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Believer Vs. Christian

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What is a Believer?

John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Core Beliefs:

A believer is a child of God.

John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

A believer is eternally saved.

John 1:12
1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

A believer is saved

John 5:24 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

What Does a Believer Believe?

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.

Matthew 16:16 NKJV
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
What is a Christian
A believer is saved ().

What is a Christian?

John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Acts 11:26 NKJV
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
A believer is a child of God ().
John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
A believer is eternally saved.
Acts 26:28 NKJV
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
The Believer’s Beliefs
1 Peter 4:16 NKJV
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

, the Son of God.

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Matthew 16:16 NKJV
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
John 11:27 NKJV
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
John 11:27 NKJV
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Matthew 16:16 NKJV
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus gives eternal life

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John 20:31 NKJV
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Jesus gives eternal life (; ).
1 Timothy 1:16 NKJV
However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

Certain Benefits:

A believer is saved ().

1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

A believer is a child of God ().

John 1:12 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

What is a Christian?

What is a Christian?

The term Christian occurs only three times in the New Testament:
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“Christian” is equivalent to “disciple.”

The word was was coined by unbelievers, perhaps an an expression of contempt or disrespect, or possibly as a pun. Rather than "followers of the anointed One", they were "the goody-goody bunch" or "members of the household of Goody-Goody" (Greek chrestos, xrhsto/j, often meaning "good" or "moral" in Hellenistic Greek). Source: Dr. Robert D. Luginbill, https://ichthys.com/mail-the-name-Christian.htm.
Acts 11:26 NKJV
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
It was coined by unbelievers, perhaps an an expression of contempt or disrespect, or possibly as a pun. Rather than "followers of the anointed One", they were "the goody-goody bunch" or "members of the household of Goody-Goody" (Greek chrestos, xrhsto/j, often meaning "good" or "moral" in Hellenistic Greek). Source: Dr. Robert D. Luginbill, https://ichthys.com/mail-the-name-Christian.htm.
Possibly it is a pun. Rather than "followers of the anointed One", they were "the goody-goody bunch" or "members of the household of Goody-Goody" (Greek chrestos, xrhsto/j, often meaning "good" or "moral" in Hellenistic Greek). Source: Dr. Robert D. Luginbill, https://ichthys.com/mail-the-name-Christian.htm. Dr. Robert D. Luginbill served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is presently Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Dr. Luginbill is the author of "Author of Illusions: Thucydides' Rewriting of the History of the Peloponnesian War" (Newcastle upon Tyne 2011), and "Thucydides on War and National Character" (Boulder, 1999), along with numerous other articles on Greek literature, history and historiography. He is also the author of the Ichthys.com Christian website (Bible Study for Spiritual Growth).
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. By the time of Paul’s imprisonment, the term Christian had become widespread, as even Herod Agrippa used it to refer to the sect previously known as “The Way.”
Acts 26:28 NKJV
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
. Being known as a Christian could invite persecution.
1 Peter 4:16 NKJV
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
1 Peter 4:16 NKJV
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
The term “disciple” occurs hundreds of times in the New Testament.
In the Gospels, primarily it refers to the 12 Disciples.
In Acts, it refers to the entire Christian community. Acts also makes frequent mention of belief and baptism, which was assumed to be true of all disciples.

Jesus has a program for discipleship.

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Beginning discipleship requires baptism and instruction in Christian living.

Matthew 28:19 NKJV
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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Intermediate discipleship requires adherence to Christ’s instruction.

John 8:31 NKJV
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
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What is the Church?

Advanced discipleship requires total commitment.

Luke 14:26–27 NKJV
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

What is the Church?

Individuals: a community of believers becoming disciples.

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By imitating Christ, as seen in others.

1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
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By diligent effort.

2 Peter 1:5–7 NKJV
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Institution: an organization dedicated to producing disciples.

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
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The church is a teaching organization.

Acts 11:26 NKJV
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
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The church is a training organization.

Ephesians 4:11–13 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

What Must the Church Teach to Make Christians?

Evangelism

Doctrine

Lifestyle

Service

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