“Being Christian is not just believing in some propositional statements about a man whom the church says was God. It is not only accepting the good news that two thousand years ago Jesus absorbed our sin on a cross and endured the punishment for it that we deserve. It is much more than that. Being a Christian involves something happening to us in the now. It is linked to an intensely personal relationship with Christ in our everyday lives. Each of us should be able to testify to being aware of a mystical presence that enlivens us, convinces us we are loved, leads us, directs us, and strengthens us to live out the will of God. Each of us should be experiencing an indwelling presence that enables us to taste a special joy and a love that is difficult to describe to anybody who isn’t familiar with the same kind of experience. Because of what Jesus is doing in us now, each of us should be evidencing a change in personality whereby the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance–are increasingly obvious to others.”
– Tony Campolo, How to be Pentecostal Without Speaking in Tongues.

How have you changed since becoming a Christian? For some of you, that’s a long time to think back on. How does God continue to work in your life today? In what ways are you resisting the Spirit?

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