SHMC – FAQ’s

What is a Christian?

Christians are those who believe that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, live in communion with God and in the power of the Holy Spirit, and take their place in the fellowship of Christ’s Church.
Acts 11:26, John 1:1-5, 14 – 18
John 14:8 – 11 Hebrews 1:1 – 3

What is a Christian’s calling?

A Christian is called by God to trust and follow Jesus Christ; to keep company with him; to learn from his words and actions; and to share in his mission, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in company with other Christians.

Mark 1:16 – 20, 3:13 – 15, John 20:21 – 22, Acts 1:8

What is the mission of Jesus Christ?

To proclaim the coming of God’s Kingdom, to call people to repent and to receive the Kingdom of God, to turn from their sins and believe the Good News.

Mark 1;14 – 15

What is repentance?

Repentance is turning in sorrow away from sin and turning to God to seek forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ

Luke 3:1 – 14; 15:17 – 20. Amos5:10 – 15 & Psalm 51:1 – 14

What is sin?

Sin is the condition of estrangement from God which affects the whole human race. Sins are specific actions, words or thoughts which arise from our sinful condition and deny the presence, power and purpose of God.

Rom 3:9 – 18 & 23; 7:13 – 20 & Psalm 51:1 – 5

What are the effects of sin?

Sin hinders the effects of God’s grace. It corrupts our relationships with him and with one another, with the world in which we live and with our selves. The effect of sin is discord, where God intended harmony.

Gen 3:14 – 19 James 4:1 – 3

What is the Good News?

That God has acted decisively in Jesus Christ to deal with our sinful condition: that is, he has acted to save us. God offers us his love, forgiveness, acceptance and new life in Christ.

John 3:16 Acts 10:36 – 43

What is salvation?

Salvation is the forgiveness of our sin, deliverance from guilt, and the gift of new life in Christ. It is a process that begins now, gives us victory over death and is completed with God in Heaven.

Mark 2:1 – 4 10:28 – 31 & 45 2 Corinthians 5:18 – 21 Romans 5:15 – 21