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What the Body of Christ Needs Today

When such an understanding is developing in the heart of the believer, a deeper knowledge of who God is and what He has finished in the work of salvation, many of the things which used to hinder will no longer be of any consequence. No longer will the latest fads and distracting teachings carry such weight when the believer knows who he is in Messiah. That theology which only generated disputes or which had no basis in experience in the life of the believer will fade and blow away like the dust it is. The local church will not have to develop a flashier program for evangelism when it knows Jesus so well that it stands out from everything else in its culture. Nor will Christians be erroneously living their lives based on the latest “prophecy” spoken over them when they have learned that the more sure word of prophecy, the Scripture, has already given them all that they need for life in godliness, being thoroughly equipped for every good work. Rather, with an deeper understanding of who God is, the gifts of the Spirit will truly come alive and be used for the purpose God intended them for.

We will never be able to avoid distractions completely on this side of glory. We can minimize their effects, however. The key is placing our attention squarely upon that which is most important. What the church needs today is a living, Biblical theology: a focus on the Person of our Lord and Messiah.


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Category: Living the Faith, Winter 1999

About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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