Spiritual Practices

Simon Chan

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Spiritual Practices

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Most evangelicals would agree that certain spiritual disciplines are necessary for the formation of the godly life. If asked to list what they regard as the most important spiritual practices, they are not likely to differ very widely in their answers. The list includes the daily personal devotion or the Quiet Time; regular church attendance; and service, of which evangelism or sharing one's faith with others is considered a top priority. All these practices are concrete expressions of one's surrender and obedience to Christ. Underlying these practices are certain core convictions about the nature of the Christian life. The Christian life begins with a decision to turn from sin and, to use a popular phrase, “accept Jesus Christ as personal savior” (“conversionism”). The sole objective basis of conversion is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (“crucicentrism”). The Christian can be certain of salvation through the cross because the Bible says so (“biblicism”). Having received the saving grace of God, the Christian must share the message with others (“activism”).

Keywords: Jesus Christ; spiritual practices; evangelicals; evangelism; Quiet Time; Christian life; conversionism; activism; crucicentrism; biblicism

Article.  6910 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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