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Are life insurance premiums worth taking out before you hit 50 years-old? Do you need one if you have a family to pay for? If you pass away before your time, will you be leaving a spouse to pay the mortgage? These are questions we don’t like to ask ourselves but they’re important ones to answer because you could be living without adequate life insurance coverage. The question that people with life coverage don’t ask is a simple one: is life insurance worth it? Sometimes insurance gives us peace of mind for things we weren’t worried about and should not fear. Is that the case with life insurance?

Is Life Insurance Necessary?

The simple answer here is that if you have a spouse or children or other members of the family relying on you financially, then this type of insurance isn’t just necessary, it’s essential. When you’re not around to earn the lion’s share of the money, you need to put in place something that will allow those you leave behind to keep paying the day-to-day bills that cover essentials, childcare and education. Life insurance does that and it doesn’t take many dollars out of the family’s monthly budget.

Even if you don’t have a family, life insurance may be necessary. It could be used to protect any co-signers from paying the balance of any mortgages, student debts, credit card bills or car loans you would be leaving them with. For most single men and women, life insurance isn’t essential. Only when they met someone, get married and have children does the responsibility of their new lives pretty much mandate that they have some form of life insurance in place.

Term Life Insurance

The most basic form of life coverage is term life insurance. This type of policy covers you for a fixed term at a fixed rate. It’s the simplest and often the most affordable way of covering yourself. You could take out a policy that covers you while your mortgage is payable or until your children grow up and become adults. The peace of mind this policy offers is almost as important as the money it will provide if the worst happens.

Life Insurance Through Work

Your employer might offer life insurance as one of the benefits of working for them. That’s great but it doesn’t normally offer enough coverage. If you’re married with children, or if you have a big debt like a mortgage, employer-provided coverage won’t be enough. You’ll get something like two or three times your income, which sounds great but most insurers recommend you take a policy that pays out six to ten times your salary. This coverage ends if you stop working for the company too whereas your own policy will always be in place.

US Government Life Insurance Policy

The US government life insurance policy is the largest in the world as it protects four million Americans. Each person is either an active or retired federal worker who relies on this policy as it also covers their families. Employees pay towards the coverage as two-thirds of the policy’s costs are paid out through their wages while the government covers the final third. This insurance can be supplemented with additional premiums attached to the basic premium, but the cost of these optional policies is met in full by the employer.

Senior Citizens

Life insurance when you’re a senior citizen isn’t as essential as it is through your working life, assuming that you’ve paid off your mortgage and you have no children to support anymore. Life insurance for those over 65 years old pays out enough to cover the cost of a funeral and other expenses so the payout is often a lot lower than during a person’s working life. A person’s health is always a consideration when a life insurance policy is looked at by underwriters so the insurance industry has firms dedicated to creating policies for senior citizens because they are more likely to have developed health issues due to their age.


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The Christian life is the life of repentance, faith, and good works lived through the power of the Spirit and with the help of the means of grace as the Christian is conformed to the image of Christ to the glory of God.

The Christian life is based upon the work of God in the new birth, justification, the gift of the Spirit, the forgiveness of sins, and our union to Christ. The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed into the image of Christ and, as a result, to share in God’s rule on the earth to the glory of God. Using various means of grace, such as Scripture, prayer, the Church, and the sacraments, God conforms the Christian into the image of Christ by the Spirit. The healthy Christian life is shown in faith and obedience, good works, sacrificial living and giving, and participation in the worldwide mission of the Church.

There is no better life to live than the Christian life. We shall consider this tremendous subject under five main headings. We begin with the basis of the Christian life: on what is it founded? Second, before addressing the daily realities of the Christian life, we take a look ahead to the end and ask: what is the goal of the Christian life? To what is it heading? Then, we consider the heart of the Christian life: that it is a matter of the heart. Fourth, we take a look at the means by which the Christian life is led, what are sometimes called “means of grace.” Then, in our final section, we trace out some of the salient features of the Christian life.

