Scriptures are quoted from the New International Version Bible.
Today the term “Christian” is typically used to name a person who is a believer in Jesus Christ, usually in the sense of distinguishing that person from people of other religions. However, the true meaning of “Christian” is to be a follower of Christ. “Jesus said, ‘My sheep listen to my voice… and they follow me.’ ” (John 10:27)
To become a Christian, a person must first recognize he is a sinner, believe Jesus died for his sins, and give his whole life and heart to God to obey His will. (I Peter 3:18, Hebrews 10:7, Proverbs 23:10)
A few of our Lord’s instructions are as follows:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24); “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44); do good deeds in secret (Matthew 6:1-4); forgive others (Matthew 6:15). “Seek first