What is a Christian?
As Christians we believe that God is revealed in Jesus Christ. We accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we live in relationship with God and in the power of the Holy Spirit, and we take our place in the community of Christ’s wider Church.
What is Christianity?
Christians believe in the God who created and sustains the universe. He is revealed in the world, in the Bible, and above all, in Jesus Christ. For Christians, Jesus is our window into God, showing us God’s nature, purposes and love for the world.
Christians believe that God entered history in a new way in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to demonstrate God’s love for all people and to deal with the brokenness and alienation which we all experience from time to time. Jesus’ life was a consistent witness to God’s truth: he taught about God’s kingdom and surrendered his life on the cross on Good Friday as an ultimate act of self- giving.
Christians believe that the death of Jesus was not the end of the story. At the first Easter God raised Jesus from the dead. At Pentecost God’s Spirit was poured out on the young Christian community to equip it for service and to show that God is changing lives and renewing the whole creation in love.
For two thousand years the Church, in many places and various shapes and styles, has borne witness to these truths and has gathered for worship and service those who respond to the Good News (the Gospel) of Jesus Christ.