A biblical Christian has repented of their sin and of doing things their way. They have asked God to forgive them and have asked Jesus to come into their heart and be their Lord and Savior.
They learn from the Bible that Godís plan of salvation includes entering into Christís crucifixion and resurrection. They are glad to hear that all they have to do is live by faith--faith that their old man or carnal nature is crucified and faith that they have been resurrected from the dead and given new life--the life of Christ.
They understand that Jesus is the blueprint and He will recreate them in His image as they yield to Him.
They have a game plan and that is to spend each day listening to and learning from the Lord.
They renew their mind with the Holy Bible and have a servantís heart toward God. They take pleasure in loving, witnessing, and ministering to people o9f all walks of life because Jesus lives in them and they are a member of His body and therefore happily do His thing.
They have been relieved of the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things. Their life is hid with Christ in God. This world is not their home. Their burden is light and their yoke is easy. They have a glorious and eternal future. For now, they are willing to suffer rather than to fail to please God, if it is necessary to their particular ministry.
They practice looking in the mirror of the Word and when they walk away, they remember what they look like because they are doers of the Word.
The put on the full armor of God and stand against the enemy.
They long to congregate with like-minded people so that, as a body, they can help one another live, move, and have their being, in Christ.
They abhor the thought of a worldly church and understand that the church is built upon the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. And they understand that God ordained the church to be a place where Christians urge one another on to love and good works.
That church is a tight-knit group of like-minded people who walk by the spirit and not by the flesh. They operate the same as the human body--all having their unique function, yet always working as a unit, being single-minded on serving the Lord.
In answer to Don Beers' comments--I wrote this article in answer to someone else' question and I thought my answer so good that I posted it. I consider it crucial to the body of Christ to line up with the Bible teachings that I listed. I am grieved that you were offended. I suggest that we are not on the same page and that it would be best that we not to try to be on the same page. God Bless you.
This reads more like a technical manual and although you likely didn't mean it; it lacks the "heart" of unity one would expect from the context. Is this really what you meant to say? If so, then I can safely say that I will not be an avid follower of your work. What is missing is the "identifying" of YOU with your readers. It's hard to be "like minded" with one who seems to withhold that which is on their minds. Did you mean to do this?
A very informative and revealing article, may I add that Biblical Christianity does not look up to idols, pray to human beings long dead ("saints") as representatives or intercessors/mediatrix, does not uphold man-made rituals and traditions, man-made doctrines of man-conjured myths and sacraments, and does not look up to a "holy father" (pope) as infallible representative of God. We cannot be mild with declaring the truth of God for the sake of peace or compromise
and TRUTH in God's Word is always strong, not mild.