The Gospel Explained and Applied
What does it mean to be a Christian? Do you know? Many people today who call themselves Christians would be hard pressed to explain the term. Some would talk in generalities about doing good. Others would say Christianity means love and putting others ahead of self. Still others would say it means following Jesus, though they have only the vaguest idea of what that really means.
Every Christian needs to read the Book of Romans. It was written to give a reasoned explanation of the faith and to present a lifestyle based on that faith. While the Gospels tell the story of Jesus, Romans examines the message of Jesus. It shows that His gospel is far more than just nice feelings or high moral sentiments. It is truth. It has intellectual content. It makes a difference in the way people think, and therefore in what they believe and then how they live.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12.1-2