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After serving as a pastor for over a decade, Francis Schaeffer - founder of L'Abri Fellowship - found himself wrestling with deeply perplexing questions like these. He was tired of not seeing results in his own spiritual life and others'. He found himself talking about Christianity, but not living it. So, as a pastor, he decide to "start at the beginning" - go back to agnosticism - and reexamine his Christian faith. When the book was published thirty years ago, it shook the Christian world. Young people flocked to L'Abri, his spiritual retreat center in the Swiss Alps.

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Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview , book eleven of twenty-two. All books have been organized thematically rather than chronologically into five volumes, and True Spirituality fits snugly inside Volume Three: A Christian View of Spirituality. I began my reading venture through these complete works roughly sixteen months ago, and overall I have been very pleased with the study. Overall, however, his clear and common-sense responses to the tainted world-philosophies of the late twentieth century have helped strengthen my own faith in the power of God, His Word, and His Gospel that saved me.

Schaeffer writes of Christianity as a philosophy above all others this way:. I think [Christianity] is the best philosophy that ever has existed. More than this, it is the only philosophy that is consistent to itself and answers the questions. It is a good philosophy precisely because it deals with the problems and gives us answers to them. Nevertheless, it is not only a good philosophy. The Bible does not just speak in abstractions; it does not tell about a religious idea far away.

It tells about man as Man. It tells about each individual, as each man is that individual. And it tells us how to live in the real universe as it is now. Remove this factor, and it becomes only a dialectic. In one way physical birth is the most important part of our physical lives, because we are not alive in the external world until we have been born. In another way, however, it is the least important of all the aspects of our life, because it is only the beginning and then it is past.

After we are born, the important thing is the living of our lives in all their relationships, possibilities, and capabilities. It is exactly the same with the new birth. In one way, the new birth is the most important thing in our spiritual lives, because we are not Christians until we have come thing way.

In another way, however, after one has become a Christian, it must be minimized, in that we should not always have our minds only on our new birth. The important thing after being born spiritually is to live.

Chapter 1. This concept noted above reminds me much of what Jerry Bridges describes in The Gospel for Real Life , that we tend to view the Gospel as the door that brought us into Christianity, when really the Gospel is the door, the room, the everything! To this end, Schaeffer writes:. The reality of living by faith as though we were already dead, of living by faith in open communion with God, and then stepping back into the external world as though we are already raised from the dead, this is not once for all, it is a matter of moment-by-moment faith, and living moment by moment.

The faith of this noon will never do for supper time. The faith of supper time will never do for the time of going to bed. The faith of midnight will never do for the next morning. Thank God for the reality for which we were created, a moment-by-moment communication with God himself. We should indeed be thankful because the moment-by-moment quality brings the whole thing to the size which we are, as God has made us. As these truths sink in for me, I am drawn into a better understanding of what true spirituality looks like, that it involves a change of perspective from my natural, fallen way of thinking to my redeemed and revived way of thinking.

Nevertheless, God knew the natural curvature of human hearts toward the flesh and the mentality of the Old Man, which is why His Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to write this:. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans Certainly many of these ideas will work their way into my own teaching in the months to come! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.

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Skip to content. Schaeffer writes of Christianity as a philosophy above all others this way: I think [Christianity] is the best philosophy that ever has existed. Chapter 1 This concept noted above reminds me much of what Jerry Bridges describes in The Gospel for Real Life , that we tend to view the Gospel as the door that brought us into Christianity, when really the Gospel is the door, the room, the everything!

To this end, Schaeffer writes: The reality of living by faith as though we were already dead, of living by faith in open communion with God, and then stepping back into the external world as though we are already raised from the dead, this is not once for all, it is a matter of moment-by-moment faith, and living moment by moment.

Nevertheless, God knew the natural curvature of human hearts toward the flesh and the mentality of the Old Man, which is why His Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to write this: So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public.

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How do you deal with the ongoing sin in your own heart and life? During the time that you have followed Jesus Christ, has anyone ever taken the time to help you understand the biblical truths about the power of sin and how it can be defeated in the life of a believer? Unfortunately, over the years, there have been many who have proposed unbiblical solutions, leaving their followers with many unanswered questions, even hopeless despair at the prospects of being unable to live a life that is pleasing to God. If this is true of you, you need not live this way any longer. But you must be committed to understanding the biblical principles that will set you free from your despair and learn what the Bible teaches about resisting sin and living a holy life.

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Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview , book eleven of twenty-two. All books have been organized thematically rather than chronologically into five volumes, and True Spirituality fits snugly inside Volume Three: A Christian View of Spirituality. I began my reading venture through these complete works roughly sixteen months ago, and overall I have been very pleased with the study. Overall, however, his clear and common-sense responses to the tainted world-philosophies of the late twentieth century have helped strengthen my own faith in the power of God, His Word, and His Gospel that saved me. Schaeffer writes of Christianity as a philosophy above all others this way:.

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True Spirituality is a work on personal spirituality written by American theologian and Christian apologist Francis A. Schaeffer , Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, first published in Schaeffer A Christian Worldview. Westchester, IL:Crossway Books, This is the spiritual foundation for Schaeffer's work, as a complement to the theological and philosophical approach of most of his other books. It is useful for gaining a balanced view of the whole of Schaeffer's life and ministry. The roots of this book and Mark of the Christian are in a serious spiritual crisis that Schaeffer went through in the early s that involved Rev.

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