Admit, Believe, Consider, Do…the ABCD’s of Christianity.
There is something to Admit
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
Christians are people who admit that they are weaker, guiltier, and more sinful than they would have ever dared admit.
By nature and by choice we are not in a relationship with God — even though it is for such a relationship that we were created.
And that at the root our lives are self-centered rather than God-Centered, and that we are helpless to break this pattern without the power of God.
There is something to Believe
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
Christians are people who believe that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to earth to become a man, Jesus Christ, and that Jesus died on the cross as our substitute and was raised from the dead in order to offer us complete forgiveness.
Through Christ, we are more loved, valued and accepted by God than we would have ever dared imagine.
There is something to Consider
“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” – 2 Tim 3:12
Christians are people who are not naïve, but who have counted the cost of following Jesus.
Being a Christian involves acknowledging Jesus’ authority and lordship in every area of life, welcoming his work to change us from the inside out, and rejoicing to spend time with him and with his followers in the life of the church.
There is something to Do
“The man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” – Romans 4:5
Christians are people who have received Christ as Savior and Lord by self-consciously turning from sin, self-centeredness, and self-righteousness (the Bible calls this “repentance“) and trusting in Jesus alone for forgiveness and acceptance by God (the Bible calls this “trusting faith”).
– Jules Grisham