Many well-meaning Christians who sincerely love the Lord are up and down in their Christian experience because they ... Beware of the barrenness of an overbusy life. ... To start a novel or biography in the middle results in confusion.
Author: George Sweeting
Publisher: Moody Publishers
With more than 600,000 copies in print, How to Begin the Christian Life is a modern classic. It has helped tens of thousands begin their Christian lives. Now let it help you or someone you know. Are you unsure if you're a Christian? Do you want to know how to pray, study the Bible, or handle trouble? Are you interested in God's principles for giving financially to the church? This little handbook will give you reliable scriptural guidance in these and other areas of Christian living. Houses need strong foundations. Races are won by strong starts just as much as fast finishes. The beginning of your Christian life is no different. A strong start to your Christian life is not only pleasing to our Lord, but will help equip you for what lies ahead. The future will be exciting, yet challenging. Will you be ready?
The word Christian is really the combination of two words: Christ and man. When a man or woman is united with Christ, he or she forms one word—Christian. A Christian is the combination of Christ and you. The sinner receives the Savior, ...
Author: George Sweeting
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Enjoy these SAMPLE pages from How to Begin the Christian Life- Beginnings are crucial! Houses need strong foundations. Races are won by strong starts just as much as fast finishes. The beginning of your Christian life is no different. A strong start to your Christian life is not only pleasing to our Lord, but will help equip you for what lies ahead. The future will be exciting, yet challenging. Will you be ready? How to Begin the Christian Life is a modern classic. With more than 600,000 copies in print it has already helped tens of thousands begin their Christian lives. Now let it help you or someone you know. Are you unsure if you're a Christian? Do you want to know how to pray, study the Bible, or handle trouble? Are you interested in God's principles for giving financially to the church? This little handbook will give you reliable scriptural guidance in these and other areas of Christian living.
Release on 1681 | by John SCOTT (D.D., Canon of St. Paul's.)
CONSIDER the final Success of this your spiritual Warfare doth very much depend upon your weil beginning of it . ... you will then quickly find your fappy fappy Resolutions sink , and like so many rotten Banks 288 Of the CHRISTIAN LIFE .
For the idea of making idols was the beginning of fornication, and the invention of them was the corruption of life; for they did not exist from the beginning, nor will they last forever. For through human vanity they entered the world, ...
Author: Mark Harding
Publisher: A&C Black
Early Christian Life and Thought in Social Context fills a vacuum in current scholarship. While there exist a number of anthologies of sources for students of the New Testament and early Judaism, this book integrates concise explanatory comment on various aspects of the historical and social situation of the early Christians with substantial extracts from early Christian, early Jewish, and Graeco-Roman sources.
life than beginning right. If we begin right, we can is nothing more important in the Christian go on right. If we begin wrong, the whole life that follows is likely to be wrong. If anyone who reads these pages has begun wrong, ...
Author: Reuben A. Torrey
Publisher: Aneko Press
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 “I have for years felt the need of a book to put in the hands of those beginning the Christian life that would tell them just how to make a complete success of this new life upon which they were entering. I could find no such book, so I have been driven to write one. This book aims to tell the young convert just what he most needs to know. I hope that pastors and evangelists and other Christian workers may find it a good book to put in the hands of young converts. I hope that it may also prove a helpful book to many who have long been Christians but have not made that headway in the Christian life that they long for.” - Reuben A. Torrey List of Chapters Ch. 1: Beginning Right Ch. 2: An Open Confession of Christ Ch. 3: Assurance of Salvation Ch. 4: Receiving the Holy Spirit Ch. 5: Looking Unto Jesus Ch. 6: Church Membership Ch. 7: Bible Study Ch. 8: Difficulties in the Bible Ch. 9: Prayer Ch. 10: Working for Christ Ch. 11: Foreign Missions Ch. 12: Companions Ch. 13: Amusements Ch. 14: Persecution Ch. 15: Guidance
the time of St. Paul we find the Christians of Ephesus assembling in the hall used for public instruction by Tyrannus the orator . Justin Martyr found a similar place in Rome , where he might give instruction in Christianity .
But after the first foundation of the church had been laid , and Christian domestic life had been formed , infant ... into a new life , through regeneration , but from the beginning the sanctifying influence of Christian communion must ...
Release on 2014-03-12 | by Christian Art Publishers
A classic collection on living an abundant life in Christ Christian Art Publishers. 1. Beginning. Right. There is nothing more important in the Christian life than beginning right. If we begin right we can go on right. If we begin wrong ...
