Authentic Christianity

A Fresh Grip on Life


Ray C. Stedman

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations in this publication are taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSIONÆ (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

 To Elaine
loyal helper, loving critic,
a woman to be proud of.



Preface | (PDF)

1 The Great Imitation | (PDF)

2 The Real Thing | (PDF)

3 The Secret | (PDF)

4 Two Splendors | (PDF)

5 Death Versus Life | (PDF)

6 The Enemy Within | (PDF)

7 The Enemy Without | (PDF)

8 Pots, Pressures and Power | (PDF)

9 Time and Eternity | (PDF)

10 Our Highest Motivation | (PDF)

11 The Glory of Ministry | (PDF)

12 Exhibit A | (PDF)




This is the book I have wanted to write above all others. It deals with the very heart of the gospel, the most important truth contained in the pages of Scripture. That truth is the new covenant of which the Lord Jesus spoke when he passed the cup at the Last Supper and said, "This is the blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

When we understand the full implications of that new covenant, we discover the most liberating secret in the Word of God! It is the secret, as Paul put it, of "Christ in you, the hope of glory." All of God's plans for present victory over evil, and all His plans for future glory rest squarely on the amazing fact of our fundamental union with Christ!

I pray that God will use this book to lead you into a deeper, richer experience of this central truth of the Christian life, and that He will enable you to fully discover the glorious liberty of being a child of God! I pray that this book will help you to move beyond religion, beyond doctrines, beyond rules, beyond rituals, and into that life-changing experience of being intimately connected with Christ at the very core of your being--for that is authentic Christianity!

Ray C. Stedman

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