If you are a believer, do you wonder what you should be doing to follow the path of Christ?
Do you worry you will fall away from Jesus and be lost?
In his new book, Life in Christ: Becoming and Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ, pastor and writer Jeremy Walker explores these and many other questions related to living out a life in Christ. This book is a Scripture saturated exploration of living as a follower of Christ. Walker covers living in Christ in eight chapters. The best way to give you an overview of the content is to share the chapter names and a brief description of the content.
1. Looking to Christ~ Becoming a Christian
2. United to Christ~ States of faith-being without, with, and in Christ
3. The Unsearchable Riches of Christ~ Rewards of following Christ
4. Sons of God~ God’s blessings to followers of His son
5. The Jewel of Assurance~ Being assured of our future as an heir in Christ
6. The Marks of God’s Children~ Signs of growth in a believer
7. A Work in Progress~ Faith in Christ is a process not an event
8. A Life in Review~ Finishing strong as a Christian
Walker’s Life in Christ is written with questions for further reflection at the end of each chapter and references for further reading.
The Bottom Line
Walker is a fluent writer who clearly knows Scripture and successfully explores the life of becoming and being a follower of Christ. He writes this book in a manner that will help readers explore the Christian life through interacting with questions on their own or in a group. I suspect this book would be an easier read for a Christian who understands their faith, but I believe it may also be useful for a younger Christian who has a desire to understand a deeper dive into the life of a Christian.
Personally, I was challenged and enriched by reading the chapters on assurance (Chapter 5) and signs of growth in a believer (Chapter 6). Walker defines assurance as rooted in faith, but not the same as faith (Loc 1102). When you have knowledge of faith in Christ, assurance flows out of the experience of grace in salvation. An assured believer knows nothing can separate her from the love of Christ. Nothing.
In his chapter on signs of spiritual growth in Christ, Walker explores the importance of being rooted in the love of Christ in all we do. For example, being moral in behavior, relying on head knowledge or attending church alone is not enough for salvation. Instead, Walker shares:
“Faith is not the belief that we are saved but the belief that we are lost, which sends us to Christ to save us.” (Loc 1399)
“Sometimes, yes, the Christian wanders; sometimes he is on the defensive; sometimes, grievously, he backslides. But the tone and tenor of his life is advance, the pattern is of sin repented over and slaughtered (1 John 1:9-2:2), of godliness cultivated. ” (Loc 1607)
I love it! A Christian doesn’t have to have it all together, but rather needs to know that she is lost and in need of Christ. And does she mess up? Yes, but she progresses through repenting and “cultivating godliness”. I don’t know about you, but I believe this is right where we should be as Christ followers.
This is an easy book to endorse and recommend. The concepts are not elementary, but they are rich in wisdom and point the reader to the One true source of hope and grace. I give this book five of five stars.
“To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be in a position of privilege and blessing beyond anything the world might offer,” begins author Jeremy Walker. Life in Christ explores the unsearchable riches of the Christian pilgrimage and traces its trajectory, highlighting key elements in the believer’s experience. Do you wrestle with assurance? Have you grasped the engagement demanded in Christian living? Do you find the way wearying at times? Do you struggle with your Christian identity? Walker provides instruction for Christians to assess their own standing and progress in the faith—exhorting and equipping and always pointing them ahead to the hope of the glory of Christ. Along the way, he encourages God’s people to live a life to the praise of His glory as he examines some of the basic truths that establish and direct a true child of God.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (November 30, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Retail Price: $15.00
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Jeremy is co-author of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ and author of The Brokenhearted Evangelist, Life in Christ: Becoming and Being a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and The New Calvinism Considered.