Author: Christian Art Publishers
Publisher: Christian Art Publishers
THE BLESSED CHRISTIAN LIFE is a compilation of three celebrated Christian classics and their timeless messages surrounding Christian living. HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (first published in 1906) by R. A. Torrey outlines the basic principles of the Christian faith so that believers can enjoy a rewarding and successful Christian life. The practical guidelines also encourage readers who feel like they have not fully attained the Christian life they desire. ACCORDING TO THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD, (first published in 1692) aspiring to union with God is the ultimate goal of every soul. It renders the simple wisdom of Brother Lawrence accessible to every Christian who yearns for the fullness of life. A CHRISTIAN’S SECRET OF A HAPPY LIFE (first published in 1875) by Hannah Whitall Smith is a spiritual classic that prompts readers to always follow God’s will and divine guidance, and to weigh up everything in life against Scripture. THE BLESSED CHRISTIAN LIFE is perfect for both new believers and those mature in their faith who long to be reminded of the victory they have gained in Christ.
Resources for Further Study There is a difference between the history of Christianity and the history of Christian literature. The early history of Christianity must begin with the construction of the life and mission of Jesus that in ...
Author: Richard Valantasis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
The Gospels And Christian Life reads the four canonical Gospels as handbooks for religious formation through communal practices. The book focuses on the communities that produced each gospel, the dynamic energy each gospel displays for creating and sustaining community life, the different interpretations of the person of Jesus, and the different systems of organization and leadership each gospel promulgated. The authors carefully describe the social context of each Gospel and delineate the practices the texts prescribe. Each gospel has an imaginative portal, an introductory chapter introducing the necessary background for understanding the social, intellectual, and religious setting for each gospel. Their reading of each Gospel builds on these foundations to illustrate the nature and scope of the community's practices. Their work starts from the assumption that the communities did not look to the Gospels for biographical data on the life of Jesus to offer the reader a powerful reading of each Gospel community, its unique practices, and the way people were trained to become members of it. This book is aimed at undergraduate and graduate teachers and students, pastors, and the general audience eager for new ways to understand the New Testament.
Mark 13:29)? So when Saint John reveals to us, “In the beginning was the Word,” he is not at all saying that the Greeks had it right. He is correcting them, we might say— if we keep in mind that his correction blows their world sky high ...
Author: Anthony M. Esolen
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
In our hearts, we know that every event in our lives is providential and that each of us plays a critical role in the unfolding of the story God has written. We believe that God's will is anchored deep within our soul, and so too is the desire to know it and to live it. In these pages, acclaimed Catholic author Anthony Esolen claims that the story of your life has already been written and can be discovered by considering the life and person of Jesus. Only in God does the world possess meaning, and therefore only in relation to God are our lives genuine stories. Here, Esolen offers a brilliant reflection in ways that only he can upon what it means for any of us, and for all of us together, to dwell in a world of stories. And he shows how we can take events in the life of Christ as the touchstone for all that happens to us on our journey from time to eternity. Indeed, this book will finally awaken in you the unshakable confidence that despite even the tragic stories of this life, the good things you've known and loved are not gone forever: all that is lost will be found; all will be restored; all will be perfected. Truly, there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1). Like the star that led the Magi to Jesus, the wisdom in these pages will lead you to Christ. It will instill in you hope that increases every step of your way.
... the beginning or without a beginning; Dean Inge later displayed consternation at the very idea that the universe could have an end. Most modern Christians, living by tradition where medieval Christians could live by logic or reason, ...
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Aside from C. S. Lewis, no other Christian writer of the twentieth century has had more influence on faith and understanding than the enigmatic, larger-than-life G. K. Chesterton. This anthology combines twenty-six of the most essential passages from his works—from “A” for asceticism to “Z” for Zion—offering an unprecedented roundup of Chesterton’s ideas on the Christian life. Why does it make good sense to be Catholic in the modern world? How might a Christian balance the feasts of saints with Christ’s call to asceticism? What is useful about holy foolishness? What’s dangerous about “comparative religion”? G. K. Chesterton, whose enduring legacy is as a Christian thinker and apologist, offers his thoughts on these topics and more in this unique anthology of his work. Chesterton converted to Catholicism midway through his career of writing some of his century’s most important spiritual and theological works, including Orthodoxy, Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, and Saint Francis of Assisi. He is known for having written many memorable sentences—he was a master of witty one-liners—but as this book demonstrates for the first time, Chesterton also penned some of the best long passages of Christian literature in the history of the faith. You’ll come away with a better understanding not only of Chesterton, but of the Christian faith as well.
We begin the Christian life at our spiritual rebirth (John 3:3–8). While this is a necessary beginning, it is only a beginning. The important life issue, after being born again spiritually, is to live. Francis Schaeffer, in his book ...
Author: John Paterson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This book takes over from where my first book left off. WHERE ARE YOU? Was about being able to know where you are on life’s journey. This second book is very much about the journey itself – the inner journey – which remains uncharted.
Release on 1854 | by Christian Karl Josias Freiherr von Bunsen
It contains extracts from at least fifteen ost works of the Gnostic , Ebionitic , and mixed heretical schools and parties of the earliest times of Christianity . These extracts begin with the account of heresies which existed in the age ...
E. F. Rhodes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987), 75: “Apparently from the very beginning Christians did not use the scroll format for their writings, but rather the codex.” See also 7. pp. 101-102. It was not called “The Gospel of Mark” at ...
