Christianity 201

July 12, 2010

What is a Christian?

Filed under: Uncategorized — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:38 pm
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We got together with a group of people last night and someone asked this question:

What does it mean to be a Christian?

What’s your answer?

Click on the comments section for mine, followed by another one that was suggested.


  1. “Coming under the loving Lordship of Jesus Christ, and being joined to a company of imperfect people who are trying to live a new life in a new way.”

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 12, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  2. “I am in Christ, and Christ is in me.”

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 12, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  3. A Christian is one that by faith in Christ, has received eternal life as a gift of grace. Even so, the depth of that faith is demonstrated through a continual transforming/renewing process led by the Holy Spirit. The goal of that process is to make us more Christlike.

    Comment by Sonny Davis — July 15, 2010 @ 5:25 am | Reply

    • I like the idea that you bring a sense of “process” to this definition; that a Christian is “a work in progress.” No one simply meets the definition and then says, “Okay, I’ve arrived.”

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 15, 2010 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  4. This is a great question. Something I’ve tried to start to hash out on my blog. Overall, I’d say a Christian is someone who accepts that Jesus made it possible for someone to be good without doing good things… after that, it’s just a matter of falling in love with Him.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

    Comment by bondChristian — July 16, 2010 @ 12:09 am | Reply

    • Marshall,
      Thanks for writing. The link to your own blog offers the question in the reverse, “How to know if you’re NOT a Christian;” though I think that perhaps a third point, the rejection of Christ’s deity needs to get worked in there at some point. As to the positive definition you provide here, it’s a good focus on the end result of accepting Christ’s atonement, but said in a fresh, contemporary way.

      I liked your blog; especially the “serving suggestions” analogy on your “about” page. I intend to use that sometime. (With due credit, of course!)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 16, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

      • Thank you. That’s another thing that’s tricky… defining Christian things in everyday language (or as close to it as possible).

        About bondChristian, thanks so much for jumping through and reading. I really appreciate it. Feel free to use anything written there (articles included) with or without credit. I love sharing regardless of whether it points back to me.

        -Marshall Jones Jr.

        Comment by bondChristian — July 17, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

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