My name is Kristen Harper, and I have been teaching Sunday School at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California for 13 years. I help other Christian women Sunday School teachers to prepare their hearts and mouths to teach everything in the Bible so that God is glorified, children grow in their love for God and His Word, and families are blessed. I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a Sunday School teacher, a home school administrator, an author and a speaker.
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What does it mean to be a Christian?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16. The Bible says that we were created by a personal God to love, serve and enjoy endless fellowship with Him (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-31; John 3:16; 1 John 4:19). God is holy, and requires our holiness, but He cannot approve evil (Leviticus 19:2; James 1:13). All people have sinned, disobeying God’s laws and falling short of His perfect standards; therefore, we deserve the punishment for our sins which is death and separation from God forever in hell (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). That’s the bad news.
The good news is that God, being rich in mercy, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from hell and give us eternal life with God (John 3:16). Christ’s life satisfied God’s demand for holiness, and Christ’s death satisfied God’s demand for justice. Salvation for our sins in a free gift God offers by grace (we don’t deserve it), by faith (not by our works) through Christ alone (Ephesians 2:1-10).
So how can you be saved? “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9. True faith is always accompanied by repentance, which is turning away from sin and pursuing righteousness, obeying God not because we must work to save ourselves but because we want to show love to our Lord and Savior (John 14:5). All of this good news is preserved for us in the Bible, God’s holy Word written for all time (John 20:31).