People don’t need more explanation of Christianity, but more demonstration of it. Christians need supernatural encounters with the risen Jesus, more than logical answers to theological questions. You have to wait till Sunday morning to hear your preacher live and in person, but Jesus is available 24/7/365!
Biblical Christianity is about mystery. (“Great is the mystery of godliness.”) It’s not about having all the answers. Jesus didn’t die to answer your questions, but to brighten your perceptions of His presence. Behold Him! If Christ is with us when we gather in His name, maybe we could take the time to encounter, experience, and interact with Him.
When you make room in your heart for appreciation, awe, wonder, mystery, and mysticism, experiencing God will become your norm! Christ in you is as powerful as Christ in any other human being. You don’t have to go thru a minister to experience His power.
When I read the Bible, I see Christianity as being much more alive, powerful, and Spirit-led than Christianity as presented today. Be careful not to let attending a religious service be a substitute for daily, spontaneous interaction with the living Jesus. When Christianity’s no fun, an hour a week is enough; when it is fun, 24/7/365 isn’t! Jesus said that His joy will be in His followers. Boring Christianity is an oxymoron.
When Jesus said, “Whenever you gather in My name,” did He intend for us to gather around a preacher-talk? Early Christianity wasn’t about a weekly preacher-talk, but a daily walk with the risen Jesus! Preacher-talks without Christ-encounters are what the Bible calls: “Having a form of godliness, but denying its power.” Are you hearing and obeying the risen Jesus better after the sermon’s over and you’ve left the building? Listening to people is more powerful than just lecturing them.
The Bible is an amazing Whistleblower. It brings to light the evil in my own heart and calls me to live a godly lifestyle. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Whistleblower. He lives in my heart, convicts me of my sin, and empowers me to turn away from it.
Biblical insight will change your plight. Read the Bible daily, with an open heart, and see. I believe the Bible because when I read it, it burns in my heart, changes my life, and connects me with the risen Jesus! Many people look for Christ in church; some in politics. He’s found in a surrendered heart. “Christ in you the hope of glory.”
Everybody’s experienced suffering thru someone or some situation. We all have emotional sores and scars. Speak truth with love. Rivers of living water will flow, if you make room for Jesus to connect your heart with Himself and with other people.
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