The story of Jesus’s birth, life, death and resurrection is told in the four Gospels of the Bible, in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He was born about 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, a date celebrated each year at Christmas.
Jesus is our window into God – he showed us the nature of God’s love as he wept when a friend died, sought to heal the ill, to relieve hunger, to restore life. He showed respect to everyone he met – beggars as well as the rich; women as well as men; those considered ‘impure’ as well as ‘religious people’. He gave his life for the world and was raised from death to live with God. You can find out more about Jesus Christ on the Rejesus or Christianity websites.
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Jesus is the central person that Christians throughout history and across the world follow and worship.
After Jesus ‘ascended’ or went to be with his Father, God’s Spirit was poured out upon his disciples. They were filled with courage and with power, and went throughout the world telling people about Jesus. Many died for their faith.
The Church of England
Members of the Church of England (Anglicans) trace their Christian roots back to the early Church. The basis of the faith of the Church of England is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (the Bible) and the teachings of the early Church Fathers. The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide family of churches with more than 70 million adherents in 38 Provinces spreading across 161 countries. Although these churches are autonomous, they are also uniquely unified through their history, their theology, their worship and their relationship to the ancient See of Canterbury, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
What we believe
Creeds express what Christians believe about God and his relationship with us and creation. They are concise and universally accepted statements of Christian faith. One of the earliest creeds is called the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Image: Jesus washing Peter’s feet by Ford Madox Brown. In John 13 Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.