The Basis of the Christian Life

We shall only understand the Christian life in the present if we grasp the foundation upon which it is built. The Bible speaks of this in at least the following seven ways.

Repentance and Faith

God commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30–31). Peter gives this command on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38) and it is the consistent teaching of the New Testament. We are to turn from our sin and to trust in Jesus Christ the Savior and Lord. Without this repentance and faith, there is no Christian life. Indeed, repentance and faith are not simply the shape of the beginning of the Christian life; they are the shape of all of the Christian life, day after day after day.

But there is a problem; we are neither willing nor able to repent and believe in Christ unless God works in us, for repentance and faith are ultimately the gift of God (cf. 2 Tim. 2:25). The remaining six ways of speaking about the basis of the Christian life all focus on the sovereign action of God. Although we experience the beginnings of the Christian life in terms of our own repentance and faith, we come to understand that none of that would have happened unless God had first worked in us in his kindness.

By nature, we are spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). We can do nothing to save ourselves. God must give us birth from above, or new birth (John 3:1-8).

The Gift of the Spirit

This birth comes to us by the Holy Spirit who enters our hearts to give us life. By faith we receive the promised Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:14).

Adoption as God’s children

In giving us new birth, the Holy Spirit brings us into the family of God by adoption (Rom. 8:15). We become children of God. Sometimes the Bible uses the phrase “sons of God” for both men and women. This is not sexist; it expresses the wonderful truth that each of us, male or female, enters by grace into the privilege of the sonship of Jesus. It is a wonderful thing to be a child of God (1 John 3:1–2). All who are adopted into God’s family may share the assurance that God has predestined us for this in his love (Eph. 1:5).

The forgiveness of our sins

Right from the first day of the Christian life we may be sure that all our sins have been forgiven; the forgiveness of sins is a core part of the gospel message and a foundational element in the start of the Christian life (e.g. Matt. 26:28; Luke 24:47; Acts 10:43; Eph. 1:7).


The righteousness of Christ is reckoned, or imputed, to us by grace, because our sin has been reckoned to Christ’s account on the cross. We are therefore “justified” or “declared righteous” in God’s sight because of the atoning death of Jesus as the propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:21–26; 5:1–2).

Being incorporated “in Christ”

All these privileges—adoption, forgiveness, justification, the gift of the Spirit, new birth—are summed up in the New Testament by the important phrase “in Christ.” This does not mean that we are physically inside of Christ; it means we are in union with Christ. This is a deep union. It means that his death is accounted as our death, his resurrection as our (present spiritual and future bodily) resurrection, and his ascension as our certain future ascension (e.g. Rom. 6; 8:1; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:5–6; Col. 3:3).

The Goal of the Christian Life

To what end is the Christian life heading? What is its goal? The Bible gives at least four answers.

To be made like Jesus in the image of God

We begin with an individual answer: we are “predestined to be conformed to the image of (God’s) Son” (Rom. 8:29). The Son of God is the flawless image of God, what humankind was meant to be (e.g. Col. 1:15). God is making each believer like Jesus. This is his great project in you and in me, if we are in Christ.

To be a part of a worldwide completed church

Next, there is a corporate answer: we are destined to be a part of “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Rev. 7:9). The Christian life is lived individually, one by one; but it is not, in its essence, a matter for the individual alone. God is bringing to completion the worldwide church of Christ through all the ages; and we are a part of that.

To share in ruling the new creation

The promise to Abraham is that in his seed (Christ and all who are in Christ) he will inherit the world (Rom. 4:13). The “saints” (believers) “will judge” (that is, govern) “the world” (1 Cor. 6:2). Although our inheritance is “kept in heaven for” us (1 Pet. 1:4), it will be enjoyed, in resurrection bodies, in the new creation, the heavens and earth made new (Rev. 21:5; cf. Rom. 8:18–25; 2 Pet. 3:10–13).

To shine to the glory of God

Most deeply, our destiny is to shine to the glory of God (e.g. Eph. 1:6). The universe will unite in wonder at the astonishing and glorious grace of God in the completed church of Christ. This is the greatest goal of the Christian life.

