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Where can we Agree?

I don’t want to be all negative about Christianity. After all, it is the core of all I believe and do. As weird as Christianity may be, it has a lot going for it.

There are so many denominations (over 30,000 under the general heading of Protestant!). And so many different adjustments to the basics. Are there basics most of us can agree with?

Core beliefs, excerpted from

“The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

Is that a good enough list? Can we accept that if others meet these requirements then we would consider them to be fellow Christians? There are so many other lists of “essentials” that have more. Is this a good enough “least common denominator?” If you talk with someone who agrees to all of the above, can you have reasonable confidence of their eternity?

Not mentioned:

  1. The inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture.
  2. One God exists as Trinity.
  3. Jesus is fully God and fully Man.
  4. Jesus was born of a virgin.
  5. Jesus death was a substitutionary atoning death.
  6. Jesus will return for His people.
  7. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone

What do you consider the core beliefs?

How do you read Matthew 7:21-23?

21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Jesus asked for followers, not believers. Do we know what that looks like? How many followers of Christ do you see in the church today?

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