An Overview of Christianity
* This article is my personal notes on the Bible and Christianity. This is not professional nor legal advice.
HOW DO I GET SAVED?
* Belief in Jesus. In prayer, ask Jesus into your heart. Reject your sin, pray for forgiveness. What's not technically required but still extremely important? Physical baptism, Church, and studying the Bible, are all nourishing.
* You may take a Membership 101 class at your local Church if you like. When you're ready, you may show others you are following Jesus by becoming baptized in water as Jesus did.
* Think on the Kingdom of God, learn about it. There are many Bible Studies and Sunday Schools, catering to all types of people.
* Follow Jesus and learn about who he is in the Bible, such as a good Student Bible in modern English.
* Never shove someone to believe something against their will. Peer pressure will make them push away.
What is Christianity? What are Christ-ians? Who was Christ?
* The very basics: Jesus Christ died on a cross, to wash everyone of their sins. They are saved if they repent of their sin and ask Jesus into their heart.
Jesus Christ is the central figure that separates Christianity from other religions. Christians believe that he is both God and a man; that he created the world and mankind, and that he is alive today.
Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, probably about 4 BC. He was born to Mary who was a virgin married to Joseph, a carpenter from Galillee. The precise date of his birth is not known, but it is celebrated at Christmas.
He was born around the 4 BC and grew up in Palestine where he taught about God's love and the repentance of sin. He died on a cross for the sins of all humanity. Three days after the crucifixion, Jesus appeared to his disciples, risen from the dead. He sent his disciples out into the world and today millions of people today know the risen Lord Christ and celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is God in human flesh (John 1:1 and John 1:14).
Debates regarding God, and disagreements regarding Christ's nature have occurred since the times of the early church.
Many historians (including non-Christian historians) agree that there is good historical evidence of the life and crucifixion of Jesus. Apart from the Bible, there are numerous mentions of Jesus in historical texts. But perhaps most compelling that Jesus existed is that fact that just a few short years after his death, thousands of people were boldly proclaiming his name and were willing to die throughout the Roman Empire.
Jesus is widely regarded as a great teacher. Throughout the Gospels, people are frequently quoted as addressing him as "Teacher". Jesus often taught using illustrations and stories - parables. His parables often tell of the kingdom of God and the nature of God. Sometimes the meaning is clear, at other times it can seem hidden.
Most of the direct teaching from Jesus' is recorded in the the Gospels. These are 4 books (Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke, Gospel of John) in the Bible. One of the most well know sections of teaching is called the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus called on his followers to live lives of love, loving God, loving family and friends and even loving enemies. Jesus also taught about himself, that it was only through him that a person could come to know God.
The gospel accounts of Jesus' life record numerous miracles that Jesus performed. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and calmed the storms. These miracles act as a testimony to the deity of Christ, as well as to his compassion.
Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem around the year 30 AD. He was executed because of his claims to be the Son of God, which was considered blasphemous by the religious leaders of his day. In his death, the Bible tells us, that he bore all the sins of mankind, so that we could be clean and without sin in the eyes of God. His death is remembered on Good Friday.
What's the Church?
* God lives within us. If you're a believer, you are part of the Church. The Church is the entire group of Jesus followers throughout the world.
Biblical Passages on Outreach
"Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19.
"...proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay." Matthew 10:7-14.
"...I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20.
"...Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness..." 2 Timothy 3:16.
"...it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..." 1 Timothy 2:1-15.
"...the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine..." 1 Timothy 1:8-10.
"For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." 1 Corinthians 1:17.
"praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!" Psalm 150:1-6.
"David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”" Chronicles 17:1-27.
"...Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge......Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers...Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick...You have been treated generously, so live generously...Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light...don't insist on staying in a luxury inn...When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting...gentle in your conversation...Don't make a scene...This is hazardous work I'm assigning you. You're going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don't call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove..." Matthew 10 (The Message).
""Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message).
Beliefs of ONTU.ORG
* We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, accurate and authoritative Word of God.
* We believe that there is one God, never-changing and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
* We believe in the deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
* We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, drawn by the Holy Spirit, a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential.
* We believe there is no other means of salvation than Jesus Christ and we must be born anew in Him. Though God wills all to be saved, and all are invited into salvation, some will indeed be lost.
* We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy and empowered life, and in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit, apportioned and used as He wills and the Word directs.
* We believe in the spiritual unity of all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and we believe the central task of the Church is the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:19-20.
Common Beliefs of the Church
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, accurate and authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, never-changing and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, drawn by the Holy Spirit, a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ is absolutely essential.
We believe there is no other means of salvation than Jesus Christ and we must be born anew in Him. Though God wills all to be saved, and all are invited into salvation, some will indeed be lost.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy and empowered life, and in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit, apportioned and used as He wills and the Word directs.
We believe in the spiritual unity of all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and we believe the central task of the Church is the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:19-20.
What is the very basic mission of the Church?
* Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
* Share the Bible through all the Earth.
What are some clarifications about often misunderstood Bible topics?
* There is some debate about the proper translation of the original Greek into modern English.
* Heaven: There is no marriage in Heaven. Heaven has trees and roads. There are no genders in Heaven, spirit beings are different than Humans.
* Hell: The word Hell is an umbrella term referring to the divorce from God's love and kingdom. The word Hell is not in the Bible, but there are many poetic references to it as a pit, a cage, a lake of fire, among other descriptions.
* There is a great cavern between the living and dead. They cannot communicate with each other.
* Satan was once a mighty angel, who became corrupted and turned against God, and was cast down into Hell.
* Heaven will descend down, merging with a new Earth.
* Humans: Humans have an eternal soul. They cannot become angels, but can become angel-like.
* Angels: Mighty, beautiful creatures. They were never human.
* Demons: Once angels, became corrupt and roam the Earth in some kind of spirit realm. They were never human.
What does the Bible warn us about?
* Follow God's commandments, so you may stay on the straight and narrow path of righteousness.
* Know the signs of the ending days, so you won't be tricked into stumbling.
* Beware the mark of the beast.
* Avoid sexual sin of any kind.
* God hates divorce so take it very seriously.
* Much more. I'll add more later.
1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
(Believe Only in The One True God, The Father of Jesus Christ)
2. You shall not make for yourselves an idol.
(Don't Make or Worship a False God)
3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
(Only Say God's Name In An Uplifting, Humble Manor)
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
(Keep Pure Our Weekly Day of Rest & Worship)
5. Honor your father and your mother.
(Highly Respect Your Parents)
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
(Don't Sleep Around with Anyone You Aren't Married To)
8. You shall not steal.
(Don't Take what Isn't Yours)
9. You shall not give false testimony.
(Don't Falsely Promise to Tell the Truth)
10. You shall not covet.
(Don't Desire What Isn't Yours)
* The Ten Commandments are part of 600-something other commandments in the Bible. On Mt. Sinai, God gave Moses ten laws written on stone tablets (tiles). Read up on the ten commandments at WikiChristian.