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What is a Christian?

"A Christian, according to Rowan Williams, is someone whose life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ and, in common with other Christians, is seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught."

Jesus came to show us the world through God’s eyes. To do this he invites us into relationship with him. He’s not a dead teacher, but, through His Holy Spirit, He is a presence and guide who is very much alive. This relationship is what many, who look in from the outside, miss.

A Christian, according to Rowan Williams, is someone whose life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ and, in common with other Christians, seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.

For some personal stories of the difference such faith has made, see www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/faith-stories-christianity-in-everyday-lives

To develop their relationship with Jesus, Christians pray, read and reflect on The Bible, worship, meet with other Christians, and then seek to lead their lives in the light of what results.Two things to beware of: Doing these things does not make someone a Christian; beginning the relationship with Jesus does that. However these things are what deepen and continue that relationship. The Christian life is not just about prayer, Bible study and church. It is about how we live out our relationship with Jesus 24 hours a day in home, workplace and community.

The best way of understanding more about this is to join with others on the same journey. The Christian faith is about community and friendship, and there is a church near you that can help.

To find a church near you click on: www.achurchnearyou.com

Many churches run courses for seekers, enquirers and beginners, and more details of some of the courses in common use can be found at:
Emmaus Course
Alpha
Christianity Explored

Click on www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/being-a-christian to read ‘Being a Christian’ by Rowan Williams.

A useful site for finding out more about all aspects of the Christian faith is:
www.christianity.org.uk

Click on: What On Earth Is The Church For? to understand more about church.