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So...you are interested in knowing what is involved in being a Christian? This series of articles will give you a overview of what your life will be like if you make that all important commitment.

The Christian Life - the main principles

Before we look at the specific things we need to do in our lives, we need to understand some of the big overlying principles:

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"The pale blue dot"

This article looks at the big questions! Why are we here? Why did God create us? The answers to these questions helps us to understand how we should live our lives as a Christian.

An example of how we should live our lives

It would be easier for us to understand how we should live our lives if we were given an example to follow, in the form of man. The man's name was Jesus Christ.

Drawing the line in the sand

When we are ready, we indicate to God (and ourselves / others around us) that we want to live life as a Christian. We do this by performing a simple act called baptism. From that point on, we are a son/daughter of God.

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Applying it in our lives

After we have been baptised, the crucial next step is to live our lives using underlying important principles. The aim is to have a moral character the same as the example - Jesus Christ.

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The Christian Life - what we need to do

Once we become a Christian, what do we need to do in our lives to be successful:

(For issues that may affect the Christian's life please refer to "Day to day issues")

 

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Love God with all your heart

The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. This article looks at what it means to do this and how practically we can apply this important principle in our life.

2 Love your neighbour

To love our neighbour is important to God. This article looks at who is our neighbour and to what extent we must go to truly love our neighbour.

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Love your family

The Bible teaches that the family should be at a central place in society. So what practical advice does God give us so that we maintain strong, stable and loving relationships with our family members.

4 Love your enemies

It is human nature to want to retaliate against someone who has done harm to you. The Bible tells us to love your enemy instead. What action do we take to love our enemy?

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Forgiving others

A central teaching in the Bible is forgiving others. God forgives us of our sins against Him and others...and He expects nothing less than for us to fully forgive those who do harm to us.

6 Humility

Throughout his life, Jesus demonstrated the true spirit of humility. We need to follow his example and show the same humility. So how do we practically apply this principle in our lives?

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Treat all people with kindness 

We get a warm feeling in our heart when someone is kind to us. If we appreciate this kindness give to us, just think how others may feel when you are kind to them.

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Peaceful living and peacemaking

Living in peace is something most people long for. Jesus Christ offers a peace that the world cannot possibly give nor take away. This article looks at receiving peace and also how to become a peacemaker.

9 Joy

The joy felt by a believer is not something felt at a particular moment but rather a steady, quiet feeling that slowly grows through their life. This article explains how you can experience life-long joy.

10 Patience

To be patient can be difficult sometimes - we want to get to the end result quickly. But God tells us there will be glory, honour and immortality for those who are patient. What areas of our life do we need patience?

11 Gratitude

If we were rescued from death by someone we would be eternally grateful to them.  Christians cannot physically see the man who saved them but they are forever grateful for what he did on their behalf.

12 Faithfulness   This article coming on:

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13 Integrity   This article coming on:

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14 Set an example   This article coming on:

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15 Hopefulness   This article coming on:

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16 Justice   This article coming on:

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17 The obligation of Christians to rules and laws   This article coming in:

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18 Self control   This article coming in:

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19 Read the Bible each day   This article coming in:

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20 Teach others about the message of the God and the Bible   This article coming in:

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21 Believe in grace   This article coming in:

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22 Our bodies are a temple - keep them pure   This article coming in:

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23 Help others   This article coming in:

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24 Repent of wrong-doing and then change your attitude   This article coming in:

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25 Obey God's commands with the right motivation   This article coming in:

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26 Become a servant   This article coming in:

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27 Learning and being taught   This article coming in:

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28 Worshipping with others   This article coming in:

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29 Prayer   This article coming in:

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30 Wealth and money   This article coming in:

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31 Marriage   This article coming in:

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32 Roles for men and women   This article coming in:

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33 Conversation   This article coming in:

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34 Trust   This article coming in:

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35 Patience

 

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