Follow Me as I follow Christ…
Because of the examples that have gone before us, we are without excuse when it comes to following Christ. One of the key examples that we have is the Apostle Paul, who recorded much of the New Testament and by doing so, answered our questions before we even asked them.
His writings were to both groups and individuals therefore, we see both aspects of the spiritual journey with Christ. We are one and yet, we are One.
What this book basically entails is the doctrines of the Christian faith exemplified in the personal life of Paul. Hardin pulls back the curtain on things such as suffering, perseverance, discipleship, prayer, holiness, etc. What is seen within each aspect is how these are natural bi-products of being connected to the Vine (Christ) and walking in the Spirit.
Unfortunately, these aspects are often labeled as practices to achieve a standing before God, rather than these being practiced because of one’s standing before God. To address this issue, the author begins the book with Paul’s plea for imitation in Christ. What a great starting point to bring a fresh perspective to the identity that a believer has.
What may sound like a how-to manual is so much more than that. This book refers to the not-so-secret ingredients of the Christian’s journey and it is rooted in being strengthened by grace. After all, that is what we need & that is what we have in Christ. Let us remember this each step of the way, as the Apostle Paul did.
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