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Characteristics of a Christian

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2009 by timmayz

– Information and phrases from Guidance and the Voice of God by Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne
– Edited by Jo Wong

Guidance and the Voice of God, a great book, outlines some of the characteristics in determining what to look for in a church, in order to be weary of wrong teachings and preaching.  It describes three areas to look for in the people of the church, and discerning real Christians from “counterfeit” ones.  Similarly, we can use this outline to make sure we are on track in our Christian walk.

  1. Justification by Faith
    In Galatians 1:1-10, Paul emphasises that salvation (being saved from God’s wrath because of our sin) occurs through putting our trust in God and NOT by doing good works.
  2. The Real Jesus
    The true Christian embraces a Jesus who is the Christ and the Lord of all; that he was sent by God to earth, took the form of man and obediently took our punishment for the sins we committed (Philippians 2:6-11)
  3. The Bible
    We use the bible to understand God; God speaks to us through the bible. The Bible must be our source of all information and authority; it helps us to discern right teaching from wrong teaching.
  • “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  This is how we recognise the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” 1 John 4:6
  • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17

So to make sure we are on track, we have to ask ourselves, 1) Do I believe justification by faith? 2) Do I believe in Jesus? and what He did to save me? 3) Do I believe in the authority of the bible?

If you are unsure of anything, chat to your local YF leader.  Guidance and the Voice of God is also a great book to read to find out a little more about God’s perspective on His will in YOUR LIFE!