Test: Are You A Relevant Christian?
1. What are, specifically, the seven levels of Spiritual growth, and give the characteristics of each?
Why? How can one disciple someone to grow spiritually if one doesn’t know the stages of spiritual growth? There is a purpose to the process of discipleship.
2. What are the mysteries to which I Corinthians 4:1 is referring?
Why? These “mysteries” give you to tools you need to witness to any religion on the face of the earth.
3. What are four goal of discipleship? How to you know – once you’ve taken someone through the lessons – that you’ve developed a disciple?
Why? Only a good tree brings forth fruit that remains (souls) consistently.
4. Do you know HOW the Bible was preserved through history? Can you walk someone through the process of preservation both Biblically and historically?
Why? The Bible is the only source of absolute truth in the Bible; it is being attacked. Either every word is pure…or it is not. We must show people How God preserved His love letter to us. It really is powerful!
5. Do you know the specifics of the judgment seat of Christ? Do you know to what gold, silver and precious stones are referring…specifically? Do you know why the five crowns are so vital to our purpose on this earth right now? Do you know what the end result of those crowns will be?
Why? The judgment seat of Christ is a synopsis of our purpose while on this earth.
6. Can you explain to others, from the Bible, why God allows bad things to happen to good people? Can you explain why God allows the mystery of iniquity to run its course?
Why? The answer reveals God’s plan for this earth, our lives and the universe.
There are many more questions I could ask, but these seem to be most relevant. They all have to do with fulfilling our purpose; they provide us with tangible tools that can impact lives.
Every Christian should be able to answer these questions with surety. V2T Ministry will help provide the tools for this to become a reality.
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Have you ever walked into a religious assembly only to perceive spiritual vitality being sucked out of your inner being? According to research conducted by George Barna, this is not a rare phenomenon. It’s what I call – Cotton Candy Christianity.
Over one million people are parting ways from the traditional establishment of the church every year. What is the foundation of this mass exodus? Can it be stopped? If so, are there tangible steps to bring real purpose into our gatherings? Accumulated over the 25 years (and counting) of his experience in Christian ministry, Mark gives touchable answers to these piercing questions.
Having personally led hundreds of people to a saving knowledge of Christ and his unremitting involvement in one-on-one discipleship – Mark has put together, using the Matrix Trilogy as his vehicle of communication, an approach to spiritual growth that will equip individuals with touchable tools they need to become relevant ambassadors of Christ to their worlds of influence. Each chapter begs the question: RU Relevant? This is a must read for anyone longing to – Get Real!
RU a Son of God?
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Let me ask you a question, if I may? Do you know who you are? I mean, do you really know what it means to be a son of God? Do you realize the power that is available to us being that we are children of the King? Do you comprehend the authority that lies in the statement of I John 4:4, as the Word of God expresses to us the incredible truth that greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world? For some reason, I don’t think that the core of true Christianity understands who they are IN, OF, BY and THROUGH Christ.
You Are a Son of God (Temet Nosce)
I could exegete this principle and go as deep as you would care to go, but that’s not the purpose of this book. I don’t seek to impress you with any knowledge that I might possess, but I do desire that you gain an understanding of God’s purpose for your life. That purpose has everything to do with what it means to “know thyself.” I will give you the principle to start off and then I will leave it up to you to flesh out the rest for yourself. If you’re “supping” (fellowshipping) with Christ, then I know you will do just that.
Son of God #1: (Job 2:1 / Job 38:7)
The first sons of God in the Bible, or history, were the angels. Angels were specially created beings that were given the privilege and responsibility to glorify God in the universe. But guess what? They failed in that purpose (Revelation 12:4) when they followed Lucifer in his rebellion against the mountain of God. At that point, they sealed their eternal destinies.
Son of God #2: (Luke 2:38)
The next son of God to show up in history, and in the Bible, is Adam. The Bible tells us in Luke 3:38 that Adam was a son of God. Adam was a special creation by God and was given the privilege and responsibility to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. Well, before he could get rolling with God’s plan for his life, Adam allowed his wife to be seduced by the serpent and…you know the rest of the story…he failed in his commission.
Son of God #3: (John 3:16)
There were no more spiritual sons of God on the earth for the subsequent four thousand years…until…the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the third, Biblical and historical, Son of God. But observe the difference. This Son of God came to earth as a special creation (virgin birth), but his purpose was to give his authority to all those who willingly ingested the truth of his sacrificial atonement on the cross.
Tag! You’re it!
God gave man the opportunity to show that he could attain righteousness on his own, but each time he failed miserably in his dispensational choice (stewardship). The Lord makes an amazing statement in John 17:4 when he says, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” The crucial aspect of this statement rests in the fact that Jesus hadn’t died on the cross yet. If dying wasn’t “the work” he came to accomplish, what was? The answer is astonishingly simple; He came to give us spiritual power to overcome the false reality and bring others into that same realization.
We can’t do it alone; God knew that. That’s a major reason why He sent his only begotten Son; He was sent to equip a group of men (disciples), who would equip a group of people (disciples), who would equip a group of people (disciples) – etc. Think about it! If Jesus came, lived, died and rose from the dead without equipping people to carry on the purpose of why He came, what good would it have been to come to earth in the first place? Jesus told us that “as my father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Guess what? Because you are a son of God, the Lord says to you…TAG, YOU’RE IT!