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What Type of Christian am I?

 Over the last year or so, I have been discovering a whole host of other pastors, teachers, of the Word.  They are not those well known, much quoted, very "with it" preachers.  Truth be told, over the last few years I have become very aggravated at being "entertained" in church, or a hyped up service or podcast delivery.  It just feels so.... shallow?

Now, I am not going to criticize anyone here.  There are many TV preachers who helped me hold my life together back in the day.  But I am so hungry for deeper stuff.  For understanding the Word, not just reading it, and maybe have another person's opinion of what that Word means, thrust upon me.  I want to KNOW what it means, I want the KNOW the Word way better than I do, so that I will not be led astray.  So that I will not be fooled.  So that I will not be hoodwinked.  

There are so many out there who are just a little off-centre.  And if you are honest with yourself, you will acknowledge that off-centre, however slight, of the Word, is just not good enough.  Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said, and the Word is truth and we need not change it or modernize it or bring it into relevance by changing with the times, or adapting its words to this generation, or any other.


God's Word is!  God's Word stands alone!  I want to be preached to by people who lean entirely on God's Word.  I want to hear from people who do not compromise the Word of God or who adapt it to fit their agenda.  

I want context.  I want understanding.  I want to get it.  I want the Word to become part of who I am, so that my life is dictated to by it, and not the world around me.

So, having said all that, these are the people I have been listening to of late:

John Macarthur, you will find him HERE
Justin Peters, you will find him HERE
John Piper, you will find him HERE

On facebook these are my favourite pages to follow currently:
  • The Reformed Society
  • Depraved Wretch
  • Bible Love Notes
  • Core Christianity
  • The Millennial Christian
  • Becoming like the Bereans
  • AW Tozer
  • Charles Spurgeon
It has come to my attention that I am leaning towards the reformists.  And as I understand more I shall figure out "what type of Christian I am".  😉  

The definition of a Christian is a follower of Christ.  To be a follower of Christ, one must believe He became man, died on the cross for our sins, rose to life on the third day, is the Lord and Saviour to all who repent and believe, and now sits in heavenly places and will return soon to fetch His bride, the church (ie, the believers). 

That being said, other important things for me as a Christian are:
  • To read God's Word, study it, learn and grow in it 
  • To put God first in all things
  • To be thankful and grateful
  • To extend grace and mercy
Heb 4 vs 12: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John 17 vs 17:  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

God bless
Tracy

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  1. Thank you Tracy. I love this post.
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    1. Hi Aritha, wow; such a long time since we connected. Thank you for commenting :)

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  2. Hi Tracy, glad you are picking up on blogging again. I grew up in a Dutch Reformed church, so I know that theology quite well. I am at a totally different place right now :) Being a Christian has nothing to do with our denominational preferences, it has everything to do with following Christ and obeying His Word. That's where I am right now, and I can tell you the last year has not been easy, since I have seen a lot of fear of men and little fear of God.

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    1. HI Marja, thank you for commenting :). I grew up in a methodist church and most of my adult life I have been in a charismatic church. I think the attraction towards the reformers is their desire to be biblical and not showy etc. A friend told me once, eat the meat and spit out the bones. This is to a degree what I feel. AND, why I have decided to call myself a Christ follower and not a member of any one denomination as you have put it so well above, follow Christ and obey HIS Word alone!
      God bless

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