Some chide us for “checking our brains in at the door” when we come to a place of trusting in Christ for forgiveness and new life. But that is not how Christianity is presented to us in Scripture. The New Testament evangelists never asked anyone to stop thinking, stop inquiring or stop analyzing the claims of Christ and the Apostles. No one was asked to just “pray about it” and “accept this message regardless of the facts.” Paul didn’t wink and ask the Roman King Agrippa and the Judean Procurator Festus to accept the amazing claims of Christ’s message and resurrection “by faith” – that is, without investigation. Instead, he challenged them with a cogent and logical presentation of the claims and closed with these words: “What I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner” (Ac.26:25-26). Because the claims of Christ are true, they hold up to scrutiny and careful examination. So don’t check your brains in at the door when it comes to biblical Christianity, you’ll need them to keep researching the themes of redemption, forgiveness and new life in Christ which are rooted in the historic facts of the biblical record.
You and I have a very important assignment. As followers of Jesus we have been commissioned by our Lord and Savior to a task of eternal proportions. He has called us to make disciples. This familiar passage from Matthew 28 involves three key components: “reaching” people for Christ, “teaching” people to be like Christ, and “training” people to serve Christ.
As a practical way to help you get started with this important assignment, we have picked out an excellent book. Wherever you are in the process of becoming a disciple, making disciples, or training to go, this book will encourage you and equip you for the task. It’s called Now That I Am Christian: What it Means to Follow Jesus, by C. Michael Patton.
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