The Heart of the Christian Life

The Christian life is a matter of the heart before it concerns our words and deeds. From the heart flow the springs of all of life (Prov. 4:23). The corruption of the heart is at the root of all our problems (e.g. Mark 7:6, 7, 14–23). The healing of the desires and affections of the heart is the most significant affair of the Christian life. What passes for the “Christian life” but by-passes the desires of the heart can never be more than rank hypocrisy.

The Means of the Christian Life

The Christian life begins, continues, and ends entirely by the free unmerited grace of God, yet God has chosen to use instruments through which to bring his grace into our lives. The old-fashioned expression for these is “the means of grace.” We shall consider four.

The Scriptures

Psalm 1 declares a blessing on the one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord” and who “meditates” on that law “day and night” (Ps. 1:2). The “law” of the Lord means his instruction, that is, the Scriptures. Jesus supremely is the man whose delight was in these Scriptures, during his life on earth (cf. Luke 2:41-51). These Scriptures, the Old Testament as read in the light of the New, and the New as prepared for by the Old, make us “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 3:15); that is, they lead us in the way that leads to our final rescue. The Christian life is nurtured by the Bible, both read privately and in the life of the home, and heard publicly, especially in the preaching of the Scriptures to the local church.

In the fellowship of a local church, we stir one another up to love and good works. We encourage one another to wait for Jesus’ return, to repent and believe day by day (cf. Heb. 10:24–25). Every Christian needs to belong to the fellowship of a local church.

It is a very great privilege of the Christian life that “through (Jesus Christ) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph. 2:18). We pray to the Father; we can have this access because by his sin-bearing death the Lord Jesus has opened the way; the Holy Spirit works in our hearts and enables us to use this privilege in prayer (Rom. 8:26). And so, “in everything” – all the trials and joys of the Christian life – “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” we may bring our requests to God (Phil. 4:6).

The Sacraments

Jesus gave his church two visible sacraments, or signs of the gospel: baptism (Matt. 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion (e.g. Matt. 26:26–28; 1 Cor. 11:23–26). Baptism is the sign of entry into the Christian life and the Lord’s Supper signifies a continuing participation in the benefits of Christ’s death for us. By these outward signs we are reassured of the trustworthiness of the gospel of Christ.

The Outworking of the Christian Life

The spirit-enabled life.

Paul writes to the Philippian church: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12). God works in us, but he does not pull the strings as if we were puppets; he works in us by his Spirit so that we begin to “will” (to desire or want) and then to “work” in ways that please God. We “work out” (in the sense of “outworking” or putting into practice) what God first “works in” us.

In Romans 8:1–14 the apostle Paul sketches out for us, in broad strokes, the difference Christ makes in terms of practical living. Life without God, before salvation, was dominated by sin and “the flesh.” We lived not with godward aims but for ourselves. But in Christ a new controlling factor has taken over; we are no longer “in the flesh” but “in the Spirit”, “led by the Spirit” (v. 14) into righteousness. This is the “gift of the Spirit” mentioned above. With his enablement, we are now free to live unto God as the following paragraphs describe.

We consider five aspects of this each of which characterizes a healthy Christian life.

Faith and Obedience

Faith in Scripture is more than a cognitive assent or agreement that certain things are true. Authentic faith is inseparable from obedience. Paul writes of “the obedience of faith” (Rom. 1:5; 16:26). James agrees with Paul and insists that a so-called “faith” that does not involve obedience to the law of God is not a true faith (James 2:14-26). The outworking of the life of faith will be shaped by the law of God, and especially the grand moral principles summarized in the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:1-17).

The Christian life takes seriously the commandment to love God and love neighbor (e.g. Matt. 22:37-39). This is at heart one commandment, not two distinct commandments: we love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength; and the outworking of genuine love for God will be a love for the neighbor whom God sets before us. This includes our close family and those who live in our locality, but also many others, in the workplace, in our nations, and in the world.

