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Experiencing Who We Are in Christ

Experiencing Who We Are in Christ

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 69-70). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 byCedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown shares a powerful example of the importance of being “one” with Christ. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Who We Are in Christ The knowledge of who we are in Christ can heal us from shame-based lies. It is important to understand that by virtue of our oneness with Christ in the covenant relationship, we are “perfect in Christ.” Do we really understand the promises and privileges Christ makes available to us when we enter into a covenant relationship with Him? Have we perhaps entered the covenant through baptism and somehow missed out on the experience of an actual relationship? When we partake... Read the rest of this entry »

What did Christ Feel in the Garden of Gethsemane?

What did Christ Feel in the Garden of Gethsemane?

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 61-62). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 byCedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown shares the truth that the atonement of Jesus Christ is the very root of Christian doctrine–and he explains how we can let that truth enter our hearts in a powerful way. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland [a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ] said: The wounds in [Christ’s] hands, feet, and side are signs that in mortality painful things happen even to the pure and the perfect, signs that tribulation is not evidence that God does not love us. It is a significant and hopeful fact that it is the wounded Christ who comes to our rescue. He who... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Experiencing His Wounds

Jesus Christ: Experiencing His Wounds

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 59-61). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 byCedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown shares the truth that the atonement of Jesus Christ is the very root of Christian doctrine–and he explains how we can let that truth enter our hearts in a powerful way. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing His Wounds President Henry B. Eyring once said he heard President Hinckley say, “We must do better at getting the gospel down into our hearts.” President Eyring then said: “I believe the one way—the best way, and possibly the only way—to meet President Hinckley’s challenge . . . is to focus all we do on the Atonement of Christ” (“The Root of Christian Doctrine,” BYU Magazine... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Our All

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Our All

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 52-54). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 byCedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown shares why it is necessary to give our whole selves to Jesus Christ by completely forsaking the natural man. I hope his words speak to you the same way that they spoke to me–with great power. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Our All Omni [a prophet in the Book of Mormon] testified we should come unto Christ and partake of His salvation, but in so doing we must offer up our whole souls as an offering to Him. The Lord, in turn, promises that by doing so, we will be saved. Omni said, “I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Experiencing His Will

Jesus Christ: Experiencing His Will

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 52-54). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown shares how we should turn our lives over to the Lord, and he illustrates this teaching by an example of Parley P. Pratt (one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing His Will In the process of coming to Christ, each of us will be purged. As Spencer J. Condie said, “We will go through a process of ‘hollowing,’ in order that the Lord may begin the ‘hallowing’ process” (Spencer J. Condie, The Song of Redeeming Love [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2002], 45). In the process of developing our relationship with the Lord, we will be emptied... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Surrender

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Surrender

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 50-52). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. In this excerpt Brown discusses the need to turn our will over to the Lord’s, in order that He might build us to be all that we are meant to be. I was in awe as I “randomly” read this part of his book today, because just this morning in my personal study of the scriptures I learned about the very topic he brings up–the ancient practice of circumcision! Brown shares the symbolic nature of that covenant token and how it can be applied to our lives in order to help us draw closer to the Lord. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Surrender For ancient Israel, circumcision was the token of the Abrahamic covenant.... Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do We Need a Savior?

Why Do We Need a Savior?

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 49-50). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. Brown shares our desperate need for a Savior and Redeemer to help us overcome the natural man. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Our Weapons of War King Benjamin [a prophet in the Book of Mormon] taught us, “The natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19). Until I was ready to take my Savior’s yoke upon me and enter into His mighty change of heart process, I was, in essence, fighting against the power of the Spirit. I was rejecting His invitation to surrender the fight and come to our Father’s table to partake of the feast. As I resisted the power of His spirit, I maintained my status as a natural man. I retained... Read the rest of this entry »

Experiencing Life in Christ

Experiencing Life in Christ

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 46-47). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. Brown shares why being morally clean is not enough, why we need to be “alive in Christ.” Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Life in Christ While striving for high standards of honesty, integrity, and moral cleanliness is vitally important, it is not, in and of itself, sufficient to lead our souls to Christ. Our higher standards of morality must be the result of the Savior’s grace working in us while making us “new creatures, alive in Christ.” Even if our intentions are pure, if we aren’t experiencing life in Christ, it is because we are rooted in carnal-mindedness and self-sufficiency. When we teach ethics... Read the rest of this entry »

We Are Indebted to Christ

We Are Indebted to Christ

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 41-43). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. Brown shares that it is only in and through Jesus Christ that we may be saved. His role in our lives is infinite. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. Experiencing Our Debt The realization of our powerlessness without the Lord’s divine help allows us to rely on His grace as our true source of strength. The words of the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” emphasize how easy it is for human souls to stray and how indebted we are to our Savior’s grace to bind our wandering souls to Him. O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Living Waters

Jesus Christ: Experiencing Living Waters

Below is an excerpt from Randall J. Brown’s book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior (pp. 31-33). Experiencing Christ was published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. Brown shares that Jesus Christ is our Great Physician. Our choosing (or not choosing) to be healed by Him spiritually actually affects us physically as well. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is a devoted follower and disciple of Christ: Experiencing Living Waters While working as a seminary teacher, I heard the analogy that in our fallen state, each of us is like a person stranded in a burning desert, dying of thirst. At the point of complete exhaustion and dehydration, we suddenly notice a pitcher of cold water sitting on top of a sand dune. If we choose to crawl to the water and drink it, we can be saved. In this example, what actually saves us? Is it our own efforts to crawl... Read the rest of this entry »