The Normal Christian Life

Based on these passages: Matthew 28:16–20; John 3:1–8; Acts 1:6–8; 2:41–42; 5:12–16; 16:25–30; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26;1 John 1:8–2:1.

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture.

1.         Though each Christian is different, we have a number of things in common. A number of books have been written with the above title: there is, in general, a normal Christian life.

2.         It all begins with conversion, known as the new birth. This is an act of God and not dependent upon anything we can do. At this point, the very Holy Spirit of God indwells us, all our sin is forgiven, past, present, even future sin. And at this very moment we are placed, in a way we cannot understand, into the Body of Christ, that Church known only to Him.

3.         The next common and biblical step is to be baptized in water, and to be baptized is to be immersed in water for that is the meaning of the word, baptize. This is not a saving event, but a testimony to others and especially to the one baptized.

4.         We are to observe what is called The Lord’s Supper, otherwise known as Communion, and the Eucharist and on an ongoing basis, which varies among Christians. This also is not a saving event but a memorial directed toward the cross of Christ.

5.         We are to be witnesses to the saving work of Jesus on the cross, live sacrificially, love one another, and do good to those we have opportunity.

6.         We are to live to the praise of His glory and patiently await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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