What Type of Christian Are You?

A Spiritual Maturity Quiz

I’ve had some interesting discussions over the past week in two separate small groups on spiritual maturity and spiritual comfort zones.  While some subscribe to the theory that Christians should live in “safe zones” – at Legacy Dad and in the men’s ministry I lead, we try to meet men wherever they are and get them out of their comfort zone and on to the next level of spiritual maturity.  Take an honest look at the following descriptions and decide where you are walking in your personal life.

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1. The Susceptible Christian.

People who are still new or inexperienced are susceptible to stumbling in the area of doubtful things.  We are warned not to put stumbling blocks in their path. Children, teenagers, and new Christians need careful attention. In my opinion, the church spends a lot of time trying to entertain and protect our susceptible Christians and not enough time educating them and helping them walk in faith.  The Susceptible Christian is really a developmental period on the way to deeper spiritual maturity but quite often, these Christians spend a lot longer time than needed in this developmental period.  However, a person could attend or be involved with a church for years and still show these traits if they were never properly addressed somewhere in their faith journey.

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Sons and Daughters

A legacy that will endure

daughtersPsalm 144:12English Standard Version (ESV)

12 May our sons in their youth
be like plants full-grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace;

As we move through Scripture through the days of our lives we realize that there truly is no clear way to spell out God’s manual for raising our kids.  I mean, to say, that you can’t just go to one book or one chapter of the Bible and get a step by step way to raise your children the way that God wants you to raise them.  However, as you read through the Bible (over and over should be our posture) as this is a life-giving manual, then you can see may different applications that are true precepts and statutes for us to learn and submit and obey (and then we are instructed to teach our children).

This is a very serious call for a parent.  If we miss this, we miss our mission field that God has given us authority over.  There are a lot of studies that give us varying degrees of how to raise a child, but there are so many different parenting styles and God has made each of us uniquely.  Add to that, when you have a husband and a wife in union with God’ covenant marriage, we are called (as dads) to be prophets, priests and kings of our homes.

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How can I live in such a way…

Trials and Tribulations

galaitiansHave you ever wondered why life has trials and tribulations and we wonder why and how they keep coming our way?  Have you ever looked back for an instant in your life and seen where you came from and what God has saved you from?  Have you ever shared your life story (in a series of flashes) to someone who wants to know what’s different in your life and why you are the way you are?  And then see them to come to know the Lord?

ColossiansHave you ever wondered what God requires from you?  Have you been frustrated in your daily walk because there are temptations (sin) that you cannot escape or that you continue to do over and over?  Have you ever asked aloud what does God require of my life?  What does the Lord want from me?  How can I conquer these temptations?  The apostle Paul gives us a snapshot of the new life in Christ in the New Testament.  At one point, he tells us (the reader) that what he knows he should do, he doesn’t.  He also states that what he should not do, he does.  He let’s us in on a life of a believer (a disciple of Christ) and tells us that when we come to know the Lord immediately there is a war within us:  The old self (sin nature) versus our new self (we are a new creation in and through Jesus Christ).  The beautiful thing about this is that God knows that we are human and knows that we sin daily (and some of us hourly or even by the minute), BUT God in his infinite wisdom gives us a Helper (The Holy Spirit).  Our bodies (those that confess, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord) become a temple of the living God (the Holy Spirit resides in us).

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My religious rights and the Constitution…

Why would people risk life and limb to come to a new land?  Why would you, as believers who were being persecuted for your faith, try and find a new place to worship?  Why would you come to a new land if not for opportunity for work, for land and for worship freely (not be persecuted for their Patrick-Henry-Jesus-Christ-Nissi-7-300x289beliefs).

Some quotes by some of our founding fathers are as follows:

  • John Adams and John Hancock:
    We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! [April 18, 1775]John Adams:
    “ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”• “[July 4th]ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress
    “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –October 11, 1798

Patrick Henry:


“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

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What should our true motive be about Church

Sometimes I find myself surprised if not down right cynical when it comes to matters of people attending church and who are stuck where they are at.    That is, to say, that when you and I visit a church or join a church what is our criteria?

For my wife and I (when we first got married) we had some important criteria before joining a church together (as a family) and wanted to worship God:

  • Are they a Bible believing church?
  • Do they believe in the Bible and use the Bible as their sold authority?
  • Is there any compromise to scripture?
  • Do they have a healthy, vibrant and clean children’s ministry (this was important to us because 12 years ago my wife was pregnant and that was really important to her)
  • Are the children in a safe environment?
  • Is there accountability in preaching? in Teaching? and in oversight (are there elders, a consistory or a board)?
  • Is the preaching and worship relevant to our daily lives?

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When I Was An Atheist: Final

In Part 1, I explained my departure from the church, belief in God and my worldview while I was an atheist. In Part 2 ,I explained how my new belief in science, logic and reason began to break down when faced with the real world, emotions and personal experiences. In this last section, I’ll explain how I came back to Christ, really researched Christianity, the Bible and my faith and ultimately came to the conclusion that what I was really frustrated with…was religion, the modern  Church and the hypocritical people who called themselves Christians.

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To the outside world, Christians get lumped all together. You, Me and Jesus get lumped together with the Westboro Baptist Church, Creflo Dollar and Ted Haggard.  When you or I go to invite someone to our church or share the Gospel message with them, we are contrasted with anyone bearing the name Christian who has hurt, gossiped, judged or turned their nose up at that person.  It’s really sad.

How have some churches and Christians departed so far from Jesus’ messages and the disciples teachings to the early Church?

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Here’s What’s Wrong with Manhood

I respect my wife and serve her every chance I get, I love my child like I’ve never loved anyone before, I give my time and money to organizations I believe in, but I’m not much of a man (or so society seems to think). Here’s why:

I’m not a big sports guy. Motor sports, yes. The typical “ball in play” sports, not so much. I can’t tell you how awkward it feels when I’m at work in the morning and people are talking about the game the previous day.

“What do you think about the game, Scott?”

*Awkward silence and crickets*

Me: “I like Formula 1 and Moto GP…”

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The Five Stages: Changing Attitudes

Saturday morning we were blessed to have one of church worship leaders lead our men’s group at 6:30am.  We were blessed also by the fact that he is the leader of our Reflectors Ministry also leading and beginning our mental health ministry.  This man is a very special man, not just because he is a song writer, not just because he has a heart for the broken and the marginalized, not just because he loves the Lord with all of his heart, But because he is a humble man with truly many gifts!

FullSizeRenderHis name is Vinnie, and he  was asked by one of our leaders to come and lead worship and to bring a message of his heart:  REFLECTORS MINISTRY.

5 STAGES.CHANGING ATTITUDESEnter his message on the 5 Stages of Changing our Attitudes:

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