Living Authentically with Friends

5 steps to building and enjoying authentic Christian community

Oxford defines “authentic” as made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original.  As believers, the “original” we’re seeking to resemble is our intended design – our redeemed self. If it weren’t for the fall of Adam we might resemble God’s original design. But sin causes us to fall short. So we look to Christ as our proxy.

As a result of this fallen state, our relationships with others often disappoint. Struggling to live authentically with those around us we long for something more genuine.  Striving for authenticity leads us to ask 2 questions:

  1. What does “living authentically with friends” even mean?
  2. In what ways do I see myself falling short?

The Gem I Received from an Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout PinHow many times have you been told to embrace a lifestyle or attitude of continuous learning?  To develop a thirst for knowledge?  Knowledge is perched high upon a pedestal and is the means to many noble ends.  A modern-day snake oil, knowledge is  seemingly a cure for all that ails us.  It makes us interesting.  It’s a key to career success and upward mobility.  Knowledge is power.  It’s the antidote to ignorance and the secret sauce to great conversations.  With it – the world is our oyster.  Without it…well I shudder to think.

The pursuit of knowledge even keeps us young.  In the words of one great captain of industry, knowledge might be the very fountain of youth for which explorers have searched for ages.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. ― Henry Ford