Bible Study Outlines – A Christian
[Editors Note: The author of the daily devotions did not create devotions for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany week, for the next seven days we will providing a selection of Bible Study Outlines for your daily reading and edification. We will resume with the daily devotions on Sunday 2/12]
Bible Study Outlines
I What is a Christian?
A. A Christian is a person who acknowledges and believes that he is a lost and condemned sinner in the sight of God and that for Jesus’ sake God has forgiven him all his sins. Romans 5:8-10.
B. False ideas concerning the definition of a Christian:
- A person is a Christian if he leads a morally upright life. (The Bible answers: Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16)
- A person is a Christian if he has been born of Christian parents. (Bible answers: Psalm 51:5; John 3:6; Ephesians 2:3)
- A person is a Christian merely as long as he believes in some kind of “god.” (Bible answers: John 17:3; Acts 16: 30-31)
C. The name “Christian” was first given to the disciples at Antioch. Acts 11:26.
II Description of a Christian
A. The Christian
- is born of the Spirit. John 3:5-7.
- has come to a knowledge of his sins and hopes to be saved alone through Christ his Savior. John 14.6.
- has peace with God and peace in his heart. Romans 5:1.
- thinks, speaks, and behaves like a different person. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
- strives to do only those things which are well-pleasing in the sight of God. Ps. 119:32; Philippians 3:12-14.
B. Scripture especially points out the following characteristics of the Christians:
- Love. 1 John 3:14; John 13:35.
- Continuance in the Word of Christ. John 8:31-32.
- Hearing the Word of God. John 8:47.
- Experiencing the hatred of the world. John 15:19.
III The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian.
A. The Christian hates sin; the non-Christian loves it. Romans 7:15,22.
B. The Christian acknowledges his sin; the non-Christian does not. 1 John 8-10.
C. The Christian loves to follow God’s Word; the non-Christian does not. Psalm 119: 97,103.
D. The Christian seeks the welfare of others (Jacob); the non-Christian does not. (Laban)
E. The Christian puts his confidence and trust in the Lord; the non-Christian does not. 2 Samuel 22:3.
IV A person is either a Christian or a non-Christian.
A. Either blessed or cursed. Matthew 25:34,41.
B. Either on the broad or narrow path. Matthew 7:13,14.
C. Either a child of God or a child of the devil. 1 John 3:10.
D. There is no neutral position. Matthew 12:30.
V What a comfort and joy to be a Christian!
A. The Christians are blessed people in the sight of God. 1 Peter 2:9.
B. The Christians enjoy the gracious protection of the Lord. Psalm 34:7. (David, Daniel, etc.)
C. The joy of heaven awaits them. 1 Pet. 1:4.