The Christian Experience
The vision for the Christian living is a synthesis of many parts, all of which must work together to produce the whole called Christian living. Christian living will produce a Christian experience, based on the vision for Christianity. The vision for Christianity is that of the Spirit. And this will answer the question, What is the genesis of Christianity? Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, His life, teaching and ministry, but whose actualization is by the Holy Spirit. Christianity will not exist without the Holy Spirit. The conflict many have who identify as Christians is how to live the vision.
How Did You First Encounter God?
Whether your first awareness of God was in the quiet of your personal space, or in a public setting, like in a church, the important thing is that you are made aware of God as the Owner and Creator of your life and all others. When this truth takes hold, you find that you want to know more about Him. In this quest if properly founded, you take the first steps in living the vision–the reality of what it takes to live a Christian life.
“Noah was a righteous man … and walked faithfully with God”–Genesis 6:9. That means his ways were already pleasing to God. And so he was sent on a mission to do a work that would extend salvation to others. Noah began to live the vision by the time he was constructing the ark, at least as far as people could see. Whether in the Old Testament or the new, there is no living the vision without faith and obedience, in what is referred to in the letter of James as a ‘doer’ of God’s Word rather than just a listener–James 1:22. And in Luke 6:46, Jesus says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” To live the Christian vision, one must closely walk with God–by positioning oneself to constantly hear the word of God, read from it and study it, listen to it, pray it, and above all to do what it says. The Helper and Guide in any of these and more, is the Holy Spirit.