[The Portrait of a Christian]

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The apostle Paul, with great knowledge of Scripture, said in Philippians 3:7–8: "But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ." (NASB)


It takes a courageous person to take a second look—to lay down their life—just as the apostle Paul. Are you willing to take a second look, to lay down your life? The Portrait of a Christian was written to help you do so.

For more than thirty-eight years, Minister Raymond D. Sopp studied the Scriptures, not to parrot God's Word through memorization, but just to know God's heart as He communicated through His Word. To know anyone's heart, you must listen to their words.

Raymond wrote The Portrait of a Christian, to challenge and provoke thought to those who desire a closer relationship with Christ. He wanted to paint a portrait of God's heart through thirty-one separate commentaries—starting with the importance God placed on His Gospel and ending with a Lost Love. All of us must earnestly contend for the faith!



Comment: Do you believe we’re approaching the Last Days? Are you seeing the season change—beginning to see leaves fall to the ground? Yes! Then, The Portrait of a Christian, is a must read for you.

There are several warnings given to the professing Christian in God’s Word; to me, the most terrifying warning to the professing Christian for this time we’re living in is what Jesus said in Matthew 7:15–23: “‘Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.’ Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (NASB)

The book I wrote, The Portrait of a Christian, is to help the professing Christian not to be one of those who just say “Lord, Lord.” Are you willing to take a second look at your Christianity? If so, then The Portrait of a Christian was written for you.



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)

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.
Great for group Bible study.


Book Reviews:

Reviewer: Patti P. / Wonderful Biblical Instruction.
(Amazon.com)

The Portrait of a Christian is a book that caught my attention, especially after reading that the author wanted to know Christ Jesus and the God who sent Him. I too want to know Christ Jesus and the God who sent Him.

This book provides an intimate look at Minister Raymond D. Sopp’s walk as a Christian. Perhaps because my husband is an ordained minister, I felt a connection to this book. As the book demonstrates in order to recognize Jesus we have to know the Scriptures of the Bible. Rather than feeling “preachy”, this book read as a love letter about how God has worked in his life.

So if you want a book that will challenge you to deepen your relationship and walk with God, check out this book for yourself.

Reviewer: Manda J. / Thought provoking!
(Amazon.com)

This book is an excellent one on the Christian walk! I really appreciated that Raymond shares the pitfalls that come with pride and how that is a constant battle we need to be working on. The book is deep and thought provoking. I love how it delves into the Scriptures and really gets the reader to thinking about how to improve your walk of faith. I appreciated his thoughts on being a church of action, but not using those actions as a way to puff us up, but to draw us closer to God. This is a wonderful book to read through!

Reviewer: Erin Slocum / My Thoughts on The Portrait of A Christian:
(BarnesandNoble.com | Paperback Format) (Also available in Nook Format)

This is a very informative and chocked full of thoughts/ideas/and scripture. I read this book through but really think it would be best used reading with other people to discuss and delve deeper into certain parts. Doing it this way would help to understand and question as well as delve deeper into what is going on within the pages.

I do appreciate that scripture is used within the book and that the verses are picked apart for better understanding.

However, it is also a lot of information within this book and I don’t think it should be read quickly as I did. I read through it so that I would be able to finish it all for this review, but I do feel I should go back and read through it more for understanding versus just getting a feel for what the book was like and how it was written.

This would be a book I can recommend. Do know though that it is a deep work of intertwining one man’s thoughts with Scripture. Also know that you don’t have to agree with every bit of it. His interpretation can be different from yours without it being wrong on either of your parts.

I recommend this book and think it’s a great way to get into the scriptures and study. Would be best for a small group or Bible study group.

This is the second edition of this book and I have to say that I adore this cover. I did peak at the previous cover and can say wholeheartedly that this one is much– much better. Enjoy.

Reviewer: MaryAnn / A Review of Nov. 2019 edition
(ChristianBook.com)

The thirty-one chapters of this book are like sermons addressing a variety of topics from Scripture. They could be read one a day for a month worth of devotions. The author's exposition gives the reader plenty to consider with some ideas I had never heard before. Some of the subjects he addresses include Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Satan, what being baptized for the dead means (not literal), and various aspects of living the Christian life. I think the book should challenge readers to study the Bible more and learn what God says on these matters. The writer hits pretty hard with a conservative view, most of which I agree with, but this teaching may offend some. He calls those who claim to follow Christ but are caught up in the ways of the world to practice the principles of the Word, which requires surrender and sacrifice. I think The Portrait of a Christian would make a good text for group discussion.

