. The Christ is Jesus. The word ‘Christ‘ means the anointed one who came to this world, fulfilled the laws and prophecies of Old Testament , sacrificed his life on the cross, and physically rose from the dead. He has two natures divine as well as human. He performed several miracles and is worthy of worship and prayer.
God accepts you just as you are, but He will not allow you to remain as you are.
‘…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8
Christianity as a Relationship
Christianity is more about a relationship than about religious practices. The core foundation of Christianity is the grace-based relationship between God and man. God showers his blessing even on the undeserving. In Christianity, God is the giver and man is the receiver of grace – Romans 8:3.
Who is a Christian?
The word ‘Christian’ literally means, a ‘follower of Christ’ or ‘belonging to Christ’ whose activity, behaviour and speech are like Christ.
Christianity and The Bible state that ‘ a Christian is someone who has been born again by God and has put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:23
The Essentials of the Christian faith
Monotheism. Monotheism is the Christian belief that there is only one God, the God of the Bible to be worshipped and served through whom all things came and through whom we live.
‘ No god was formed before me, nor shall there be any one after me’ – Isaiah 43:10.
The Deity of Christ.
Jesus is our God. ‘I and the Father are one.’ John 10:30
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah promised in the Old Testament to save humanity from the consequences of its sins by the Crucifixion and rising from the dead on the third day by the Resurrection.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. God the Almighty Father had resurrected Him to reveal His awesome glory and power. ‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.’ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Salvation Comes through Jesus Christ Alone. Jesus is the True Lord of our lives. No one enters heaven except by faith in Lord Jesus Christ’s saving work. ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ –John 14:6.
Through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus when we join His family, the Holy Spirit comes to reside in our hearts. We are empowered to live like children of the King. – Galatians 2:20.
It is our sin that separates us from His presence. Sin must be punished. However, because God loves us, He took the punishment upon Himself. All we need to do is to accept God’s gift of salvation through our faith – Ephesians 2:8–9.
God the Father, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all worlds, all Sovereign, loving, powerful, wise, just, perfect, omniscient, omnipotent and infinite in wisdom, goodness and power; in justice, mercy and truth loves us unconditionally and would like us to live eternally with Him in glory. We can get to know God through his love, grace, his power, our prayer, worship, love, and mystical experiences.
God the Son, lived on earth as Jesus who was both wholly God and wholly human, born to, Mary, a woman and conceived of the Holy Spirit. Because of our sin of willful rebellion, we are separated from God. We can never overcome our sin by our individual efforts. God out of His tremendous love incarnated in human form as Jesus who died on the cross to take the penalty for our sins.
The Christian Faith is the based on the experiencing and living in a dynamic and new personal relationship with God. It is trusting God to transform you into a new person by allowing him to place the Spirit into your body and mind to give you a new life.
Christians believe that through their belief in Jesus and in his death and resurrection, they can develop a right and true relationship with God. Forgiveness was assured once and for all through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We work in faith because we know that faith pleases God.
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ’ – Romans 10:17.
Salvation through Grace. Scripture tells us, ‘ It is the gift of God. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and not by your work‘ – Ephesians 2:8-9.
‘ Even though your sins are as red as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow’ – Isaiah 1:18.
Salvation is a divine exchange, an act of Transference. When we surrender totally to God and repent for our sin, God puts the blood of His own Son to our account and cancels the debt we owe Him. God pronounces us ‘ as not guilty’.
Christ-Centred Christian Theology
Christians believe there is one God, whose nature is love; revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.
To manifest his love for the human race, God sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world, to reveal more perfectly the divine character and purposes, to bring life and immortality to light. Jesus represents the grace of God to us. Through every miracle, every parable Jesus is proclaiming, ‘God is good, He loves giving, and I am here, among other things, to prove it.‘ Jesus in fact claims that he is the one you must trust and he is the one who teaches true faith.
Christians believe in life after earthly death. While the actual nature of this life is not known, Christians believe that many spiritual experiences in this life help to give them some idea of what eternal life will be like.
The Philosophy of Christianity: Christianity is a life of personal faith in God and a daily practice of surrender and trust in union with Him and Jesus. Christianity is a call to this life-changing relationship and is also a commitment to personal integrity and truth.
By walking the path of Christ, we will be promoting and exercising proper principles of life that will be well-pleasing to the Father in heaven.
Whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all in the glory of God’– I Corinthians 10:31.
We Are Inseparably Attached to Christ. The life of Christ is our example to emulate. Each of us has his and her origins in Christ.
You are all gods, the children of the Highest” (Psalm 82:6).
We thus emanate from him, we are sustained through him, and we are constantly guided to him. (Romans 11:36).
The Father sees Christ in all of us now on earth. It is by surrendering in trust to the wisdom and the power and the love of Jesus, that the Spirit and the Father lives within us.
‘I have placed before you, this day, both life and death. Choose life, that you may live’ said Jesus. We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. – 1 Tim. 4:10
Christianity includes the belief that everyone will be redeemed from death and have an opportunity to believe, and receive ‘eternal life’.
Five essential principles of Christian faith
God desired that ‘Man, love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”- Matthew 22:37.
Christianity is thus a pre-eminent universal religion. It is for men everywhere and for all times. ‘What binds one, binds all, Love of things true and right.‘
Accept Christ today. Venture onwards!
Be rooted and well established in love. Grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Fly your Christian flag. Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.
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