Godliness and Good Works

Closely allied to “the obedience of faith” is a life of practical godliness, of good works. The letter to Titus emphasizes this aspect of the Christian life. Titus himself is to be “a model of good works” while teaching that Jesus Christ our Savior “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:7, 14). This is not legalism, which is the attempt to gain a righteous standing before God through our good works; it is the out-working of the redemption that is given us entirely by grace.

Self-denial and Sacrifice

Another way of speaking of the outworking of the Christian life is that it involves denial of self. “If anyone would come after me,” says the Lord Jesus immediately after speaking of his sufferings and crucifixion, “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Jesus speaks first of his own sacrifice; by his death he bears much fruit. But he speaks also to every man and woman who will follow him.

A beautiful outworking of the grace of God in the Christian is the grace of giving. This is entirely a willing and cheerful response to the grace God has given us in Jesus (2 Cor. 8–9).

The service of the gospel in Christian mission

When Jesus speaks of the denial of self, he goes on to promise that “whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). It is important to take seriously the Bible’s emphasis on the priority of the gospel of Christ. It is not enough for a Christian to read the Scriptures, to belong to a church, to pray, to live a life of godly piety, and to do good works. The highest form of love for neighbor will involve doing all he or she can to bring them the message of the gospel. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” says the risen Jesus. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt 28:18–19). Not every Christian will be a particularly gifted evangelist, but each Christian ought to be committed to evangelism and the work of Christian mission, both in their locality and throughout the world.

To live the Christian life, we do well to remember its gracious basis and its glorious goal. We rejoice daily in all that God has done for us in Jesus. In giving us his Son, God has, with the Son, given us all that we need for life and godliness (Rom. 8:32; 2 Pet. 1:3). We remember that, in its core, the Christian life is an affair of the heart. We gratefully make use of all the means God has given us to press home his grace to our hearts. And we gladly live out what God has first worked in us by his Spirit.

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It is important to point out first that living out a Christian lifestyle is not what so many people perceive it to be. Many people through ignorance think it is a lifestyle chosen by those who are desperate, bored, and having nothing else to do with their lives. Indeed to live out a lifestyle of following Christ is not for the feeble, cowards, and for the people pleasers. The lifestyle is a life characterized by self-denial, discipline, and commitment. But who is a Christian? The word Christian first appears in the Bible in Acts 11:26 which reads “ And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch ” (Acts 11:26b). The word Christian, therefore, was a word first used in Antioch to describe the disciples of Jesus who were living there. The word Christian is derived from the name “Christ” and is used for someone who is Christ-like. The disciples in Antioch had certain characteristics that made them stand out as the followers of Jesus. In essence, what this means is that even today there are certain characteristics that need to stand out in every Christian that are easily identifiable even without saying word, it is a lifestyle that can be deduced by just observing the kind of lifestyle that a person leads. In contemporary society, the word Christian has been watered down so much to an extent that one only qualifies to be a Christian only by virtue that they go to church occasionally, have a baptismal name, and have Christian parents. This is not what is reflected in the Bible wherein many instances we see Jesus telling his listeners that to follow him should not be taken lightly and it should be a life that sometimes will attract persecution, hardship, and a lot of counting the cost. For me there are certain salient features that a life of a Christian should have which I am going to discuss using the Holy Scriptures as the basis.

Before making the decision to follow Christ the first and the most important step is to have faith that God exists, to have faith that Jesus is His son who came and lived on earth, was crucified died, and shed His blood on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and on the third day, he resurrected and ascended to heaven and will come back one day to pick those who are his. With this faith, a Christian can live a life that is pleasing to God because he/she is very much aware of His presence and is in the knowledge that ” without faith, it is hard to please God in any way” Hebrews10:23.

The Bible is the inherent word of God and forms the bedrock of the Christian faith. Without the Bible, it would be extremely difficult to know how to live as a Christian. The Bible is the manual for any person who wants to live a successful Christian life. Reading the Bible alone does not necessarily mean that one now is leaving the Christian life out rather, one needs to read and put what he/she reads into practice, the book of James explicitly states this where it says: “ But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror” James 1:22-23. Therefore reading the word of God and obeying it is very important and this shows whether one loves God or not.

