What it means to be a Christian
Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in common with other Christians in the Church seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught. Today there are two billion Christians across the world – and rising.
For Christians God is understood and known as a Trinity of Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit.
God is love, and we are made in that love. That love gives us a dignity from God’s love for us, and flows into the world in our living in our community, caring for creation and for the desire for every human being, as God’s beloved child, to be the best they can be.
God is revealed in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ life was spent with those on the outside, reaching to all, especially those who felt marginalised. Jesus spoke out most against religion that sought to limit and control. His life breathed into the world the presence and hope of God. His death showed his humanity, but his resurrection shows that God’s love is stronger even than death. Jesus brings heaven and earth together in the living of God’s Kingdom, in which compassion, mercy, justice and peace are more than ideas, but are shown in the lives of his followers.
and Holy Spirit
God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world – changed lives and a transformed society.
We believe that we are inspired and sustained by God’s word and by prayer. We hope that we might do as St Francis encouraged, ‘Go into the world and preach the gospel – use words if necessary’.
(Text based on the Church of England website.)
Finding out more
Christianity is about relationship and community, and we welcome you to join us at one of our services. If you have questions about faith or about what it means to be a Christian, please come and meet with us.
Our Parish Priest has pop-in sessions on Saturdays from 10.30-12.00 when you are welcome to drop into the church, have a coffee and a chat. You can also make an appointment to see Philip by contacting the Church Office.