God’s love is foundational
The Center for Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimates that there are currently 47,000 Christian denominations in the world. What that means is that if being a Christian is about have the perfectly right set of beliefs, you have only a 1 in 47,000 chance of getting it right (and that’s assuming that all 47,000 denominations have a church in your hometown!).
While beliefs and creeds have a role to play in the Christian life, on a more foundational level, what it means to be a Christian is that we are supposed to be people who have had an experience the unearned, undeserved, unmerited love of God (what we in the church call “grace”).
The experience of this love – this grace – is the foundational Christian experience. It’s ultimately what makes a Christian a Christian.