When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment he replied: “ You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself ”. Luke 10:26-28. The lifestyle of a Christian should be characterized by the love of God more than anything else. To God, this way means that one has to discard the notion that proclaiming to love God is not enough but obeying His words in actual sense is a show that one really loves God. The other important aspect of a Christian is to “love thy neighbor as thy self”. One characteristic that a Christian should have is that one of love and compassion for others and especially for those who are lost. When one loves their neighbors, he/she is extending the love of God to them. In fact, the Bible is very clear on this issue where it says that it would be impossible to love God if we do not love our neighbors. For me, these are the three main lifestyles that every Christian should possess, because they form the basis of Christianity without which that life is untenable.

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...LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Suffering and Pain in the Christian Life Submitted to Dr. Albert Letting, In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of SEMI 500 B22 Introduction to Seminary Studies by Philip Mion January 22, 2015 Outline……………………………………………………………………………iii Introduction………………………………………………………………………1 C . S . Lewis’ Influential Experiences with Pain and Suffering………………2 The Weight of Pain and Suffering………………………………..……….2 C. S. Lewis’ Theological Foundations on Why God is God?………………….4 Divine Goodness…………………………………………………………6 Human Pain………………………………………………………………8 Conclusion......

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The Issue of Power in the Christian Life

...Paul's teaching on God's Power for Christian living. In chapters 6-8, Paul discusses a pertinent topic about the effect of the gospel on people's lives, mainly people's sinful nature. In verse 15, he asks a particularly pertinent question concerning sin; “What should we say then? We should not sin because the law does not rule us but rather God's grace” (Romans 6:15). For if it is only faith that justifies us to live a gracious life. What is the incentive for living a holy life? Why do we not just have the best of both worlds? Paul argues that if one were a slave to a bad master, and gets a new master who is guiltless, one would still want to work occasionally for the bad master (Graham, 1978). Paul then maintains that we may still struggle not sin, but we should not be kept in bondage by it. He shows us the difference between abiding by the law and living according to the holy spirit of God. Using marriage law as an example, he shows us that the law does not lose its authority over us by its death, but by people's death. It rules over us as long as we live. In Romans 8:1-10, Paul demonstrates how to live in accordance with the spirit, thereby allowing peace in people's hearts. By the Holy Spirit, we are God’s children and have the assurance before God that nothing shall come between us and his love. This, he refers to as hope because it gives us a bright future in Christ (Alexander & Alexander, 2002). Paul shows us that people's present suffering cannot be compared to...

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Wit With Christian Life Coaching Analysis

...According to the text coaching is getting someone from where they are in life to where they want to be, while counseling deals with problems that a person is facing and tries to fix the problem, mentoring provides modeling and supervision on projects, and discipleship is described as teaching biblical truths and spiritual discipline to new believers (Collins, 2002). What makes coaching stand out from counseling, mentoring, and discipleship is that the coach is not in a lead role, but someone who is a coequal to the client; whereas, with the other three, they are leadership roles that guide the client to focus on a specific problem and teach them how to solve it. The coach comes alongside the person and requires the person to come up with solutions to problems they are facing; problems that are not deep conflicting struggles in their past, but problems that allow them to reach goals in life....

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Monastic Life Christian V Buddhist

...These two religions are Christianity and Buddhism. In an idyllic situation, there are definite similarities in the lives of the monks and nuns who dedicate themselves to the monasteries* of both religions. History shows us that the reality of what was practiced in the respective institutions of these two religions was often very different. There are, however, many differences in daily monastic life for Christians and Buddhists, but the greatest differences became manifest in what the ultimate goals of those monks and nuns who practiced monastic life in the name of Christianity and Buddhism.         In both Christian and Buddhist tradition monastic life is defined as having a cloistered existence, forsaking normal life and taking religious vows. In both traditions, the vows that are taken are meant to be binding for life. In the case of some types of Buddhism most of these vows are to be kept even if one leaves monastic life, and in Christianity monastic vows are only a more specific reaffirmation of the vows taken by all Christians when they are baptized.[1] More specifically, Christians vow to reject Satan and to accept Christ, and monks do this for a second time when they receive the rite of tonsure, which is why this rite is often called the second baptism. The rite of tonsure is the cutting of hair and shaving of scalp, which has had many reasons over the ages, but is always a sign of submission to God. Buddhists also shave their heads when entering a monastery, but this......

