What is a Christian?

What is a Christian?

A Christian is one whose life is centred on Jesus Christ.
A Christian is one who is part of a great adventure.

In short a Christian is one who has come to see that in and through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, God the Father has acted decisively to put the world to rights. In believing this, in the sense of trusting or putting the weight of one’s existence on something, the Christian is related, by the Holy Spirit, to Jesus Christ in such a way that they begin a new way of living.

This way of living is marked by faith, hope and love. It leads to a more truly human life as the Christian seeks in the power of the Spirit to grow like Christ in his character and ways of relating to God the Father, each other and the whole created order.

A Christian, on entering this new reality, is incorporated into God's people, the church, and joins in the adventure of participating in God's rescuing purposes played out in the whole of creation.

The Christian's supreme concern is to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to glorify or foster the reputation of God in the sight of all people. This means that, in identifying a Christian, one would hope to find someone who not only acknowledges their belief but demonstrates a concern for justice and, in particular, for the poor.

No Christian is perfect and the great message of God's rescuing forgiveness fosters an appropriate humility and releases the resources to keep going in learning to live the new life faithfully and as fully as may be.

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