What is Christianity?

When it comes to sports, each sport has some basic skills that each player should know.  These are called the fundamentals.  In football, you need to know to wrap up on a tackle, and in basketball, you have to know how to do a basic layup.  These fundamentals and others are important for players to know, no matter what level they are playing at.  If we want to maintain a healthy relationship with Christ, we too must know the fundamentals of our faith to help us in our journey.  These fundamentals are the basic things that we should know when walking out our relationship with Christ.
     Did you know that there are more that 20% of professed Christians who cannot say they are certain that there is a God? How can a person profess to be a Christian, but not be certain?  If I am not mistaken, a majority of Americans label themselves as Christians,  but just because they label themselves that way doesn’t necessarily mean that they are.  That leads to the question, What is a Christian anyway?  A Christian, simply put, is a follower of Christ and His teachings.  Even more so, a true Christian is not just a follower but one who has completely surrendered their life to Christ.  One writer in scripture writes that it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.  A Christian is a person who has willingly surrendered to Christ, and by doing so have allowed old things to die, and awaken to new life in Christ.  When Christ becomes the center of your life, it leads to transformation.
     Let’s look at Matthew 3:7-9, “But when he saw many coming from among the wealthy elite of Jewish society[a] and many of the religious leaders known as Pharisees[b] coming to witness the baptism, he began to denounce them, saying, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to slither away like snakes from the fire of God’s judgment?[c] You must prove your repentance by a changed life. And don’t presume you can get away with merely saying to yourselves, ‘But we’re Abraham’s descendants!’ For I tell you, God can awaken these stones to become sons of Abraham!”(TPT)  I want you to notice what John the Baptist tells the Pharisees here. He says that they must prove their repentance by a changed life and that they can’t just get away by saying that they are the descendants of Abraham.  In other words, just saying your a Christian isn’t enough.  Being a Christian leads to a life that has been transformed.  Old things have passed away!  Your desires begin to be transformed to God’s desires.  You began to be convicted about things that use to not bother you.  This is the sign of a transformation to a pure heart.  We become awakened to the leading of the Spirit.  Romans 8:14 tells us that all who are led by the Spirit are the Children of God.
     The truth is people can go to hell with baptismal water dripping from their face, they can go to hell with a choir robe on,  they can even go to hell preaching behind a pulpit,  but a true Christian is one who has a relationship with Jesus, and because of that relationship, their life is being transformed to be more like HIm!!