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Month: October, 2015

Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian?

My brain keeps telling me you DON’T have to go to CHURCH to be a Christian, ya’know.

But here’s another point of view that I thin is accurate but hard to accept by me.

Is church attendance, if you’re physically able, a requirement to go to heaven? In a very technical sense, the answer is no. However, we need to remember a few things. Christ commands His people not to forsake the assembling together (Heb. 10:25). When God constituted the people of Israel, He organized them into a visible nation and placed upon them a sober and sacred obligation to be in corporate worship before Him. If a person is in Christ, he is called to participate in koinonia—the fellowship of other Christians and the worship of God according to the precepts of Christ. If a person knows all these things and persistently and willfully refuses to join in them, would that not raise serious questions about the reality of that person’s conversion? Perhaps a person could be a new Christian and take that position, but I would say that’s highly unlikely.

Some of us may be deceiving ourselves in terms of our own conversion. We may claim to be Christians, but if we love Christ, how can we despise His bride? How can we consistently and persistently absent ourself from that which He has called us to join—His visible church? I offer a sober warning to those who are doing this. You may, in fact, be deluding yourself about the state of your soul.

This excerpt is taken from What Is the Church? by R.C. Sproul. Download it and other free ebooks in the Crucial Questions serieshere.

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Story of my life.

Still, there was the nagging feeling that there should be something more to life than slaving your days away for someone else’s dream while sitting through countless meetings wasting your precious life.

The Identity That Can Handle Both Failure And Success.

My previous blog post was during my period of unemployment. It was quite a dark period in my life where I was lost, felt suffocated and depressed. Looking back, I now understood why I felt that way. It is because in today’s’ culture, I’m told that my self-worth was based on having a good job, (preferably in a reputable company with high salary etc) coupled together with family’s and society’s expectations from me to achieve and be great at something.

I taught a degree from Monash would land me in those big MNCs. I thought working in prestigious companies meant an increase in my self-worth. Maybe people will like me more. Maybe I will get more respect. But, back then I didn’t even know what I want or where I am heading to. I was in the pitch dark just aimlessly floating in a vacuum of space. At least that was how I felt.

I’m not saying that work is not a good thing and not important but today, in our modern culture, work becomes our identity – it’s just not just what we do it has become who we are. Our identity. If we are successful it will go to our head, we have this inflated idea of our identity, thinking we’re more able and wise than we really are.

Worldly perspective: Your identity has to be achieved not received.

Christian perspective: Your identity is received NOT achieved.

Worldly perspective: I perform to be accepted by others.

Christian perspective: I’m accepted in Jesus Christ and I know who I am in Jesus , therefore I perform.

This means 2 things that : –

  1. Every other approach to identity either mean you can be bold and confident or humble and

If you think of yourself as open-minded, you HAVE to look down as someone you consider narrow-minded bigot. It is this need to put others down to feel superior.

2. We can be both bold and humble at once through Christ Jesus.

Bold : Because we know that He already love and accepts us just as we are with all our flaws.

Humble : Because although we are sinful and unworthy, He still choose to loves us.

Note: Most of the references and points made here are taken from Timothy Keller’s sermon of the above title.