The Portrait of a Christian
Raymond D. Sopp
Front Cover: 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (NASB)
Back Cover: My heart sank within me. Something was VERY wrong! My heart profoundly sank into my innermost being. It was then I knew in my heart of hearts that this insight was NOT given to me to judge anyone, but to HELP every called-out-one safely into the Kingdom of God. I wanted to somehow spiritually paint the portrait of a Christian in order that all who professed to be Christians would then be able to examine themselves to see if they could recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ within themselves. And, God forbid, if they failed the test, just maybe, if they had ears to hear, they could then turn their mere Christian profession into a truly born-again experience.
With this in mind, the title I have given to this book is: “The Portrait of a Christian.” The title comes from the knowledge that the best way to warn (admonish) of a fault is to expose the genuine—to expose the Spirit behind the Holy Scriptures so you can examine yourself to see if you recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ (The Word) in you. This is one examination that ALL professing Christians must pass; to fail this examination has eternal infernal consequences.
WARNINGS are a Blessing:
Revelation 1:3: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy,
and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near." (NASB)
This book is not only for the believer and Bible study groups, but also for the nonbeliever as I use more than
94,000 words, 31 chapters and 316 pages to paint a spiritual portrait of a Christian.
Important: To get the most out of, The Portrait of a Christian,
read the book from cover-to-cover, i.e., do not jump around.
Question: Tron, just curious, have you had a chance to look at my book, The Portrait of a Christian? Answer: I did and very well done and captivating. I agree 2 Corinthians 13:5 must be top-of-mind for believers. It certainly keeps us in check and if we are honest with ourselves, we will see our failings no matter how long we've been saved. 1 John 1:7: “. . . but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (NASB); then, thankfully, strengthens our resolve to trust Christ even more and we remember to 'pray about everything!' Great stuff, Raymond. Tron Simpson a local radio personality.
Reviewer: L. Texel / Spiritual Barometer
If you are a 'born again' Christian and want to know how you are doing spiritually, read this book. But I caution you to check your pride at the door. It will challenge you to take a sober assessment of your true spiritual condition. Just as we don't see our hair and nails grow, we can lose sight of our growing pride, self-reliance, and distance from God. This will jolt us back to the reality that we are in constant need of God's grace, mercy, and power. If your spiritual 'walk' has grown boring and routine; if your life isn't filled with joy and producing the fruits of the Spirit, then you NEED this book now!
Reviewer: Rita DeRego / Excellent book!
This book is excellent in every way! The author uses Scripture plainly to hold a mirror of sorts to ourselves to see if we are truly walking with Christ. The Bible exhorts us to examine ourselves and Raymond Sopp lovingly guides us on that journey in his book. What I enjoyed most about this book was the sweet spirit and love that came through. Though love is apparent, there is absolutely no watering down of the Gospel in this wonderful book!
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Reviewer: Bonita Casey
I just love this book. There is something in it for everyone. No matter what your problems are, or your troubles, -- this book will help you. Great reading and very fulfilling. This book was definitely inspired by God. Everyone should have this book and should give them as gifts.
Reviewer: Doris E. Howie / Magnificent!!! What a blessing!
Ray Sopp’s book “The Portrait of a Christian” is a magnificent compilation of insights into various areas of our daily spiritual walk. I had looked forward eagerly to the release of this volume of Ray’s teachings, having been blessed for years by his newsletters and by his free tape ministry, but never had I anticipated what an incredible impact it would have on my spiritual life.
I’m now on Chapter 29 of 31, and have been blessed beyond words a dozen or more times by “pearls of great price.” One such is his teaching that as born-again Christians we have not “just” a relationship with God, but more than that – we have the adoption of sons into the family of God, with all the rights and privileges (and responsibilities) that entails. Hallelujah! What a beautifully basic, but often forgotten truth and “The Portrait of a Christian” is full of them.
Thank you, Ray, for giving us this truly wonderful book. I have given one copy to a friend, and have another right at hand to lend out. My own copy is staying in my personal library. I want it close at hand, because I'll be reading and re-reading it for the rest of my life, and refering to it often. Bottom line? Highly recommended, both as a gift and as a terrific addition to your own library, but don't be caught dead with it in your home but unread, because its value is between its covers. The greatest book in the world can’t help you if you don’t study it, pray about it, and meditate upon its teachings.
