What Is A Christian?

This is not meant to be a definitive theological definition of a Christian. But a general definition as defined by us.

John chapter 3 verse 16 & 17 says:

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

A Christian is someone who:

Believes in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Has acknowledged their sinful nature and sins.
Has asked God for forgiveness, thereby, becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Has repented, meaning, has turned away from their old ways and life of sin.
Has asked God to take total and complete control of their life.
Seeks to live their life by following God's word and living by God's principles.
For those that would like a more definitive description of what Christians and Christian Churches believe across ALL the denominations, please see the Nicene Creed below.

The Nicene Creed
  Also known as The Apostles Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.


Please Note: The Reference to "one holy catholic and apostolic church", refers to the original use and meaning of the word, catholic, NOT the Catholic denomination. The word catholic in this context, generally means the WHOLE Christian Church. We must stress again, the use of the word catholic in this context of the Nicene Creed tends to confuse Christians as they believe it makes a reference to the Catholic denomination, but it doesn't, it means ALL Christian Denominations.

For deeper reading on this subject you can start at  https://orthodoxwiki.org/One_Holy_Catholic_and_Apostolic_Church