Beyond Conversion Marks

by Tim Isbell, 11/2017

After conversion to Christian faith, nobody follows Jesus perfectly. We're simply not designed for it. In this life, the best we can expect is for our heart to beat increasingly like Jesus' heart: with a deep love for God and other people. Willpower and other human strategies cannot produce this result. Only God can, and he does it as we repetitively pass through the redemptive loop. Along the way, God marks us in ways that raise curiosity among the people living around us. God's Spirit prompts them to ask the reason for what they see in us, providing us an opportunity to share a piece of the gospel.

The document embedded below catalogs the marks I’ve seen God put on mature Christians. I offer the list in hopes of helping three kinds of people: 

  1. People who lean away from Christian faith because they see people who self-identify as Christians but exhibit marks that don't look Christian at all! If this hypocrisy keeps you from following Jesus, look through this list of marks, many of which God longs to put on your life. When you are ready for this kind of life, it’s time to follow Jesus. 
  2. People who already follow Jesus and want to know what is possible, not only for their own life but as a help when they are in spiritual conversations with people. I find these marks extremely useful in personal conversations with churched and unchurched people.
  3. Pastors and Christian teachers who want a fresh tool. You can develop a lot of sermons from the intersection of the Beyond Conversion teachings plus this list of marks. Here's an example of a sermon I preached in August 2017.

Finally, You can read the document below, without leaving this webpage. Just click on any title in the Table of Contents to jump to that item. Or, you can access the document directly by clicking on Marks of Life Beyond Conversion, or by typing bit.ly/bc-marks into any browser. Then you can print it, download it in various formats, or copy it to your Google Drive (or cloud drive) where you can edit it as much as you want. Then, it's your doc.


Blessings,

Tim


Marks of Life Beyond Conversion


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