Reviewer: Litterarum Studiosus / Light Always Conquers Darkness
(Amazon.com)

2020 seems to be a year for unique books, at least in the Christian market. Minister Raymond Sopp’s “The Portrait of a Christian” is one of them, and even though it is a second edition published again in August, I am counting it as this year’s. The cover on my paperback copy is the first thing that drew me in, with a beautiful lantern in the forefront and smoke behind; the first thought that crossed my mind was how God appeared to the Israelites as a cloud after delivering them out of Egypt. Even though most of this book focuses on the New Testament, particularly the apostle Paul and the book of Romans, there is plenty of material on other sections as well.

Expository but not dull, “The Portrait of a Christian” provides thirty-one detailed commentaries on laying down one’s life for the One who laid down His for us, Jesus. Each commentary can easily stand alone and is useful for individual or group study, opening with Scripture and proceeding into a discussion of a Bible story topic. These commentaries are unexpectedly engaging, and I found myself engrossed and reading more than I thought I had each time I picked it up. Sopp relies heavily on Bible verses in order to discuss the meaning of the text and demonstrates skill in incorporating verses from multiple Bible books. The very first chapter struck me; in it, Sopp offers some perspective on why Jesus told the recipients of His miracles not to tell anyone about them: the people were focusing on the restoration to health itself rather than Jesus, their salvation! A few chapters later, Sopp appeals to us not to be spiritually blind because “We zealously pray for health, wealth, and prosperity, but at the same time scarcely mention in our prayers a desire for the weightier provisions of faithfulness, mercy, forgiveness, and a heart like unto our Lord and God which is the heart of a servant.” Throughout the book, each message is like a personal call to draw closer to the Light of the World. In so doing, we not only light our own flames, but pass the torch to others along the way.

Reviewer: Deana / The Christian Walk.
(BarnesandNoble.com | Paperback Format) (Also available in Nook Format)

Although the author is very up front about his passion for Christ, I sometimes had a very hard time following him. He talks about miracles that Jesus performed but explained that He didn't want anyone to tell of them. It made me reread the paragraph to grasp what the author was trying to say. We don't want a church that is big on productions or worldly things but a church that is reverent to God. Miracles happen everyday but the author is wanting Christians to go beyond that. The authors focus is on "God's holiness and righteousness, which was, and still is, my greatest need."

I think of an onion that has been stripped of all its layers. It is exposed and has no way to hide its imperfections. That is how we need to see ourselves. God wants to strip away our bitterness, unforgiveness, pride and anything else that stops us from being in His presence. As I read the book I realized how much deeper the author goes into scriptures and how little I really knew. He makes some good points that I want to live by. We need to be genuine in everything we do. When we pray we need to be genuine while praying for others. I thought that was so powerful to read. Are we genuine when we tell someone we will pray for them? If someone asks me to pray for them, I stop and do it right then. People put on Facebook all the time that they need pray. The comments are "I will be praying." As a Christian I want to be genuine when I say I'm praying.

The author gives great examples such as people being on a jury. He explains that the jury decides the fate of a person by what they hear. They didn't see the crime happen but are willing to put someone in prison or set them free. Now lets put that principle to our faith. We can't see Jesus but we have facts that He is who He says He is. There is a lot of information in the book and scriptures that I have decided to reread the book as a bible study. I'm not clear on all the points the author made so I need to allow God to show me where I am struggling. I do think the author is passionate about God and desires for everyone to know Him. He delivers a good message with examples that did help me in some areas I didn't quite understand. Overall I think reading the book gives us things to think about and perhaps dig deeper into what the Word says.

Reviewer: Joan N. / Thought provoking book on being a true Christian.
(Amazon.com)

This is a hard hitting book and is one every Christian would benefit from reading. Sopp is concerned about the shallowness in today's church. He believes God has placed him in a position to see the spiritual danger coming and sound the warning. He uncovers the spiritual blindness that seems to affect many. I can tell he has done a great deal of research into what the Bible says about being a true Christian.

There are many thought provoking essays in this book. Sopp helps us understand important Christian principles and behaviors, such as the difference between regret and repentance and works and fruit. All of the essays combine to show the character and lifestyle of a true Christian. I really appreciated his reasonable explanation for the perplexing verse, 1 Cor. 15:29.

Sopp's writing style is one this senior citizen likes. It may be a little difficult for young people to appreciate his lengthy quotations of Scripture and accompanying comments. Nonetheless, it is a book every person identifying as a Christian would do well to read.

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Book Title: The Portrait of a Christian
By: Minister Raymond D. Sopp
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Email Book Reviews:

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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