Are You a Christian?
Is the Message of Jesus Christ True?
"The question is not whether a doctrine is beautiful but whether it is true. When we wish to go to a place, we do not ask whether the road leads through a pretty country, but whether it is the right road" (Augustus Hare).
(1) Is the message true?
The is the question of first priority whether we're talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ or some other important message. Since what we want to be true has such a strong pull on our thinking, it takes a great deal of honesty for us to set aside personal preference and simply inquire whether what we find in the New Testament is true.
Our decision should be governed by the evidence. As open-mindedly as possible, we should listen to all of the "witnesses" in this "trial," and then render our "verdict" based on the evidence, which may or may not be the same as what we thought it would be.
It addition to honesty, it might also take some hard work. Unlike an ordinary trial where the evidence is brought conveniently before us, our investigation of the gospel will require us to gather up the evidence by diligently searching the Scriptures.
(2) If the message is true, what should we do about it?
All of us know what it's like to see a duty but be afraid to do it. With momentous decisions, there are often some fearful consequences to contemplate. But with the gospel of Christ, if we see it is true (perhaps not wanting it to be true, but having too much integrity to deny the evidence), we must follow where it leads.
On the pages of AreYouaChristian.com, we hope you'll find the help you need in both areas: (1) information to help you discern whether Christ's message can be trusted, and (2) encouragement to help you decide to follow it faithfully.
Encountering Christ in the Scriptures
It is in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ must be investigated. We may listen to what our peers say and we may have our own presuppositions, but in the end, it is the information about Jesus found in the text of the Scriptures that must be decisive.
Similarly, the question "Are you a Christian?" must be answered from the Scriptures. Just as popular stereotypes of Jesus may not be true to his portrait in the Scriptures, popular notions about becoming a Christian may not hold up to investigation either. In both cases, this website encourages honest and courageous study of the information found within the Scriptures themselves.
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Forgiveness, Faithfulness, and Ultimate Hope
Here are three things worthy of our highest seeking. If we're thinking rightly, these are the things we most truly desire in the gospel.
How Important Is Obedience?
Is our salvation conditioned upon anything that we must do? What happens if we disregard what the Scriptures reveal of God's will?
The Restoration Principle: What Is It?
Both as congregations and as individuals, we tend to drift away from the Lord. So "restoration" must always be an ongoing work.
Today's Reading from Obeying the Gospel
Believing the Gospel
Obeying the Gospel
The resources on AreYouaChristian.com are offered as aids, but the important thing is your own personal study of the Scriptures.
You will get the most from these aids if you actually look up the passages of Scripture that are cited, examining not only the particular verse but also the surrounding context.
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These are the daily pages from the book "Obeying the Gospel" by Gary Henry. You can read them here on the website or subscribe and get them by email.
Gives you an audio recording for each day's page from "Obeying the Gospel," read by the author. Available on most of the major podcast directories, like Apple and Spotify.
These are 8-lesson courses you can get by email. There is no obligation. We won't keep emailing you after you finish, unless you want to talk further.
Basic questions are often answered wrongly. With these 20 questions, we are asking, "Are you sure?" Each item deals with what we must do to be saved.
Article by Gary Henry on nine of the most fundamental ideas in the gospel of Christ: sin, grace, conversion, faith, repentance, baptism, hope, obedience, and congregation.
Designed mainly for small-group discussions, these guides look at themes related to obeying the gospel of Christ. Can also be used for individual study.
Four lessons on becoming a Christian, letting the Bible answer each question. Useful for non-Christians, but also Christians who want to deepen their faith.
Thirteen lessons by Robert Turner on what the church is. Deals with some common misunderstandings about the Lord's church. Prepare to be challenged.
A personal appeal
In the digital age, it's hard not to get drowned in data. I hope you haven't seen so much religious information on the Internet that you'll be cynical about this website.
The question "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30) is a question of enormous importance. I've written these materials with a deep sense of responsibility not to misrepresent anything the Scriptures teach on that question. By all means, use the Scriptures to make up your own mind.
I invite you to dig deeply. I've tried to make these studies serious and significant. So I hope you'll challenge yourself. Don't be content with snap judgments and preliminary conclusions. Check and double-check what you think is true. Study carefully. -- Gary Henry
Two big requirements
. . . honesty
It takes an uncommon measure of honesty to DISCOVER the truth, especially on a subject as emotionally charged as religion. Pride and preconceived notions can blind us.
. . . courage
Having discovered what the truth is, we must be willing to FOLLOW it wherever it leads, and that takes courage. May we make whatever sacrifices truth calls us to make.
We plan a growing selection of topics you can study by email. Two different 8-lesson courses are currently available, with more in preparation. There is no cost or obligation.