Rooted in What it Means to be a Christian

By Pastor Derick Easter, November 17, 2020

Rooted in what it means to be a Christian Derick Easter Pastor/Teacher

Rooted in what it means to Become a Christian

  1. Acknowledge the Problem: We have all sinned, and that sin separates us from God • “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 • "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

  2. Discover the Solution: Jesus • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 • "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God." I Peter 3:18

  3. Respond: Believe, Repent, Confess, Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior • “...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” Acts 16:31 Romans 10:9

Rooted in what it means to Die as a Believer and an Unbeliever

As a believer what happens when I die? First, for the believer in Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that after death believers’ souls/spirits are taken to the presence of God. (John 3:16, 18, 36). (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23).

At the resurrection of believers, the physical body is resurrected, glorified, and then reunited with the soul/spirit.

What about Non Believers? Second, for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment. However, similar to the destiny of believers, unbelievers also seem to be sent immediately to a temporary holding place, to await their final resurrection, judgment, and eternal destiny. Luke 16:22-23 Revelation 20:11-15

Therefore, after death, a person resides in a “temporary” heaven or hell. After this temporary realm, at the final resurrection, a person’s eternal destiny will not change.

Rooted in Sharing our Faith with Others:

To share the Gospel, you can follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Tell them about God’s plan—peace and life. (John 3:16). He has a plan for you.
  2. Share our problem—separation from God. (Romans 3:23). (Romans 6:23).
  3. Talk about God’s remedy—the cross. (1 Peter 2:24).
  4. Our response—receive Christ. (John 1:12).