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Pt. 1 - What is a Christian?

The Essentials Series

Pt. 1 - What is a Christian?

Mike Popenhagen


Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Ti 4:16

7 Essentials Christians Believe 

  1. God is the Creator
  2. The deity of Jesus Christ
  3. Jesus is the Son of God
  4. Jesus was born of a virgin
  5. Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin through the cross
  6. Jesus rose bodily from the dead
  7. You must be born again to receive eternal life
And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. - 1 John 1:3


So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

Fall of Man

6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  Genesis 3:6-8

Results from the fall

  1. Spiritually separated from God.
  2. Perfect creation is broken.
  3. Sinful nature spread to everyone.
 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
β€œHe who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  - John 3:16-18

Why Jesus came

  • Jesus came to make a way through the cross.
  • Jesus came to show the way through His life.
  • Jesus came to lead us in the way by His Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus came to give us abundant life.
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. - 1 Corinthians 1:9