What do Christians Believe?
There are three main things which Christians beleive:
- That there’s a God who created all things
- That he touched this planet in a special way 2000 years ago when he sent his son, Jesus, into this world on the first Christmas Day (the incarnation)
- That Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised to life again after 3 days (the resurrection).
Christians understand God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father – God created each one of us and loves every human being as God’s beloved child.
Son – God revealed himself in the historical person of Jesus and it’s through his life, death and resurrection that we know and love God, and make sense of life, before and after death.
Holy Spirit – Jesus told his disciples that he wouldn’t leave them alone and that when he went away another helper would come to them. This helper is God’s Holy Spirit who is alive, loving and active today.
What is a Christian?
You could look in a dictionary to find an official answer to this question – the Oxford English Dictionary defines a Christian as:
1. A person who has received Christian Baptism;
2. An adherent of Christ’s teaching.
Whilst there’s nothing wrong with these definitions they don’t really capture the full depth of what Christianity is all about. Being a Christian is all about relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the relationships we find with other Christians because of that.
How Does Being a Christian Affect Your Life?
Being a Christian involves much more than going to church.
When you become a Christian you start on a life-long journey of following Jesus’ teaching and example. This will mean trying to apply what we know of God through Jesus to every area of life.
Some important aspects of a Christian life are:
- Reading the Bible;
- Seeking a fairer society throughout the world;
- Repentance and Forgiveness;
- Exploring spirituality;
- Learning more about God.
Do I Need to go to Church to be a Christian?
It is possible to be a Christian without going to church but to really have a full relationship with God you do need to have relationships with other Christians and the easiest way to develop these is to go to your local church.
If you are thinking of going to church for the first time or are considering coming back to church after a break of some years you might find the following book helpful.
Going to Church by John Pritchard (Published by SPCK Publishing, May 2009, ISBN: 9780281058105)
‘Written by the Bishop of Oxford, this is a light-hearted look at what to expect for anyone considering attending church for the first time, or considering returning after a break.’
These websites also might be of help if you are thinking about becoming a Christian:
REJesus which explores many different aspects of Christianity
Chrstianity website which tries to answer many of the questions you may well be asking
The Church of England’s faith page which explains what it means to be a follower of Jesus
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