(Closed) NWR: I'm saved…advice

posted 5 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I actually think that’s a deeply personal and individual question that each person has a different answer to. I also don’t like the term “saved” but I consider myself to be a Christian. I still drink (we actually brew our own beer too!), occasionally cuss, etc.  To me, my faith has more to do with having a personal relationship with God, trying to be a good person, and helping others, and showing God’s love for all of us through loving others.  I’m sure others would have a different answer. Best of luck to you on your journey to finding that answer for yourself! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FluffyFTW:  +1

I also don’t like the term “saved” because if it was that easy then, well, you know. But I feel that it opens the door to trying to live a good life, being charitable towards others, kind, loving, serving, basically following our Savior’s example. I feel that once we believe, accept, and love our Savior, then it gives us that knowlege to know how we need to be. It’s not easy, trust me, but it’s so worth it and so fulfilling 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@happysmiles:  Being saved means you’ve given your heart, soul and life to Christ with the hope of eternal salvation.

It has nothing to do with living a “church” lifestyle.  At all. 

I’m “saved” and a Christian.  However, I make my own choices and live my life as a responsible, mature, loving and kind person.  I also party, drink, cuss like a sailor and don’t attend church unless I’m in the mood to.  Do I care what they think?  Nope.

Don’t allow anyone else’s opinion to matter more to you than your own.  Don’t feel obligated or pressured to follow the “rules” of man-made churches.  They’ll all say different things.   

Now that you have dedicated your life to God, read the Bible and pray.  Listen to what others tell you as far as their opinions on lifestyle goes, but don’t think for a minute that they have any more of a line to God than you do.  Don’t let anyone else make choices for you, think for yourself.

Blessings!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@FluffyFTW:  I agree that it’s deeply personal, and entails a relationship with Jesus and that it means a lot of different things for different people. Christians differ in so many views–drinking, dancing, dress, manners of spreading the Gospel, baptism… I could go on and on.

That being said, I think that being “saved” as you state it, has the same meaning at its core for every Christian… I’ll try my best to be comprehensive and brief– basically that we had a creator God, who loved us so much that He gave us free will. Having free will, all humans rebelled against our perfect God, hence the saying “nobody’s perfect.” We all sin, even those who are “good people.” God loved us so much that even while we were sinners, He sent his blameless Son, Jesus, to suffer the penalty for our sin (death) so that we could have a relationship with him. If we want to become Christians, we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, and come into a personal relationship with him, in which love and discipleship follow because of our gratitude for what He did for us.

Personal relationship is a vague term though. Since this is a wedding forum, I’ll use the husband analogy. When you’re in a relationship with your S.O., you love them, want to please them, and realize you have a responsibility to them. Same thing with God. It entails doing what you can to find out what will please God, what will show that you love him, and doing things that you don’t necessarily enjoy because of your responsibility to him.

That’s just the beginning! Just like @MusiqueEstVie:  said, discipleship, love and following Jesus’ example is sometimes very difficult. Christians are not “better than so and so” or “perfect” by any means. Christians still struggle with sin all the time, but they are freed from guilt and are able to move on and have “new life,” as it were. And a Christian who knows Jesus well will tell you that he or she can take no credit for any part of the “new life” or “salvation” that they have. The credit goes to Jesus. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. FOr we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:4-10. Actually, I think the whole chapter of Ephesians 2 can answer a lot of questions.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Sunfire:  I agree! Churches are run by humans. If you try to follow a church, or a specific leader of a church etc., you wil just get confused because they all say different things. Read the Bible instead!! 🙂 EDIT: I meant to add that this doesn’t necessarily mean you should refuse to attend a church and only read the Bible! By all means, attend church!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@toasty:   I’ve been there, with the confusion.  I finally realized that God is Love.  End of story, lol.  Smile

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@happysmiles:  Being “saved” means you have an understanding of what Christ did on the cross, taking the punishment for every. single. sin as lined out in His word…. Your sin, my sin, killed Him….. That he loved you, us, that much and in return we live devoted to following Him.

In this age, there are a vast number of opinions on what it means to be a Christian, so my best advice is to just go to God’s Word about it. Jesus actually lined out what a follower of His looks like in many places, one being Luke 14.

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

How we live IS a HUGE part of being a follower/embassador of Jesus, BUT it’s not our focus. Rather…. just like any relationship, it’s about getting to deeply know Him and letting that be what changes us. He changes us to be more like him in EVERY facet….. in His love AND in His truth. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first His kingdom and any & everything we need to have/know/do will be added to us. Just spend your time seeking Him in his Word and prayer and He WILL lead you.

It’s an AMAZING journey and I can say that coming to that place where you’ll follow Him no matter what is humbling but so fulfilling. It’s not easy, and does call to give not just alot up but ALL of yourself up, but I know that my life is better than I could’ve EVER had continuing living how I thought was okay. I’m excited that now you’re on that path too and pray that in this day you’ll stay strong and true to Christ and not be waivered by this very tempting and very lax world. Feel free to pm ANY time if you have any other questions regarding scripture or this new Christian living.. it’s what we’re here to do… encourage and exhort each other. =)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@happysmiles

You have already gotten a lot of good clarification from adenosine3phosphate and amnystik.

So, I just wanted to congratulate you on such an awesome life decision! And encourage you to get into a good bible based church, submerge yourelf in the living word of God, the bible-get to really know it, and just continue to try your best every day to build your relationship with Jesus Christ, he will help you every step of the way and you will with his help grow into all that he intends for you to be. 

I dont even know you but i’m proud of your decision and your wisdom to seek out the knowledge about it, God Bless!

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