January 4, 2018

The church and the world need to see Christian people living out a real faith in a real God in a real broken world. They need to see people who don’t quit when it gets hard. People who get back up when they’re knocked down. People who are never out of the fight. That’s the practical kind of Christianity they must witness people living out. A practical Christian faith requires that we’re constantly doing two main things – following Jesus and making Him known. Following involves ongoing repentance, a deepening loyalty and allegiance, regular reading and abiding in God’s Word, and daily obedience. This kind of following produces ongoing growth, but our personal transformation is not the sole objective of Jesus’ version of Christianity. It’s imperative that we grow up in respect to our salvation, so that we can also be God’s method for making Christ known to others. Believe it or not, God doesn’t just want you. He wants everyone else around you, too. In order to make Christ known we have to be willing to be identified by what represents Him. Identifying with Jesus involves many things – becoming part of a local Body of Christ (His community), partaking in baptism and the Lord’s Supper (His Lordship), serving others and using our spiritual gifts (His ministry), embracing the Kingdom’s lifestyle (His culture), sharing the gospel and our testimony as often as we have opportunity (His story), and inviting people into those environments that are making a difference in our lives (HisKingdom embassies – e.g. – your Bible study or home group). Jesus’ version of Christianity is NOT about attending, observing, sitting, receiving, singing songs and waiting to be asked to do something. Biblical Christianity is pro-active. Jesus calls us to participate in His life and work on the earth; not to be a spectator of it. A real world. A real God. People with a real faith. We can make a real difference in 2018, but we have to really follow and we have to really make Jesus known.

Susie Walther
The Well Bible Study Ministry