NOTE: This article is part of our series called ‘Honest Questions’, which seeks to aid those on a spiritual journey to work through some of the biggest questions and obstacles to faith. You can read our introduction to the series here.

An Honest Question

“From everything you’ve said, Jesus, Christianity, and even Christians aren’t what I originally thought. So what does a Christian actually believe?”

The Christian message is pretty straightforward:

1“God saw all that he had made , and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). God made people to enjoy perfect life in his world, in relationship with him, under his loving rule, for ever.

2“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We reject God’s loving rule – we sin. This means we don’t know God and are separated from enjoying perfect life with him, now and in the future.

3“The Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:1, 14). Jesus Christ lived on earth as a man. He is the “Word” – God’s Son, living under his Father’s loving rule. He reveals to us what God is like and shows how great life in relationship with God is.

4“Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus died on a cross. He took the punishment of separation from God that we deserve as sinful (“unrighteous”) people, so that he can give us a right relationship with God.

5“God has raised this Jesus to life…he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured [him] out” (Acts 2:32-33). God raised His Son Jesus back to life. Jesus returned to heaven and sent his Spirit into the world, to enable people to know him and live under his loving rule.

6“Serve the living and true God, and…wait for his Son from heaven…Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). Christians are people who: a) turn away from rejecting God’s loving rule, and try to serve him, b) wait for his Son to return, to remake and rule the world so that it’s perfect again, and c) know they will not face God’s anger at their sin (his “wrath”), because Jesus has rescued them by being punished in their place on the cross.

As you’ve read through these articles, perhaps you’ve begun to realise all of it makes a lot of sense and are perhaps interested in knowing God through Jesus for yourself. We would love to be in contact with you to help however we can! Please send us a note through our contact form so that we can begin to pray for you, and if you are in the Wolverhampton area, we would love to meet you in person should you feel comfortable with that. We also regularly hold a 7 week course for those interested in discovering more about who Jesus is and what it means for you. You can find out more about that here.

FURTHER STUDY

Thanks to the internet, we have an incredible number of resources at our fingertips. In an abundance of information, however, the challenge is often finding the right thing to study. With this in mind, we’ve curated this list of articles and videos for you as you continue your investigation into the topic explored in this article.

Author

  • Timothy Berry

    Tim and Renske met and were married in Toulouse, France. They have three wonderful children: Matthijs, Anouk, and Jaana. Before planting City Church Wolverhampton, they served at Mendham Hills Community Church in Chester, NJ as the Pastor of Worship Arts. Tim is ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA).