The evangelical church is home to many who claim to follow Christ but who show little evidence of a truly transformed life. Todd Wilson's Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith biblically defines what it means to be a...
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The evangelical church is home to many who claim to follow Christ but who show little evidence of a truly transformed life. Todd Wilson's Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith biblically defines what it means to be a true Christian, calling readers to look at their own lives and diagnose where they aren?t living authentically for God. With a prophetic voice, Wilson looks at how we deceive ourselves into thinking we are really living for God through believing the right things or doing lots of spiritual activities. In contrast, real Christians are marked by five key qualities: broken-hearted joy, a humble disposition, a readiness to acknowledge sin, an ability to live balanced and avoid legalism, and a deep spiritual hunger that drives growth. All of these qualities culminate in the single defining mark of a real Christian?love.
To help in distinguishing genuine faith from counterfeit spirituality, Wilson draws upon the gospels, the writings of Paul, and the insights of theologian Jonathan Edwards to help readers understand the necessary marks of an authentic, transformed life, marks that show evidence of a new heart and bear spiritual fruit through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Todd Wilson (Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Cambridge) is responsible for teaching and training adults at College Church, Wheaton Illinois. This includes our adult communities, mens and womens ministries, and several other opportunities for learning and growth. He joined the staff at College Church in September 2005, and is an adjunct instructor in biblical studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (Mohr-Siebeck), Paul's Life and Letters (Lion Publishing), and coeditor (with Leland Ryken) of Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes (Crossway). Todd and his wife, Katie, have three children. -Editorial Review.
- <p>the Evangelical Church Is Home To Many Who Claim To Follow Christ But Who Show Little Evidence Of A Truly Transformed Life. Todd Wilson's <em>real Christian: Bearing The Marks Of Authentic Faith</em> Biblically Defines What It Means To Be A True Christian, Calling Readers To Look At Their Own Lives And Diagnose Where They Aren?t Living Authentically For God. With A Prophetic Voice, Wilson Looks At How We Deceive Ourselves Into Thinking We Are Really Living For God Through Believing The Right Things Or Doing Lots Of Spiritual Activities. In Contrast, Real Christians Are Marked By Five Key Qualities: Broken-hearted Joy, A Humble Disposition, A Readiness To Acknowledge Sin, An Ability To Live Balanced And Avoid Legalism, And A Deep Spiritual Hunger That Drives Growth. All Of These Qualities Culminate In The Single Defining Mark Of A Real Christian?love. </p> <p>to Help In Distinguishing Genuine Faith From Counterfeit Spirituality, Wilson Draws Upon The Gospels, The Writings Of Paul, And The Insights Of Theologian Jonathan Edwards To Help Readers Understand The Necessary Marks Of An Authentic, Transformed Life, Marks That Show Evidence Of A New Heart And Bear Spiritual Fruit Through The Work Of The Holy Spirit.</p>
- Part I: Authenticity Without Arrogance
- Chapter 1: Get Real, Or Die!
- Chapter 2: Christians Without Chests
- Chapter 3: Good Cop, Bad Cop: Get Real Without Getting Nasty
- Part Ii: Real Christianity
- Chapter 4: Brokenhearted Joy: The Mark Of Humility
- Chapter 5: A Lamblike Disposition: The Mark Of Meekness
- Chapter 6: Gospel Emotion: The Mark Of Contrition
- Chapter 7: Single-issue Christians?: The Mark Of Balance
- Chapter 8: Sanctified Discontent: The Mark Of Hunger
- Chapter 9: Perfect Love: The Mark Of Marks
- Chapter 10: Perseverance Is Proof
- Conclusion: This Magic Called Real