Author: Francis J Moloney
Publisher: ISD LLC
The voice of Francis J Moloney, SDB, has been heard in New Testament studies for many decades. Internationally famous for his work on the Gospel of John, this volume gathers studies that demonstrate the breadth and richness of his interests, beyond that well-established enterprise. The first part of the boom is dedicated to Gospel studies, with the majority of essays focussing upon the Gospel of Mark. They reflect his long interest and his major commentary on that Gospel (2012). Studies on Matthew, Luke and John complete these reflections.
If you want religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock ... Well, it is quite simple: Community is vitally important, and it has been since the very beginning.
Author: Alex Early
Publisher: Baker Books
What Life as a Christian Really Looks Like New believers need to know what to expect. While many books cover the nuts and bolts of new faith--how to read the Bible, how to pray, how to find a church--in this book, Alex Early focuses on issues of the heart. What are Christians supposed to feel? What happens when they sin? What does God want from them? Designed to challenge and reassure, this book gives a realistic depiction of the Christian life, and includes such topics as how to rest in God's love, what forgiveness looks like when you blow it, what it means to find your identity in Christ, and how to pray with honesty and transparency. God isn't surprised when we struggle, and although being in a relationship with God is amazing, he never promised that this life would be easy. He can handle "real" people, and he pours out his reckless love regardless of what we do or think on any given day. We all need to be reminded of this, but especially those new to the faith. This book is ideal for new believers, but seasoned Christians should also have copies on hand to give away. Includes end-of-chapter questions and a "Christianese to English" glossary.
dimension of the earliest Christian experience, and the communitarian and liturgical contexts for Christian ... At the beginning of Christianity, penance was not a set of procedures for readmitting the serious sinner to the community.
Author: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies responds to and celebrates the explosion of research in this inter-disciplinary field over recent decades. It is thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. Whilst the burgeoning of scholarly work has made it impossible for any one scholar to maintain expertise in every aspect of the discipline, this handbook seeks to aid both the new researcher in the field andthe scholar entering an unfamiliar sub-specialty. Each chapter orients readers to the current 'state of the question' in a given area, reflecting on key research issues to date, highlighting primarysources and giving suggestions as to the likely direction of future work. The Handbook takes the period 100 to 600 CE as a chronological span and examines the vast geographical area impacted by the early church, in Western and Eastern late antiquity.
Moreover I am aware it is not sufficient to claim, as I have here and elsewhere, that I have no intention of qualifying the necessity of God's grace for the beginning, living, and end of the Christian life. What I hope is now clear, ...
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Some fourteen years after its initial publication, this important and influential book, with a new, substantial, and candid introduction by the author, is available in a reasonably priced paperback edition. In this volume Hauerwas assesses recent interest in the “ethics of character” and suggests areas in his own work that now call for some corrective and/or further work.
new creation, touching down in Israel and determined ultimately by the faithful life of Jesus. I will then discuss how baptism into Christ by the Spirit functions as the starting point for Paul in thinking about the Christian life.
Author: Scot McKnight
Publisher: Baker Academic
The "new perspective" on Paul, an approach that seeks to reinterpret the apostle Paul and his letters against the backdrop of first-century Judaism, has been criticized by some as not having value for ordinary Christians living ordinary lives. In this volume, world-renowned scholars explore the implications of the new perspective on Paul for the Christian life and church. James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright, Bruce Longenecker, Scot McKnight, and other leading New Testament scholars offer a response to this question: How does the apostle Paul understand the Christian life? The book makes a fresh contribution to the new perspective on Paul conversation and offers important new insights into the orientation of the Christian life.
Others even think that philosophy entered life from an evil source, some evil inventor, for the purpose human suffering. ... Clement was forced to find resources internal to early Christianity with which to construct a framework that ...
Author: Lewis Ayres
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
The study of the growth of early Christian intellectual life is of perennial interest to scholars. This volume advances discussion by exploring ways in which Christian writers in the second century did not so much draw on Hellenistic intellectual traditions and models, as they were inevitably embedded in those traditions. The volume contains papers from a seminar in Rome in 2016 that explored the nature and activity of the emergent Christian intellectual between the late first century and the early third century. The papers show that Hellenistic scholarly cultures were the milieu within which Christian modes of thinking developed. At the same time the essays show how Christian thinkers made use of the cultures of which they were part in distinctive ways, adapting existing traditions because of Christian beliefs and needs. The figures studied include Papias from the early part of the second-century, Tatian, Irenaeus, and Clement of Alexandria from the later second century. One paper on Eusebius of Caesarea explores the Christian adaptation of Hellenistic scholarly methods of commentary. Christian figures are studied in the light of debates within Classics and Jewish studies.
The early steps of a Christian life are the most rugged . The tasks of a Christian are never so severe and forbidding as at the first . The farther end of the Christian life is the easier . We begin a worldly life by going down a slope ...