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What Is a Christian? - Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series (McGraw)

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What is a Christian? This is a truly vital question because never-ending happiness or everlasting horror hinges upon understanding the correct, biblical answer to it. Yet few questions have provoked so much confusion. Ryan McGraw lays out what it means to be a Christian in terms of what one believes, what one experiences, and what one does—a full-orbed Christianity of head, heart, and hands. If you are investigating what it means to follow Jesus Christ, if you are wrestling with the question of whether you are truly saved, if you desire to grow as a Christian by getting back to the basics, or if you are seeking to help others, here are simple and clear answers from the Holy Scriptures.


What a Christian Believes: The Word of God

- Creation by the Triune God

- Fallen Man the Sinner

- Christ the Divine Redeemer

What a Christian Experiences: Union with Christ 

- Conviction of Sin and Repentance toward God 

What a Christian Does: Obedient Love

- Love for God

- Love for God’s Law

- Love for God’s People

Are You a Christian?

- To the Non-Christian 

- To the Professing Christian 

- To the True Christian 

Series Description

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.


Ryan McGraw is pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, California; research associate, University of the Free State; adjunct professor of systematic theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


“‘What is a Christian?’ This is a vital and necessary question. Ryan McGraw tells us at the outset that the issues at stake are momentous, leading to eternal blessedness or eternal perdition. The author’s single concern is to explore the Bible’s answer to this question. In doing so he engagingly confronts us with what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Read and be led, by grace, to Christ, the Christian’s sole hope and glory.” — Ian Hamilton, minister, Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, England