An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
For us as Christians, the solution is plainly seen and we know for a fact that all is vain if Christ isn’t in the picture. Our time on this earth is fleeting and completely pointless to those who have no prospect of life after death. But if we have the hope of Christ and know that we will join him in heaven one day, we will be able to live our life, full of the hopeful joy that we will see our savior. It is Jesus alone that provides us with our hope. As with everything in the Bible, Christ is at the center of it all.
On the Topic of Missions For Christians, the topic of Missionary work is always something that is met with mixed opinions. Some believe that we have fulfilled our duties of bringing people to Christ, some believe that you can only reached lost people by going to other countries, and some believe that there is a larger calling in our own neighborhoods. I think that as long as there is still one person in this world who does not know the Lord as their true Savior, then we still have mission work to do. I do not believe that it is necessary for all believers to travel to other countries to help bring the lost to God. As Christ’s followers we have to bring as many people to Him as possible.
On page 45 he says,” I was ceased to pray. I concurred with a job. I was not denying his existence, but I doubted his absolute justice.” Elie is not denying the fact that God doesn’t exist, but little by little he’s getting separated farther from him. In conclusion Elie’s faith towards God does shift around throughout the story. In the beginning he would always pray and believe God was good.
Instead of churches and pastors building a community through they do not want to deal with the responsibility and instead they turn to professionals of the community to solve the problem. Reading about Mc Knight’s opinion of service one of the ideas that appeal to me is when he adds what Jesus said in his last commandment. In his article, he says “there is no greater love than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends… It is not right to be hung back by service and servantry. The goal is to be a friend.” This idea of Mc Knight’s article appealed to me in so many ways. When I first began my service learning experience I often thought about the concept of service as something voluntarily but something required that I was expected to do.
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly” (1 Peter 5:2, English Standard Version). Seeing law enforcement as a vocation, Officer Norman understands that his pledge to protect and serve is a covenant between him and his community. “Public trust in law enforcement to perform their responsibilities in accordance with their oath is essential to effective crime control and community policing” (Doherty, 2016). Through his words and actions, Officer Norman has created a counter narrative to the “us vs. them” police mentality many in the United States belief is the case. As a Christian and police officer, Officer Norman is an example of how to successfully integrate one’s faith into a secular profession.
Although the Bible does not speak specifically on the issue of torture, followers of Jesus are called to love one another. In my opinion, Christian-principle based ethics is the route that should be taken. Instead of torture, people should take care of and love one another, as Christ loved
Keeping the church as one body of christ means he is a follower of Jesus and will look after us. When he shows that the church is still holy it impacts my faith because it means I could impact the church and keep it holy and become closer to God because of keeping the church clean and holy just as Pope Francis did. Another reason why the Pope impacts my faith is that the Pope doesn’t only just stay in one place, he takes care of all the churches and visited many churches around the world to keep the churches united and together as one body of christ. The Pope helps me to understand that the meaning of helping others and doing something right isn’t for satisfactory it is for the good of others. He shows me this when he helps the people that are in need and need more help than us.
Basic Christianity is a crucial foundation that must be deeply entrenched within the hearts and minds of believers. The essential and basic principles aid every Christian by showing and teaching them how great God’s love is for us. In John Stott’s Book, “Basic Christianity,” he reveals insight on what it is to be a Christian. He also dispels many erroneous teachings that have been brought into the Christian community. Stott states in the beginning of his book that many have held the assumption that God sits on His throne, aloof, distant, and unconcerned for our needs and problems (Stott, pg.
In some parts of the world, Christians continue to visit other traditional religious practitioners because their new faith seems to lack power to confront the problems that their old faith addressed. Elsewhere, however, local Christians reading the Bible have recognized that God’s power is greater than that of its putative competitors and have learned to pray to God for their various needs. - Concluding Comment Our task is defensive, not offensive descried in Ephesians. We do not defeat Satan, but Christ. Our duty as outlined in Ephesians is to resist Satan, not to remove him.
A common misconception of faith in God is the belief He fixes what is wrong in our lives. Faithfulness is not merely following God to seek out answers, to solve problems, or find a magic fix. In essence, faith is following God without question and fully trusting in His word and promises. The common misconception that a person’s faith in God guarantees a life free of heartache and trouble is far from the truth. Following God without question is the basis of faith.
This concept of having a buffet style (take what you want, leave the rest) Christianity is not something new. But how many of us struggle with it and don’t realize it? Sometimes, we go through the bible or we attend service, and pick and choose what exactly we desire. If the apostle Paul wasn’t afraid to proclaim the “whole counsel of God...”(Acts 20:27), then does that mean we are only expected to observe some of it and some of the time? Peter in 2 Peter 1:3 informs us as Christians we have been given by God “All things pertaining to life and godliness.” There’s nothing that God has instructed his Body, his bride, the Church, that is okay to not apply to your life.