It is difficult to define what the word “Christian” really means, because it is subjective to so many different people.  What a “Christian” must believe and how a “Christian” ought to live are rarely agreed upon!


The term originated when the disciples were first given this title in Antioch (Acts 11:26); “Christian” was originally a derogatory term that meant, “little Christ”.  We still see this in our world today, when popular culture has a different insight into our identity as Christians, which only adds to the confusion rather than helping it!

Thankfully, Scripture has plenty to say that will help us define ourselves as a community. The Bible teaches that a Christian is to be humble as well as radical, and that we cannot save ourselves, but only God can save us.  It also teaches that there is a good life available to us, but it is only found when we experience a new life through Christ alone. These are some helpful insights, but it’s only scratching the surface of what can be revealed about Christianity!

As we dig into what it means to be a Christian, we will seek to properly define what has been unclear for so long.  We will answer questions such as, “Why do we need a Savior?”,  “What does it look like to be saved?”, “How should being a Christian change the way we live and what we live for?”, and more!

I would love to have you join us as we study Christianity together in pursuit of becoming the “little Christs” that Jesus Himself desires us to be!

“Christian?” – Wednesdays, 7pm, Room 230 – starting February 25th.

See you then!

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Phillip was born and raised in Kentucky. He earned his B.A. in History from Hastings College and his M.A. in Biblical Studies from Louisville Bible College. He also served as a Preaching Intern at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. He and his wife, Laura, have two children, Madison and Isaiah. He is passionate about learning and teaching people about Christ (and cheering for the Louisville Cardinals!). Phillip oversees adult discipleship at Valley View.