What does it mean to be a Christian?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Do people call themselves Christian because they keep a set of special convictions? Or do they maintain certain practices that others do not have? Many people are called Christians because they are born in a Christian family, or a Christian culture, or because they maintain a set of rules or practices.

In his letter to the Colossians the apostle Paul touches very different things related to the Christian identity. He explains the change from an old pattern of life toward a new identity in Jesus. This new identity is still rather hidden, but at the same time very promising and hopeful. In the ‘old’ we discover signs of self-centredness, stress and failure, but in the ‘new’ we may welcome something that goes beyond the identity-markers of our culture like work, reputation, nation, family, including. How is this possible?

Explore more about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of being a Christian, in the church service on 4th of August in the New Church, 12 hrs 30. We read from Paul’s letter to the Colossians chapter 3 verses 1-17.

Pastor Niek Tramper