Many Christians acknowledge that they love Jesus but are disillusioned about their spiritual condition. They come to Christ to drink from the well of his new life, yet find that their thirst remains. Why has the Christian life not met their expectations for spiritual growth and how can they satisfy this craving for their Christian walk to have a deeper impact? Do you desperately yearn for a deeper relationship with God? Clive Calverpastor, preacher and longtime church statesmancan relate. As a young preacher and fairly new Christian, he felt deeply frustrated in his efforts to experience spiritual transformation. Then it dawned on him that Jesus' death on the cross achieved two things: how to die and how to live. Crucified love was God's gift to us; resurrected life with Christ was his purpose for us. For far too long we have been presented with a version of the Christian faith that majors on what we get rather than on what we give. The cross has been portrayed as the place where Jesus died for us and where we receive from him but rarely as the location of our joint crucifixion with him. The uncomfortable truth is that Jesus calls us to share his cross. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24). Fortunately, we don't have to be some kind of a Super Christian to allow God's power to work through us. Calver shows how a number of ordinary believers have discovered the paradoxical fulfillment of the crucified life as they die to self and serve God and other people. By dying to live, you too can know the joy of resurrection.
Dr. Clive Calver is the senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel, CT. Previously, he was president of World Relief for seven years, where he traveled the globe, ministering to the poor and empowering the church to work together to change the world for Jesus Christ. Calver also led and was a major spokesperson for the Evangelical Alliance of the United Kingdom. It was during that time that Calver and his commentaries on current issues were a mainstay on the BBC. He has also appeared on ABC's , CNN, National Public Radio. He has authored twenty books and has been published in many national and local print media.
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