Living An Authentic Christian Life

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The term Christian, literally meaning little Christ, should clearly express to every believer their ultimate goal. Everything a believer says, does and strives for should be unmistakably in line with the words, actions and goals of Jesus, as they daily strive to become more and more like Him. In order for this to happen there are two detrimental aspects that need to be considered. Character and service are two key ingredients in the life of one alive in Christ that go hand in hand as described in Romans 12. The believer’s new identity needs to continually transform their character to that of Christ, and their actions must identify them as servants of the King. I. Christian Character Theological Definition The character of a Christian…show more content…
It is only by the salvation of Jesus and faith in Him that one can come to see these truths. It is only by the revelation of God’s Word that one can come to understand these truths. And it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can come to live by these truths (John 16:13). Practical Application Authentic Christian character is shaped when one aligns their will with the will of God. The application of this comes from the directive of Romans 12:1,2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When we dissect this we can see three the key points. First, it is God who initiates the action with His character of mercy. Second, the Christian is called to reflect the sacrificing character of their Savior by committing their whole being in as a living sacrifice to the will of God and for his service. Finally, the believer is reminded that they are to walk in such a way that is different from the world in which they live. They are to continually renew their mind with regular and diligent study of God’s Word. 2 II. Christian Service Theological Definition A
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