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You Can Change . . . One Step at a Time

Autor: WordTruth authors
Datum: 16.07.2010
Category: Persönliches Zeugnis, Die Bibel in der Mission, Leiterschulungen

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Belief is authenticated by a changed life. Thankfully, evangelicals are noted for verbalizing the Good News of the Gospel with great clarity. On the other hand, there is sometimes a lack of clarity in describing subsequent growth in Christ. This lack of clarity is to be expected when the process of Christ-like change relies on sources outside Scripture that supposedly help one "better understand" growth in Christ. Is the Bible not sufficient to guide the God-ordained, Spirit-directed, Christ-centered process of ever-increasing Christ-likeness? This article demonstrates that the Bible, by itself, presents clearly defined steps for any believer to mature in Christ in specifics . . . one step at time.

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Stichwörter: growing in Christ, spiritual maturity, sufficiency of Scripture, leadership development, witness, truth

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change is possible only when one wants to be changed and a classmate taught me that a transformation has to take place first until then change will not take place....thanks Phil


20.07.2011
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Togo

You raised a very profound topic here; which I think the global evangelical movement is yet to really have tackled properly. Recently, I had a discussion about some of these with a missionary colleague. To make it brief, the life of Mahatma Ghandi came out in our discussion with the question if we Christian would compare to him in our maturity into christlikeness. I remember, my colleague reminding this saying of Ghandi "the day I see a Christian I would become a Christian". We believe that growing in Christ-likeness would bring us not only into knowing in details what God and God’s revelation is about, but to a life that actually portrays the self sacrifice option Christ chose. What does it look like in actual life, like mother thereza’s life, like Ghandi’s; like Billy Graham’s? certainly several pictures a lot of which are still yet to be identify as pertaining in majority to the evangelical world. If we verbalize the world wih clarity and if we can claim to actually focus on Christ and it we believe the way we do it is appropriate or even the most appropriate, should we expect to see christlikeness lives more represented among evangelicals; is it currently the case? If no, then what is wrong? Maybe we need a new era of humility and self questioning.


21.07.2010
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@ Antonin_Azoti:

My brother, our hearts beat with a similar passion for authentic believers to be so responsive to Christ’s sacrificial love that - above everything else - they want to be more like our Savior. What could happen in our world if the vast majority of followers of Christ were reflecting His servant character and sacrificial love? It would seem that there should be just as much emphasis on growing in Christ (in specifics) as there is in coming to Christ (which is, understandably, specific). May we, as the Body of Christ, make dying to self a priority so that His life can be clearly seen in us. The concept of discipleship is well understood . . . however, the specific steps on that journey (Christ-like character development as the "self-life" is put off) would seem to need a greater emphasis across the evangelical spectrum. May Christ be honored as we prayerfully respond to this challenge.


21.07.2010
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@ WordTruth:

Thanks for your reaction and thanks for sharing. I am aware I may have more questions about this than answers and some of them less helpful than others; but if you do not mind… I really do love your statement and agree with you that: “the specific steps on that journey (Christ-like character development as the "self-life" is put off) would seem to need a greater emphasis across the evangelical spectrum.” I have come across and appreciated voices rising in spiritual development movements in US and elsewhere raising and suggesting responses the challenge. Good questions about whether the conversion gospel should be separated from the discipleship gospel, if actually there are two Gospels being raised and discussed; or from another angle would the Christian community be seen as a ‘bound set’ community or a ‘center set’ community. Do we become Christians by crossing the line of conversion or are we Christians because we make the daily movement toward the center which is Christ. Calls for emphasis on (transformational) discipleship, emphasis on the cross life, are not new even though not as popular. I fear that, as long as our discipleship or believers training programs would identify people as Christian because the confessed or received Christ, they ‘repented’ or they were converted we may still be missing something even though we cannot ignore that experience. But today, what would we respond to the many evangelicals who pray sincerely and honestly to live a life of death to self, studying, participating into programs, buying and reading books but still being confronted to the weak distinctiveness their lives experience as far as Christ likeness is concerned; while they can see that models of such life are observable within and without our movement as well? We evangelicals seems to be becoming aware of the part social ‘works’ have in our gospel only a few decades and our theology have not yet integrated it fully, to my knowledge. How are we learning from other Christians about it?  There is a sense in which I question our capacity to actually respond to that issue alone as ‘pure’ evangelicals. I am not desperate but I see a sense in which God is challenging us with the question what would happen if we would learn from other forms of Christian piety.


22.07.2010

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