Feb 13, That they would join those in church history who have gone deepest in their relationship with God! I'll mention John Owen as one example. God, our Heavenly Father, has always desired to be close to us, to have a relationship with us. As Christians, we acknowledge that God exists and that Christ. Do you have a long distance relationship with God, or are you in His I love my husband, Dave, and he desires for me to spend time with Him out of love and.
For Brian McLarenthe problem is the stress on "personal" relationship and "personal" salvation.
The original intent of stressing the personal was to distinguish it from an impersonal relationship like the orbital relationship of the moon to the earthand stress that faith is not something we are born into by default, but involves us personally.
It needs to be lived.Becoming One with God -- Pt 1 (Joyces Bootcamp: Knowing God -- Week 2)
The problem, as McLaren points out, is that the idea of something being "personal" also has an individualistic self-focus to it: As a result, faith becomes focused on us as individuals -- a focus on personal morality, personal prayer, personal Bible study.
The idea of a personal relationship with God should not be taken to mean a privatized faith.
Relationship with God
If we really took the idea of relationship seriously, we would recognize that faith understood as relationship needs to be both personal and social. A relational faith, by its very definition, is inherently social. As the epistle of John so powerfully says, "if we say we love God, but do not love our brother, then we are deceiving ourselves. While salvation begins personally and intimately, it cannot end in a myopic self-focused faith. Genuine personal relationship with God must flow over into all of our relationships -- caring for the least, loving our enemies, and showing the fruit of that genuine personal connection.
How could it not? If we really are in a living relationship with Jesus, then won't we come to see people the way he does, and care about the things he cares about?
I'll say it again: If we really took the idea of relationship with God seriously, we would also love others. So rather than focusing on relationship less, I think we should focus more on it.
Relationships are at the core of who we are as humans. Nearly every artistic expression is about relationship, from Shakespearian dramas to the current top 10 music charts: Relationships reflect our deepest human struggles. They are the source of our most profound joy and pain -- what we long for most, what keeps us up at night. It is in relationship that we find out who we are as humans, and what matters most in life. We as humans are made for relationship, and outside of relationship cannot be truly ourselves.
We have a relational identity, a social self.
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
As babies we begin life as self-focused and gradually learn to see ourselves as beings in relationship as we learn to love and be loved. Not a single human being by his own efforts is able to measure up to the glory of God. God desires that we share that splendor, yet our sin prohibits us from experiencing the richness of such a relationship.
What God began in the past, He will accomplish and complete in the future. God considers us children of a Heavenly Father 2 Corinthians 6: When redeemed, we are again sealed into a special relationship with God.
Relationship with God
While sin can enslave us to the point of fear, believers in Jesus are adopted, receiving the same privileges as natural-born. Christians can approach God through an intimate relationship, even calling Him Father Romans 8: God values us as precious treasures, capable of honoring Him with our bodies and spirits. Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father.
The relationship the two shared while Jesus was on earth was unparalleled John 1: But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ Our earthly relationships change. You and I are destined for change.
But Jesus is changeless.