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Being a Christian

marriageAccording to 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."✞

The 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 have suggested 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 description, "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 included. The Christian life involves three aspects. First of all it means to be "Christ centred." Second, to model all aspects of the Christian life on the complete Word of God, the Scriptures that is the Bible. One must be "Bible based." Third, that he or she seeks to reach others to share the Good News by all means, that is to be "people orientated." 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 adds that everything a mature Christian does should be out of love. In Philippians 1.15-16a he writes, "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love."

The 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 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 ideally through and for the benefit of Jesus Christ and the Body of Christ.✞

"Christian Life Definition"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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