Monday, July 1, 2019
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

hands on BibleThe latest research shows that Christians aren't always making their identity in Christ known to others.

This was revealed in a LifeWay Research discipleship study of 2,500 Protestant churchgoers. Executive Director Scott McConnell says it manifests in people's relationship with other Christians, as spiritual matters are sometimes not coming up in their conversations.

"Those relationships at church that really should be built around our identity in Christ really seem to be lacking that very thing that should be uniting us," he explains. 

This is paving the way for assumptions to be made.

McConnell, Scott (LifeWay Research)"When you're with other Christians, especially at church, there's kind of the assumption that 'hey, we're all on the same page, and we're all doing okay spiritually,'" McConnell relays. "And then when we're with non-Christians, increasingly there's kind of an assumption that you're not a Christian, and sometimes it can be awkward to let people know that you're a Christian."

According to the study, one out of five churchgoers indicates that many people who know them are not aware that they are Christian. But as McConnell points out, God is clear in His Word that believers are to identify in Him.

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