What Is A Christian?
Who is Jesus Christ?
A Christian is a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and has a personal relationship with God as he or she wholeheartedly trusts in Jesus Christ and seeks to follow Him in obedience. There is no other way to the Father, no other way to be a Christian, than through personal faith in the Son of God. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus said. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
What's so special about the Bible?
Christian belief is that the Bible is the word of God, revealed to Man. God’s word is true, unchanging and eternal.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16 (NAB).
Proof that the Bible is the word of God is found in 1 Peter 1:23:
“You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God…”
Who wrote the Bible?
The Bible was written by several writers over an approximate period from 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D. However, the answer is that ultimately God himself was the author. Throughout the Bible we see men and women who God used as his instruments in bringing divine messages. The Bible was written by humans, but is ‘God-breathed’, i.e. the spirit of God inspired the Bible writers to convey an accurate and true message – the very words of God himself.
Why do Christians pray to God?
Christianity uniquely emphasises that a Christian can have a personal relationship with God. We should regard prayer as being the talking part of the relationship and a two way process at that. Jesus himself set down the model prayer for all Christians:
“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:9-13 (NAB).
Prayer has the benefit of drawing us into a deeper relationship with God – as we pray we learn more about his will for our lives.
How can Jesus be both God and Man?
In John 1:14 we read that “…the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”
This is what Christians call the Incarnation: Christ was truly God and yet truly man. His two natures were not merged or confused in any way, but were totally separate. Christ could identify with every human emotion (he wept for example – See John 11:35), yet as God he had the authority to forgive sins (see Luke 5:20).
Paul expressed his belief in Jesus position as truly God and truly man as follows:
“For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily.”
Colossians 2:9 (NAB).
Why did Jesus have to die?
The Bible tells us in Genesis 3 that sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden. As human beings, all of us inherit a sinful nature – we are by nature, sinners (Romans 3:23). By the very fact that God is holy, he cannot overlook human sinfulness. Romans 6:23 and 1 Corinthians 15:22 tell us that our sin leads to death and not just separation from God.
To restore mankind to God, some satisfaction had to be made for the sins of humanity. However, no human being could ever make that satisfaction. Instead God sent his son – Jesus Christ, to pay the price for us. As God, his death as the lamb of God would be sufficient.
The most famous explanation is that found in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NAB).
About The Pastor
Pastor Herbert Miraflor came from the Philippines to the USA simply following his faith and a call from God. In 2001, Pastor Herbert and his wife Merly started the church in Glendale with only 12 members (4 of whom were the Miraflor family itself). They gathered together every Sunday afternoon in a large hall on Los Feliz Blvd. where we still meet today.
Through God’s grace and Pastor Herbert & Sister Merly’s faithfulness, the Gospel has reached hundreds of people worldwide through their committed support to missions. The Miraflor family is a beacon of light and a living testimony of Jesus’ love.