What it means to be a Christian
Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in common with other Christians in the church seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught. For Christians God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
…Father… God is love, caring for creation and for every human being as God's beloved child.
…Son… God is as he has revealed himself to be in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus' life, death and resurrection holds the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of life, before and after death.
…and Holy Spirit… God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world through changed lives and a transformed society.
The Church of Ireland is made up of communities of Christians in every corner of the land. Most of these communities can be found via the parish church buildings in every city and town and in almost every village. Many Anglicans now meet in and through smaller groups, relating to networks of people in our fast-changing society. Or they seek to serve particular groups of people and to find their Christian identity alongside them. Other Anglicans are committed to traditional religious communities, whether as monks and nuns or as people associated with those communities. There are also online communities of Christians who use the resources of the web to make contact.
An Overview of the Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland according to its homepage (www.ireland.anglican.org) gives an overview of the Church of Ireland. Mainly that it: