Ask Ivor

Sunlight asks:

"What is a Christian? I'm sure you have a number of definitions and I'd like to hear them all if you want to tell me, but I'm most interested in your own opinion."

A Christian is someone who takes seriously all the biblical duties of a Christian:


Don't just speak; act - Jas 1:22 + 1Jn 3:18
Be alert and self-controlled - Mt 24:42 + 1Th 5:6
Get rid of anger - Eph 4:26 + Eph 4:31 + Jas 1:19-20
Explain your faith - Col 4:6 + 1Pe 3:15-16
Approach God confidently - Heb 4:15-16 + Heb 10:22 + Jas 4:8
Honor God with your body - Ro 6:12-13 + Ro 12:1 + 1Co 6:19-20
Avoid godless philosophy and arguments - Col 2:8 + 2Ti 2:16 + 2Ti 2:23
Honor children - Eph 6:1 + Eph 6:4 + Mk 10:14
Don't complain - Php 2:14-15
Confess yours sins to each other - Jas 5:16
Expose darkness - 2Co 6:14 + Eph 5:11
Watch out for false prophets - Mt 7:15 + 1Jn 4:1 + Eph 5:6
Resist the devil - 1Pe 5:8-9 + Jas 4:7 + Eph 6:11
Throw off everything that hinders - Heb 3:12 + Heb 12:1 + Jas 1:21
Endure hardship joyfully - Heb 12:7 + Jas 1:2-3
Don't separate what God has joined - Mk 10:9
Encourage one another - Heb 3:13 + Heb 10:24-25
Love your enemies - Mt 5:44-45 + Lk 6:27-28
Go and make disciples - Mt 28:18-20 + Col 4:5 + Mt 9:37-38
Overcome evil with good - 1Th 5:21-22 + Ro 12:21
Examine yourself - 1Co 11:28-29 - 2Co 13:5
Don't associate with unrepentant believers - Mt 18:15-17 + Ro 16:17 + 1Co 5:11 + 1Ti 5:20
Don't show favoritism or be conceited - Jas 2:1 + Ro 12:16
Walk as Jesus did - 1Jn 2:6 + Mt 16:24 + Mt 11:29
Forgive one another - Lk 17:4 + Gal 6:1 + Eph 4:32 + 1Th 5:14 + Jude 22
Be free of sin and legalism - Gal 5:1 + Gal 5:13
Give cheerfully - 2Co 9:7
Let your light shine - Mt 5:16 + 1Co 10:31 + 1Pe 2:12
Submit to authorities - Ro 13:1-7 + 1Pe 2:13-17
Be sympathetic and compassionate - Ro 12:15 + Heb 13:3 + 1Pe 3:8
Share - Ro 12:13 + Heb 13:2
Consider others better - Ro 12:3 + Gal 5:26 + Php 2:3 + 1Pe 5:6 + Mt 6:1
Flee from idolatry - 1Jn 5:21 + 1Co 10:14
Honor your leaders in the church - 1Th 5:12-13 + 1Ti 5:19 + Heb 13:7 + Heb13:17
Love God and love your neighbor - Mt 19:18-19 + Mt 7:12 + Mt 22:37-40 + Gal 6:2
Speak truthfully - Eph 4:25 + Col 3:9-10
Enter through the narrow gate - Mt 7:13-14
Live at peace with everyone - Ro 12:18 + Ro 14:19 + Eph 4:3 + Heb 12:14
Don't throw pearls to pigs - Mt 7:6
Be holy in all you do - Mt 5:48 + 1Pe 1:15
Hold firmly to the faith - Ro 12:11-12 + 1Ti 6:12 + Heb 4:14 + 2Pe 1:5-8
Retain the place in life to which God has called you - 1Co 7:17
Devote yourselves to prayer - Col 4:2 + Eph 6:18 + Mt 26:41
Rejoice always - Php 4:4 + 1Pe 4:13
Don't take revenge - Mt 5:39 + Ro 12:19 + 1Pe 3:9
Serve others - 1Co 10:24 + Gal 6:10 + 1Pe 4:10
Flee sexual immorality - 1Co 6:18 + Eph 5:3 + 1Co 7:3-5
Honor your spouse - Eph 5:22 + Eph 5:25
Build others up with your speech - Eph 4:29 + Eph 5:4 + Eph 5:19 + Col 3:16
Be continually thankful - Heb 13:15 + Heb 12:28 + 1Th 5:18 + Col 3:17
Be mature in your thinking - 1Co 14:20 + Eph 5:15-17 + Col 3:2-3 + Php 4:8 + Heb 3:1
Don't love money and things - Mt 6:20-21 + Heb 13:5
Don't stumble a believer with weak faith - Ro 14:1 + 1Co 8:9
Don't get drunk - Eph 5:18
Earn your keep - 1Th 4:11-12 + 2Th 3:11-12
Abstain from sinful desires - Ro 12:2 + 1Pe 2:11 + 1Jn 2:15
Don't be anxious - Mt 6:31-34 + Php 4:6