#faithbites #faithjourney Christian
If I asked you, what was a Christian, could you answer? Would you say you were one or would you say you are a Lutheran or Catholic or Protestant or one of the multitudes of sub-denominations out there? I posted something on facebook today regarding the rules of the Bible and how Jesus changed the laws. Some agreed, some didn’t. During the discussion, I realized, that it is hard to say you are a Christian without having a twenty-minute story of what kind of Christian you are. (Yes, I’m exaggerating here). The truth though is we make it more difficult than it needs to be.
Before I was baptized, I was always confused about the many denominations of Christianity. I also believed that there were only three main Jewish Denominations (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform). I later learned there were a few more. But when I started looking at Christianity, I was so confused. Some of the denominations are so similar but one scripture or one doctrine separates them.
I hear the refrain, What Would Jesus Do. I wonder what he would think if he saw his church today.
Ok, I know I threw a lot of scripture up there. I hope that you find it interesting and fulfilling. The Acts verse is the first time that followers of Christ were called Christians. The funny thing is these weren’t the Christians in Jerusalem. We are told many times throughout the bible that there is one lord, one faith, one baptism, and we should all be a servant of Christ.
I know this #faithbite may upset some. To be honest, I don’t know what Jesus would do if he was here today. I don’t know the right way or the wrong way to worship him. I know that I trust in him, believe in him, and search for answers from his word.
In our church, Lutheran Christian, we have the 5 Solas:
For me, this is all about God, not man. If we follow his word, then we have salvation. The dictionary says a Christian is “a person who has received Christian baptism or is a belief in Jesus Christ and his teachings”. To me, that is pretty simple. You follow Christ’s teaching through the scripture, understanding the parables and how he answered the laws of the old testament. One verse isn’t being a Christian. Full understanding, faith, and study is the path to a Christian life.
I know this may upset some of you. That isn’t my goal. My goal is to understand my faith, share it, and understand Solus Christus – Christ Alone
When someone asks you what a Christian is, do you have an answer? Do you tie your answer to your denomination or is it to the scriptures or a mixture? Can you follow Christ fully and believe in his word? Through the water and the blood, you have salvation.
Lord, help me to live a Christian life. Give me the strength to not get bogged down in doctrine, names, and dogma. Let me always follow your will.