Weekend – Be Real

By Todd Wilson, desiringGod

   Nobody likes a fake. Even in our airbrush culture, we despise counterfeits and crave authenticity. Everyone wants to be real. There is a visible difference between real and not-real Christians. It’s not enough to say you’re real; you should be able to see you’re real.

   Being real is more than regularly attending church, feeling good about God, or “accepting” Jesus as your Savior; it goes beyond being baptized, receiving Communion, reciting the creed, or joining in church membership. As important as these things are, being real runs deeper than these things.

   Real Christians are new creatures. Physically, they won’t look different than others, at least not in the way they dress or keep their hair. Yet real Christians are radically changed — they’ve experienced a new birth, received a new heart, and enjoy new desires. Which makes them altogether new people who live new lives.

   And it shows. If you’re real, it will reveal itself in your life. Real Christians bear the marks of authentic faith in ways that can be seen, heard, and felt. When you know what you’re looking for, you can see the marks of real in their lives — and in your own.

   Read the article at https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-it-mean-to-be-real.

   In preparation for Sunday’s message, read Mark 11.

Prepare for Worship
   As you prepare your heart for worship Sunday morning read Psalm 8.

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