Monday, April 16, 2012

What is Christianity? - Cheryl's sharing-

  1. What is Christianity?
Christianity is a relationship with the true and living God through the person of Jesus Christ by whom we are forgiven of our sins.
Followers of Jesus Christ were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because they believed in Christ and followed His example. *(Antioch is the modern day Antakya, located in Southeast Turkey).
Christians believe that:
a)      There is only one God, the creator of everything that exists (Isaiah 43: 10b - 12), (Isaiah 44: 6b-7), (Isaiah 45: 12).
b)      God is a Trinity God (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) - (Hebrews 1: 3a) (John 10: 30)
The word “Trinity” comes from the Latin noun “trinitas” meaning “three are one”. The Trinity expresses the belief that God is one Being made up of three distinct Persons who exist in co-equal essence and co-eternal communion as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We as Christians are called children of God (John 1: 12-14)
c)       Jesus is the Christ (Anointed One) from God the Father who came to this world, (Colossians 1:15-18) fulfilled the Old Testament laws and prophecies (Isaiah 7: 14-15) (Isaiah 9:6-7), died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (Romans 5: 8) (Luke 24: 46-48), rose from the dead physically (Luke 24: 39-40) and ascended into heaven (Luke 24: 51).
d)      Salvation is through the grace of God
A definition of the Christian doctrine of salvation would be “The deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin, which is granted to those who accept by faith, God’s conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus”.
Scripture is clear that salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is only available through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Why Did Jesus Had to be Crucified?
When Adam and Eve rebelled, man was separated from God through sin. (Isaiah 59:2) God’s holiness and justice demand that sin and rebellion be punished. The only payment for sin is eternal death. (Romans 6:23). However, our death is not sufficient to atone (pay) for sin because atonement requires a perfect, spotless sacrifice, offered in just the right way.
Jesus, the one perfect God-man, came to offer the pure, complete and everlasting sacrifice to remove, atone and make eternal payment for our sins, (1 Peter 1:18-19) thus restoring our relationship with God and removing the separation caused by sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
e)      Christ will come again (2nd coming) ( 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18).

  1. What is Anglican Church?
An Anglican Church is part of the original Church founded by Jesus Christ (Colossians 2: 18a) when He commissioned His disciples to go into the world to preach the Good News.
An Anglican Church is a:
a)      Biblical Church – We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God (John 1:1-3). As God’s Word to us, the Bible is the lens through which we view and evaluate all other claims to truth.
b)      Liturgical Church – The Book of Common Prayer is the prayer book of our church, which contains the format for how we conduct our worship services. The congregation will participate in worship by reading Scripture, receiving the Sacraments and saying prayers together. The seasons of the Church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost) and sacred music (centuries old and modern) are important parts of our church life.
c)       A Sacramental Church – We believe in the two sacraments (rituals that are highly symbolic): Holy Baptism (administered once to each person either in their infancy or later in life and the Holy Communion, described by Louis R. Tarsitano (An Outline of an Anglican Life) as :
      … the reception by the power of the Holy Ghost of Christ’s Body and Blood, instituted by Christ himself at the Last Supper, for a remembrance of His one sacrifice of Himself once offered as a full, perfect, and sufficient satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.
We recite the Nicene Creed, as a statement of our faith before the Holy Communion. During Holy Communion, we received consecrated bread (symbolizes Christ’s Body) and dip it into the chalice filled with wine (symbolizes Christ’s Blood) and say thanksgiving prayers in our heart.

  1. What is the authority of the Bible?
a)       God-breathed
When Christians say that the Bible is inspired, they are saying that it is "God breathed."  
2 Tim. 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate and equipped for every good work." 
The word for "inspired" is the Greek qeovpneustos, "theopneustos," which means "God breathed."  In other words, this means that the Scriptures are authored from God, and that God moved through the personality and abilities of the biblical writers in such a way that what they wrote was without error and was correct in everything that it addressed.

b)      Uncorrupted
When the Bible is translated, it is translated from the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts (original language) into our language. It is a one-step process and not a series of steps that can lead to corruption. Therefore, the translations are very accurate and trustworthy in regards to what the Bible originally said.


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