How ‘Christian’ is your typical week?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Alcott, Oct 4, 2007.

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What do you do in a typical week?

  1. Attend church once or more

    37 vote(s)
    97.4%
  2. Give 5% or more of my gross income to my church

    28 vote(s)
    73.7%
  3. Have prayer before my meals at least once daily

    29 vote(s)
    76.3%
  4. Make at least one visit or phone call to a ‘prospect’ or an absent member of my church

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  5. Read a portion of the Bible

    36 vote(s)
    94.7%
  6. Read some of a Christian book or periodical

    31 vote(s)
    81.6%
  7. Make contact with a peer group that studies the Bible and shares prayers and praises

    22 vote(s)
    57.9%
  8. Have at least one confrontational meeting with a nonbeliever concerning the gospel

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  9. Give direct help to someone who needs food, clothing, shelter, or healthcare

    11 vote(s)
    28.9%
  10. I should not answer this poll, as I do these things by profession; or for another reason

    2 vote(s)
    5.3%
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  1. Alcott

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    As other threads have discussed what a Christian must do, or can or can't do, what are typical Baptist positions, how we should dress, when we should pray, et al, this is a poll about some of these positive (by preponderance of choices) things and whether we do them in a typical week. If you think your answer might skew the results on account of being a minister or social worker, or some other reason, the last option states this and is for you. A converse poll about the negative things we do in a typical week will soon follow (unless I croak or can't use my hands).
     
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    I appreciate the thought here Alcott, and I see your point about being positive.

    However, should not our week be 100% Christian? I should be a testimony in everything I do. I don't think a week's "Christianness" can be measured by what I do or don't do. "Whether therefore you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

    It is not less Christian to work a full eight hour day at MacDonalds than it is to have a confrontational witness to at least one person a week if my purpose and attitude in so doing is to glorify God.

    In my mind we have put far too much importance on the division between secular and sacred already.

    Are these things not also Christian?

    I gave my boss the full 40 hours I was paid for
    I spent time with my family
    I had lunch with a co-worker just to be his friend
     
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  3. Janet1983

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    That was easy... I go to the chapel on Sunday and attend PWOC (morning and evening study)... that way I come to most of the things automatically...
    :godisgood:
     
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    As Christians I would like to think that most of the poll options would come to us naturally. Sadly I can't claim 100% perfection. :(

    Blessings

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  5. Alcott

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    I know most people don't like to have a question answered with something like "Yes-- and No", but sometimes it does fit. It's certainly true that if you skip any of these things, even habitually, that it doesn't mean you're not 'Christian' (adj.) as you go about your routine, and that you can continually see your 'routine' as being a means to a greater end. But on the other hand, there is no "testimony" that I see from going to work, doing your shopping, paying your bills, et al et al, even in trying to be honest and diligent as you go about it, since non-Christians can be just as forthright in these ways. I'm not looking the passage up, but I remember one modern translation (perhaps paraphrase) renders a part of one of Paul's epistles as: "Do your work; never let it be said that Christ's people are poor workers." That's positive, of course, but it doesn't have any testimonial meaning unless it's known that the worker is one of 'Christ's people,' and it won't be found out only from being a diligent worker.
     
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    Why?

    ==Why does it have to be "confrontational"? Sure, some are. However many such "meetings" are not "confrontational". Nor should we attempt to make them "confrontational" (1Pet 3:15).
     
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    Well... that one was one of my no's, but I think it means this:
    Confront somebody with Christ.
    You do not have to be agressive or start debating. Maybe just an invitation for Sunday (church) with a meal afterwards and a nice walk in the woods (if you got any).
    That'll work I think.
     
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    Of course there comes a time when the gospel must be shared in a verbal way, but I disagree that there in no testimony in going to work. In fact, since most folks spend 40+ hours a week there it is a key place for testimony. I am a church planting pastor, my office is at home, but I work in a school on one day a week. My Christian testimony when I eat meals with the rest of the staff and in the way I deal with people has been the only way to open doors.

    I heartily believe that everything I do must be "Christian" or the things you talk about are meaningless.

    Thanks again for the spirit in which you posted the question and response.
     
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    Christ redeemed 100% of my life. My life is 100% Christian.
     
  10. Alcott

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    Quack, I'm not convinced that that's even possible in its most literal sense, because 100% obviously means absolutely everything and every second. So claiming your life is "100% Christian" is saying that you are absolutely perfect-- or if you're not, that being "100% Christian" allows for imperfection, which contradicts its meaning. And furthermore-- or maybe just said in a different way-- it's saying you either absolutely never sin or else the Holy Spirit inhabits even your sins, which would defy much NT scripture, as in Romans and Jude, where the contention is answered that we can sin and not concern ourselves with it and still be saved, because we are 100% Christian now matter how much we sin; which virtually eliminates any meaning to choosing our master.
     
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    Who said PERFECT other than you? It wasn't even implied. All these conclusions you are making haven't even been implied by me.

    As for me being 100% Christian...I am either a believer or I am not. In the case of salvation there are only two options.
     
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    Col 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: Col 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 1pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto PRAYER.
     
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    100% does not imply perfect? How many agree with that?
     
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    I don't.
    I'm 100% Christ's but I'm not perfect.

    I am justified, am being sanctified, and will be glorified because I am of Christ.
    I am 100% His, IN SPITE OF my imperfections.
     
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    So Christ doesn't demand perfection, even though he said "You are to be perfect, as your father in heaven...."? But if he will settle for less than that, then those guys that Jude cracked are right-- that it doesn't matter what we do as long we believe.

    Anyway, I was right in the OP when I said many would prefer to make an argument out of the words instead of just check off or describe what they do uniquely as to furthering the gospel of Christ in a typical week.

    Correction: It was another thread in which I said that in the OP, but the principle does apply.
     
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    It's called hyperbole. I agree with Allan. I'm in Christ who is 100% perfect without being perfect myself.
     
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    God redeems sinners. I sin and I am 100% Christian. That is the nature of redemption.
     
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    Right. Paul didn't say he WAS he said AM

    1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
     
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    Then when Romans says you can choose your master, Christ, or sin, you can choose both? Or is it 2/3 Christ, 1/3 sin? or 95% Christ, 5% sin...or what?
     
  20. Alex Quackenbush

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    Please quote the specific verse and I am happy to respond.
     

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