What does it mean to be a Christian

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This page attempts to explain what I mean by the word "Christian", and what being a Christian means to me. However it is only a short description and cannot do justice to the topic. Please feel free to e-mail me at jag76@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions or comments, even if it's to say that you disagree with me.

Another great way to find out more is to come along to my church, Christ Church sometime. From time to time, we run a 5 week course called Christianity Explored in the local pub, exploring the meaning of the Christian faith in greater detail.

Please also note that I haven't been able to update this page in a long time so I apologise if any of the links, etc. are out-of-date.

What does it mean to be a Christian

In the simplest terms, being a Christian means being a follower of Jesus Christ, a Jewish teacher who lived 2000 years ago, who claimed to be the Son of God and the one who could save humanity, and who died and came back to life again.

In practice, this means believing and trusting in Jesus, and turning from one's former way of life to live God's way. The Bible says,
"if you confess with your mouth, `Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Rom 10v9
and
"I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus." Acts 20v21

Why I'm a Christian

The reason why I'm a Christian can be summed up in something Jesus said:
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me." John 14v6

How does being a Christian affect my life

This is such a big subject that I can't write about it fully here, but the following are some of the ways in which being a Christian affects my life. They aren't in any order of importance.

Useful links

  • Bible Gateway, an online searchable Bible in several languages and versions
  • If you're interested, you can find out more about the evidence for Christianity at Christian Answers.net
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    Last updated: 23 Aug 2007 (main text: 22 Nov 2000)