Reviewer: Tammy Hornbeck
Raymond D. Sopp is an on-fire, born-again believer with a calling. It is probably one of the most unique callings known and unknown to the Christian world. It is not to evangelize; it is not to witness to unbelievers; it is not even to spread the gospel: but it is to give self-professing Christians a hard look in the mirror. With that said, The Portrait of a Christian was not written to condemn, and readers will not feel condemned while reading it; instead you will find the author’s love for his flock, and God’s love for all.
Sopp stresses the point that we “do not know the hour” in which Jesus will come, so it is of the utmost importance to know beyond any doubt that we are ready. That very assurance of salvation, of adoption into the family of God, is interwoven into every point the author makes. The Portrait of a Christian is a wonderful, serious bible study, and study guide to living -- truly living -- the Life of a Christian.
Reviewer: Beth Shapiro / To God be the Glory!
The Portrait of a Christian is an awesome book full of our Lord's truths. Ray Sopp is indeed called of the Lord to minister to others through the sharing of the truth of God in this book. I like the way he tells it like it is. My heart was truly blessed as I read this book from cover to cover, and have since been able to go back to it for even more blessings. If you are seeking to know your God and be blessed out of your mind, I highly recommend that you order this book and READ it, and order more for your friends! I highly recommend this book; it is a very useful spiritual tool.
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Subject: Your Book: The Portrait of a Christian:
Minister Ray, I am still not finished reading your book, but I am on Chapter 30 and I will finish reading it tonight. I have really enjoyed reading it! God has used it to show me so much about Him and about me. One of the things God has shown me is that I am working way too hard to do things in my own strength. My trying so hard has actually hindered His work in my life. I have also noticed that when I pray about something I am having trouble with, God will either begin to move into that situation in my life or He will give me what I need to handle it. It’s amazing! Also I have been experiencing more peace and I have been having more patience. It's not me trying to make myself more patient, but it's God within me. The key to all of this is prayer, prayer and more prayer! God has used your book and your ministry to do miraculous things in my life! Praise God! Christine C. from the USA
Subject: Re: The Portrait of a Christian:
Dear brother Raymond: Greetings from Jos, Nigeria. Just wanted to tell you that I have received your book. I have started reading it and I’m at chapter one. I find these introductory pages challenging, especially about the issue of having the spiritual eyes to be able to recognize Jesus. May the Lord bless you and the ministry work you are doing. God bless you. Thanks, Gideon K. from Nigeria
Subject: RE: Any Prayer Requests:
Brother Sopp: Just a note to let you know that even though I haven’t been sending you any prayer requests I still look forward to you asking. Also wanted to let you know that I pray for your ministry often. My wife and I really got a blessing from reading your book. I usually take the books that we buy to our church for others to read after we have read them, but after several months we haven't turned loose of this one yet. We both just keep going back and rereading it and get a blessing each time we read it. Your writings are truly anointed, and even though they are sometimes hard for us to have to face the shortcomings in our lives that are highlighted by your words, they are always beneficial. Yours in Christ, Rev. Bobby W. from USA
Subject: Reading from your book versus reading online:
I read your “Heart-to-Heart” commentaries through your website, jumping from one to another, not in any particular order, until I had read them all. I then felt led of the Lord to order a copy of your book, The Portrait of a Christian. As I read your book, this time reading your chapters in order, I began to see the things you wrote about in a totally different perspective than when I first read them while online. Your book was so much easier to really get into and to understand. I feel like I have a new source for worship, as in, worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
I found it to be of great benefit to be able to take your book to a quiet place, absent of distractions such as my screen saver coming on at the most inopportune times as I was trying to read your commentaries from my computer. Also being able to underline portions of your book, and make my own notes in the margins were another benefit of having a copy of your book.
As I started to read from the beginning of your book, I felt led to stop and pray between the paragraphs. As I did so, my eyes were opened and my heart was truly blessed. You surely are called of God to this ministry of a Watchman. Thank you for writing this book. As you say in your book’s acknowledgment, To God be the Glory! Beth S. from USA
Subject: The Portrait of a Christian:
I just started reading the book online, and your words are going directly to my heart. It makes me wonder how I can love the Lord so much, and be such a sinner. My dad died last year and he was, to my sister and me, the truest Christian we ever met. I want so much to be like him, and be as sincere and truthful about who I am and what I believe in, but I fall short so often.
Thank you for writing this most important book, next to the Bible. I will order a copy so I can highlight the places that I need to work on. I am praying for you and thanking God for you and your ministry. Thank you, Mary R. from USA
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