Question: What is a Christian?


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A while ago, I was part of a panel discussion with about the topic of Worldviews.

There was an Atheist,  a Baha’i, more of a conservative Christian, and me a “Progressive” Christian.

On Saturday, I’m going to be part of a panel discussing the future of Christianity. There will be a “Progressive” Christian, an ex-Christian, a new Christian, and a Conservative/Traditional Christian. This should be an interesting conversation.

One of the first questions we are going to discuss is this one. And, I’m curious as to what your thoughts are on this.

If you were asked what a Christian is, how would you respond? You don’t have to be a Christian to answer this question. As a matter of  fact, I welcome those who aren’t.

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2 responses to “Question: What is a Christian?

  1. I’ve got to admit, when I read the title of this post I held my breath. Sheesh, sticky topic.

    I’m a Progressive Christian myself. To me, being a Christian, by definition first and foremost means believing that Jesus is the Son of God. And I do think it’s important to acknowledge why (I do believe in the crucifixion, resurrection, etc). I do believe that faith is meant to be lived, not just talked about. So a large part of my faith is trying to honour God and treat others the way I’d like to be treated. I’m not always successful, I admit, but doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t keep striving.

  2. A Christian is someone who believes in the Jesus Christ of the bible, his death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin. They repent of sin, put their trust in Jesus alone for their salvation (right standing before God). They turn from this world and seek to follow him, with all of their heart and all of their lives. A Christian knows they are going to screw up, but have a confidence that he will give them strength to endure. They are made new creations and changed by his amazing grace. I am a very thankful Christian. Not because of anything I have done. Because of Jesus and his great mercy.

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