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Review of the Christian Calling to Business Life

...Review of The Christian Calling to Business Life I have dealt with many people in my lifetime. In my opinion, people with religion believes do have better quality than the people don’t have. I came from China, and most Chinese people don’t have religions. They don’t even know wait in line when they are at cashier. When an old Chinese lady fell down on the street, there was nobody even trying to help her out because they were afraid of being framed. After reading “The Christian Calling to Business Life” by Shirley J. Roels, I deeply realize that Christian will bring a better quality of business styles. Church and its leadership structure are actually as same as business. They were both created with the same concepts. In Church organization, the people in ministry consist pastors, worship leaders etc, and they are guided by our GOD. In business, it consists employer, employee, supervisor, manager, and regular workers. In Shirley’s article, she highly recommended that Christian should be called in order to better quality the business, and she also suggested this should be happened in 21st century. This really brings me a bright sight that there are many businesses went to bankrupt or collapse nowadays. But I did not hear a Church falling down so far. The reason been is the Church’s effective leadership and its ethical strategies are more powerful than a regular business. This theory really leads me to imagine if there is a business filled out with all Christians from......

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C.S. Lewis on Suffering and Pain in the Christian Life

...LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY C.S. Lewis on Suffering and Pain in the Christian Life Submitted to Dr. Rodney Anderson, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion SEMI 500-B28 LUO Introduction to Seminary Studies by Abigail Strain September 28, 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What were the influential experiences of C. S. Lewis on the topic of pain and suffering? 3 A Heartbreaking foundation 3 C. S. Lewis Atheistic View 4 C. S. Lewis’ Conversion Experience 4 Theodicy 5 C. S. Lewis’ Views on Theodicy and Faith Theology 5 C. S. Lewis Theological views on Pain and Suffering and the Christian Life 6 Evangelizing the lost as seen through eyes of C.S. Lewis 6 Why Evangelize ? 6 Reaching the Lost in the Midst of Pain and Suffering 7 Conclusion 8 Bibliography 10 Introduction This paper will give the readers an understanding of C.S. Lewis’ views on pain and suffering. C.S Lewis’ works emphasize the quandary of theodicy, how pain and suffering originated and how it serves to mold and strengthen our life theology thus creating harmony within our souls (mind), The soul being your mind will and emotions (Deut 6:5), when these arise. C. S. Lewis was a complex individual who demonstrated his courage and shared his faith theology in the midst of his pain and suffering by writing the struggles he went......

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Andrew Murray on Practical Theology in the Christian Life

...UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Andrew Murray on Practical Theology in the Christian Life Part IV Submitted to Doug Taylor, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of SEMI 500-B33 Introduction to Seminary Studies by February 22, 2015 Contents   Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………...… 1 Thesis…………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 A Brief History of Andrew Murray……………………………………………………… 1 Section 1: The Influential Experiences of Andrew Murray…………………………….…..... 2 The Influence of His Family……………...……………………………………………… 3 The Influence of His Travel...………...……….…………………………………………. 3 Section 2: The Theological Foundations of Andrew Murray………………………………... 5 The Basis of His Character………………………………………………………………. 5 The Basis of His Position on Practical Theology…………………….………………….. 6 Section 3: The Personal Applications Found in the Life of Andrew Murray…….………… 6 The Impact of Practical Theology in His Life…………………………………………… 7 The Impact of Practical Theology in His Writings...…………………………………….. 8 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………..... 9 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………….... 10 Introduction “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Jesus spoke those words to the disciples the night before his crucifixion. Genesis 6:22 tells us, “Thus did Noah; according to all [emphasis added] that God commanded him, so did he.” When a Christian learns how to obey Jesus, his love for the Savior increases. In......

