{Ephesians 1:15-23; ESV}
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

When all we have to go on is our belief that it’s true, devoid of any real experience, our faith has little power to make us significantly different from non-Christians.

Through the media and other means, the values of our culture are communicated to us in experiential, vivid ways. They impact us. The experiences we’ve had and the messages we’ve received while growing up are vividly remembered and experienced as real. They impact us. And our inclinations to live in sinful, self-centered ways are continually experienced as real. They impact us. But our faith? Well, our faith is often experienced as unreal, something we simply believe and hope to experience as real when we die, but it doesn’t impact us in an experiential, real way right now.

So is it surprising to learn that the faith of most American Christians makes very little practical difference in their lives?1 In terms of what we believe, we differ significantly from non-Christians. But in terms of how we live—what we do with our time, how we spend our money, even our basic moral practices—we differ very little. Where is the radical, transforming power Christians are supposed to be experiencing?

Greg Boyd. Seeing Is Believing: Experience Jesus through Imaginative Prayer (pp. 12-13). Baker Book Group – A. Kindle Edition.

Questions to consider:

  • What is the difference between believing the Gospel is true and experiencing it as true?
  • Why does the Gospel make such little different in the lives of people?
  • How can we experience the Gospel in our lives?
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