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marriageAccording to my friend The Rev Canon Richard Tanner, being a "Christian" means being,
"Committed to Christ"✞
"Committed to the Body of Christ"✞
"Committed to the work of Christ" and✞
"Developing your life in that order."✞


A good definition of what is a Christian is especially important for Protestant Christians who lay great stress on individual response and personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Various people suggest other equally good definitions such as,
"Becoming a Christian encompasses God's initiative to call, equip and send us"
and this is also true. But at the same time, being a Christian also needs our response and hence the further definition, ✞
"Being a Christian is to bow to Christ, ✞
to join the Body of Christ and ✞
to engage in the work of Christ."
Spiritual maturity is attained when all these elements are combined together. The Christian life involves three aspects.✞
First of all it means to be "Christ centred."
Second, to be "Bible Based." This means modelling all aspects of the Christian life on the complete and authoritative Word of God. The Scriptures encompasses the whole of the Bible which Christians believe is accurate, true and reliable. ✞
Third, to be "people orientated." seeking to reach others to share the Good News by all means with them. The Book of Hebrews describes growing in Christ in terms of eating solid food rather than drinking milk. In Hebrews 5.13-14 the writer explains, "Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." The Apostle Paul added that everything a mature Christian does should be out of love. In Philippians 1.15-16a he wrote, "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love."

Body of Christ

Blaise PascalTo the question, "What does being committed to the Body of Christ mean?" Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) who was a French philosopher and devout Christian responded, "To be a member of the Body of Christ is to have neither life, being nor movement, except through the spirit of the Body and for the Body." In the Christian life, everything we do, think or say is through and for the benefit of Jesus Christ and for the Body of Christ.✞

"Christian Life Definition"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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