Explore Faith

Christians are called to study the Bible, to take part in the life of the Church,
to share in the Holy Communion, and to pray faithfully and regularly.
We are called to share with others, by word and example, the love of Christ
and his gospel of reconciliation and hope.
We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, to honour all people
and to pray and work for peace and justice. (APBA p.69).

Being a Christian - by Baron Williams of Oystermouth 
(The Right Reverend Rowan Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012)
Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ and, in common with other Christians,
seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.
Central to that relationship is knowing we can trust God.  Saint Paul says at the end of the eighth chapter
of his letter to the Church in Rome, 'if God is for us, who can be against us?' And this is the heart of faith.

How do we know that 'God is for us'? Because Jesus Christ, the one human being who is completely in tune
with God - with what God wants and what God is doing - has carried the burden of our human betrayals of
God and running away from goodness.  He has let himself be betrayed and rejected, executed in a humiliating
and agonising way, and yet has not turned his back on us.  Death did not succeed in silencing him or removing
him from the world.  He is alive; and that means that his love is alive, having survived the worst we can do.

Nothing - says St Paul in the same passage - can separate us from this love.  But this isn't an excuse for doing
what we like, knowing we can get away with it.  Once we know that God is 'for us', we open up to the gift that
God wants to give us - which is a share in his own love and freedom and mercy.  We breathe with his breath
that's part of what it means to say that we receive God's 'Spirit', which makes us live like Jesus 'in tune' with God.

If we have really taken the message in, we shall live lives of selfless generosity, always asking how the gifts given us
material or imaginative or spiritual or whatever - can be shared in a way that brings other people more fully alive.
And we shall be able to trust the generosity of others and be free to receive what they have to give us.

Generosity, gratitude, confidence that when we fail we are still loved - all of this focused on Jesus' life and death
and resurrection.  That's where we start in the lifelong job of being a Christian.

Baron Williams of Oystermouth.