What is a Christian?
"Christian" is a name given to us by people that observed the followers (disciples) of Jesus Christ in the first century. The disciples were first called "Christians" in Antioch. (Acts 11:26)
Why we are "just" Christians?
We are NOT a denomination within Christianity. We are just followers or disciples of Jesus Christ and we only use His name. There is no need to use another. A true church of Jesus Christ is a local body (assembly or congregation) that meets together to worship and learn, love and admonish one another to love and good works.
Becoming a "Christian", follower or disciple of Jesus Christ is simple.
- You must hear the gospel preached. (Romans 10:14)
- You must believe the message that has been preached to them. (Romans 10:9; Hebrews 11:6)
- You must repent of the sins they have committed. (Acts 17:30)
- You must confess that Jesus is the Son of God. (Acts 8:36-37)
- You must be baptized for the remission of sins, demonstrating a commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. (Acts 2:38)
- Having then become a disciple or follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and being called after the name of Christ a Christian, you must live a Christian life as instructed in the New Testament of Jesus Christ. (Acts 11:26; 1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 4:12-19)