Theological FAQ: Personal Relationship
According to Wikipedia's definition, 'Jesus Christ is the central figure of The aspect of Jesus that I struggle with the most is the personal relationship I believe the Bible affects me in that it is God's word; we should live how it tells us and use it . We (our little Christian community) have economic discipline to give some of. Barry Couts tells how he got to know Jesus as a real friend and Savior in the Lord, unless we ask Him for forgiveness and come to a personal relationship with Him. He started to speak to me about things in my life that I could align to His. Here we go: Describe your personal relationship with Jesus. Feel free to Something has got to remain just between the two of us, geesh!).
We share more than God as our heavenly Father. We also share God as our common inhabitant and our power, as to appeal to David duPlessis our living water and our fire. So Jesus is also my fellow laborer. He grants me a share in his work of reconciliation. He has his work, and by his grace I have mine. Jesus is my hero. I point others to him not just because that's what Christians are supposed to do, but because I'm a fan. I worship the man. He alone is worthy. And when I tell him so in prayer, and show it in meetings of our fan club, he comes.
My relationship with Jesus
Then my third-person relationship opens up anew into a second-person relationship. Absence becomes presence, "he" becomes "you. Yet the times of Jesus' personal presence do not sideline any of the aspects of our third-person relationship, or bracket my professional work as a theologian and educator. I have the high privilege of a career dedicated to appreciating the Church's most treasured relationship.
Each grounds the other. As the theological axiom says, Lex orandi, lex credendi: Surely there are things I can do to facilitate it.
I am learning to treat obstacles in my relationship with God as opportunities for reflection and study, working through them constructively.
I am learning to stop defending God and to let God defend himself. I think we need to present Jesus as one who challenges the status quo with surprising things, because I think the image we have is so banal and so predictable. And in places where the church is associated with the status quo, to find a way of recovering the subversiveness of Jesus.
Jesus is a hero, teacher, son, friend, legend, healer, Messiah, and a leader. Jesus is my savior. Jesus is absolutely essential and foundational to my thinking. In this country you will see a very clear divided emphasis between those who primarily focus on Jesus as Lord in terms of worship in church. The focus is very much on him ascended on high, in power, in glory.
Peacemaking is central to the gospel and its central to what the church is called to be. A peacemaking community within itself. But Jesus is a person of action, caring and love. He makes demands on us to be faithful, to be caring.
He comes by without condemning but standing alongside of and affirming the dignity of every person. Jesus was a man of action. He spent His time among the people, working among the people. Raymond, Ivory Coast, West Africa: In order for Jesus to become incarnate he made himself nothing and he temporarily set aside the glory he had shared with God.
And after he had finished his earthly ministry, he asked God as we see in John 17, to give to him again, to restore to him the glory that he had let go of during his earthly ministry and that was his right. And it was in this way that he was raised to the right hand of God and restored to his former position of glory. Jesus is truly God manifested and always was even in his earthly ministry. Nonviolence is absolutely at the heart of the gospel of Jesus.
The whole issue lies, where we start, with the people being made in the image and likeness of God and a recognition of that. However evil, however violent a person is, we have a person here who is nevertheless made in the image and likeness of God and a recognition of that. We have thousands of years of believing that somehow we cleanse the world by killing evil people and that completely is an illusion. In fact every violent situation has the opportunity of redemption.
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Jesus would have us live against the grain of our culture in terms of the dominant values and especially in material things.
We our little Christian community have economic discipline to give some of our money away. The way that we worship shapes our peoplehood. How do we evaluate our worship? Many people will say, well, I felt really good today. Or the singing was wonderful. And people are evaluating the worship in these individual terms.
Are we a more merciful people, are we a peacemaking people?
Who is Jesus to you?
Is the way of Jesus really printed on our foreheads or is it showing in the way that we live together? Jesus is really important. We are trying to live our lives based on his values. The way we try and be generous with money, the way we open our homes for people to stay. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about money.
I now see money as a gift that God gives in order that other people might be resourced. And I think that anger and nonviolence are not opposites. I think God wishes many more of us would be angry. This should be a house of prayer for all nations.
Death and resurrection Noel, England: Even his humanity was something that these people could look at and feel drawn by it. I think of Jesus more as somebody I know, just like I have friends who would in a certain situation say, pull yourself together or keep your eye on the ball or something.
People have certain sorts of things they say and you know them. I think of Jesus in that way. There are certain sorts of things that he says that reverberate in my mind that come to mind when things happen. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about the way we view things. A young man came to our house one night. While I was out of the room, he pulled out a 8-inch long kitchen knife and told my wife, Dorothy, and Michael and Julian to go downstairs into the office.
There was an ensuing struggle but I was able to stop him. He never for a moment thought that I would have anything but fear of him and this knife. You know, he saw his knife as an absolute power.
I was not afraid of his knife and God protected us. They pray to Him, read His word, and meditate on verses in an effort to get to know Him even better. Those who have a personal relationship with God pray for wisdom James 1: Jesus is the one who loves us enough to give His life for us Romans 5: The Holy Spirit has been given to us as our Counselor.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
Jesus said this before He died, and after He died, the Holy Spirit became available to all who earnestly seek to receive Him. He is the one who lives in the hearts of believers and never leaves.