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What does it mean to be a truly spiritual Christian?
At a time when there is no shortage of answers competing for our attention, how do we know what really is from God?
This book looks for answers in the Bible, focusing on Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. The Corinthians really thought they had arrived. By contrast, Paul was unspiritual, ignorant, weak and foolish.
Paul writes a strongly corrective letter, not simply to defend his reputation but to restore them to true Christian faith. He picks up the words that they themselves use and says, ‘This knowledge, power and wisdom you claim to have are not the real thing. What you call spirituality is worldly. You are being directed by the mindset of the non–Christian world rather than by the Holy Spirit.’
That challenge still applies. Paul’s appeal is God’s appeal to us. We too need to repent of inadequate understandings of what it means to live by the Spirit and instead embrace true spirituality.
I wonder what we consider evidence of ‘true spirituality’? The Corinthian church thought they had it figured out. They thought their riches, their celebrity speakers, their abundant knowledge and their spiritual gifts displayed their ‘true spirituality’. Roberts helpfully contextualises the first letter to the Corinth church, as a reprimand from Paul on what ‘true spirituality’ is. Paul would pick apart their practices outwith and inside the church and implore them to examine themselves and their motives in service. This very readable and accessible guide through 1 Corinthians should help us understand what it means to be ‘set apart for a God–filled life’.
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