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Welcome to the FAQ for module 11—jump. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. What do I need to believe to become a Christian?
Someone becomes a Christian when they can say that they sincerely believe five things:
- That Jesus of Nazareth was a real person.
- That he was the Messiah.
- That as the Messiah, he was both God and human.
- That he died to take God’s punishment for their sins.
- That he rose again on the third day and returned back to his Father.
Believing that much, that person then turns in faith to this risen, glorified Christ, abandoning any confidence in self or anyone or anything else to make themselves acceptable to God, and embracing (receiving, taking, trusting) that living glorified Christ as the only one who can make them right with God.
Q 2. How much faith do I need to have to become a Christian?
It is not the amount of faith but the object of faith that is important.
Q 3. How do I get faith?
Faith is simply believing that Jesus the Messiah died to take God’s punishment for our sins and rose again from the dead as a result, and personally receiving (owning, trusting) the Jesus who died (see Q 1 above). The good news about Jesus is not hard to understand but it is very hard to accept. It is wonderful to realise that anyone can understand the good news about Jesus!
Q 5. What changes can a person expect to see in their life after they become a Christian?
Becoming a Christian leads to some big changes. This is to be expected because when someone becomes a Christian they are born into a new family (John 1:11–12). These changes come as a result of being ‘born again’—they are not the means to being born again. We are saved by faith (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8–9), not by making changes.
Q 6. Can new Christian be certain about their salvation? Is assurance important?
Yes, a new Christian can be certain about their salvation. When the Bible talks about someone becoming a Christian, it uses the language of absolute certainty. It is vitally important that a person is reminded that they know for sure that they have salvation.
Q 7a. Why is it important to think about hell?
Because everyone will exist forever in either heaven or hell.
Q 7b. What is hell like?
Hell is a place of everlasting, irreversible conscious torment.
Q 8. Isn’t hell just the absence of God?
No. Hell is torment because God is there exercising his judgement (Revelation 14:10–11).
Q 9. Isn’t hell just for Satan and his angels?
No. Hell was designed for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41) but is shared by human beings who do not believe in Christ (Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:8–10; Revelation 14:9–11; 20:11–15).
Q 10. Are there different levels of punishment in hell?
That’s what is strongly implied in the New Testament.