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Does Practical Theology Exist in Christian Life

...Conclusion……………………………………………………………………..9 Bibliography………………………………………………………………….10 Introduction It is evident that many believers lack significant spiritual growth in their Christian faith. This paper will first discuss the history of Andrew Murray and how he established his theology for Christian life. Next, the theological principles that encouraged his views as he sought to commit his life to Christ, will be examined. Finally, it will investigate how he used theology to encourage spiritual growth in the church. The goal of this paper is to examine Andrew Murray’s view on the concept of practical theology as it relates to Christian life and the lack of spiritual growth in the church. Andrew Murray Andrew Murray illustrates his experiences from his youth to adulthood and his steadfast dedication to God. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1828, Andrew was reared by parents who were in the ministry. His father, Andrew Murray, Sr., was a minister. Andrew knew at an early age that he wanted to be a minister, but that was originally a career choice and not an act of faith. It was not until he completed his master’s degree and went on to study theology that he discovered he wanted much more than that. The information he and his brother received from their Father Andrew Murray Sr. was a stepping stone to the spiritual values he went on to develop later in life. Andrew studied in the Netherlands at the University of Utrecht. He continued on an enduring quest for God and his......

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Matthew 7: 13-14: The Definition Of Early Christian Life

...Therefore, we go through life putting in effort here or there to insure a constant Christian appearance without inconveniencing ourselves. There are many verses that deal with what a Christian must face in order to reach heaven. Matthew 7:13-14 expresses that Christian life is not easy but filled with hardship. This verse eventually evolves into the name and definition of Early Christians which...

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The Christain Life

...THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Presented to Dr. Timothy Swinson for BIBL 425 – Romans by J.W. Cullen L23879492 11 Aug 12 Introduction The believer putting to death the corrupted deeds of the body by the Spirit and the renewing of the believer’s mind to discern the things of God characterizes the Christian life, according to Paul’s teaching depicted in Romans 8:13 and 12:2. A Christian must continually put to the death sin, by the work of the Holy Spirit, which originates within their hearts and within their bodies, that is the expression of the sin within the heart. Christians are set apart for God’s use and according to Romans 8:29, God conforms believers to the image of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The life of every Christian is a continual renewal or development to the likeness of Christ, who is the perfect image of man. Romans 8 depicts a transformation of a life dominated by the flesh to a life led by the Spirit of God. A Christian’s mindset is reshaped by the Spirit and is focused on to the things of God and not on the world. The motive for Christian living is intellectual in which it begins with the mind. What a Christian has been already made in Christ is now what they are called to do. Ultimately, the end result of the Christian life is to bring glory to God. Thus God is glorified when man response to Him by placing his trust in Jesus Christ and turns from a lifestyle of sin, which is characterized by obedience and devotion to Him. Corrupted......

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What It Means to Be a Christian Be a Christian I. Introduction There are three concepts that have helped reshape the perception I have of Christianity: the Christian’s way of life, the Christian’s testimony, and the Church, or the Body of Christ, as it relates to the community. Each of these concepts is very important as independent ideas, but together they strengthen and enhance the life of a Christian. My own life has been strengthened by these ideas, and that is why I believe they are all essential to the growth and maturity of every Christian’s spiritual walk. They assist in defining what it means to be a true Christian. II. Section One: The Life of a Christian The first of these important concepts deals with the lifestyle of a Christian. Every aspect of a person’s physical life is directly involved with their spiritual health whether they realize it or not. It is not only crucial for a Christian to be aware of what they are doing in the presence of others, it is important for them to be aware of the decisions they make without an accountable audience. Choosing to live a lifestyle according to the teachings of Jesus Christ is the best way to genuinely show God and others that His lifestyle is, in fact, the best way. It also shows others, believers and non-believers alike, what a Christian really is and what one represents. For a Christian to truly be capable of living a Christian lifestyle, they must first begin their journey with a sincere, voluntary choice to turn their life......

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