The deeper Christian life. What is it exactly?
The term comes from Andrew Murray’s classic book, The Deeper Christian Life, published in 1895.
This phrase is a reaction to the shallow and superficial state of contemporary Christianity.
The deeper Christian life is what Watchman Nee once called “the normal Christian life.”
A close reading of the New Testament epistles reveals that Jesus Christ is alive and in the Spirit. And He has come to indwell all who follow Him today.
Consequently, some of the themes of the deeper Christian life are:
God’s Eternal Purpose
Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ
Knowing Christ in the Spirit
Walking in the Spirit instead of the flesh
Hearing and following the voice of Jesus
Ministering the life of Christ by the power of the Spirit
The Mystery of God
These themes are hardly ever addressed in contemporary Christianity. And when they are mentioned, the perspective is typically abstract, academic, cerebral — lacking life and power — instead of a practical, experiential perspective.
The most prolific deeper Christian life writers of the 20th century were:
Their writings are still read by millions of Christians who are looking for something deeper.
Other deeper life writers of the last century were Major W. Ian Thomas, Ruth Paxson, Jesse Penn Lewis, F.B. Meyer, Mary McDonough, etc.
In the 21st century, however, Christians has become even more shallow and superficial.
And there’s a dearth of deeper Christian life writers on the planet.
For this reason, my team and I created The Deeper Christian Life Network to equip God’s people on the themes of the higher life today.
The content presented through the network builds on the four key deeper life writers of the past and builds upon them, taking those themes into the challenges of the 21st century.
What follows are some conference messages introducing people to the deeper Christian life.
If these talks speak to you, check out The Deeper Christian Life Network.
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