Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 February 2019

Abstract and Keywords

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

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.