There are many ways to explain and define Christianity but perhaps you had not thought of this one. Think of it as a journey to eternity across a sea of C’s. Each wave will start with the letter C. Of course there are many, many more waves to consider and many that don’t start with C.

CURIOSITY. To those who have never sailed on this sea and are honest seekers, it may be a trip of adventure and CONFUSION. Why does Christianity have so many groups who seem to CONTRADICT each other? How can I ever discover the right path to eternity? The answer is somewhat similar to the person seeking to find a glass of pure water. Instead of tasting the water of every possible stream and finding them polluted, go to the source—the clean spring from which the others once started. For Christians this is the Bible and the Bible only.

The next wave might be CRITICISM of ones who attempt to bring these travelers over to their way of teaching which is contrary to Christ’s teaching. This is often fair criticism and was why Jesus rebuked the teachers of the law and the Pharisees of his day (Mt 23:15).

By this time the searchers might be starting to have a CONSCIOUSNESS or awareness of their ultimate death and judgment. They are close to being CONVICTED of their rebellion against their creator and feel some guilt. They are now on the wave of CONFESSION which is a public proclamation of one’s belief in Jesus as their Savior and Son of God (Rom 10:10).

They desire to be a new CREATION through faith and obedience (Acts 2:38) (Acts 22:16). They are now a new CONVERT and begin to have the COMFORT in their soul they never could find before. They can now form a CONNECTION to other travelers who have been on the same journey. The sea that seemed so wild has now been calmed by the one who created it—Jesus Christ (Col 1:15-20). They can make a life long COMMITMENT to him and put their soul under his care (Mt 10:28).

Oh, there will still be waves but they can declare with the Apostle Paul and the beautiful hymn taken from this verse, “… I know whom I have believed in and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve COMMITTED unto him against that day.” (2 Ti 1:12)

—Jim Bailey