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The Unrealized Reality
by Richard Halverson

Dr. Richard C. Halverson, former Chaplain of the United States Senate, talked with Marshall Shelley, Associate Editor of Leadership, in their tape series, Preaching Today. Marshall Shelley asked:

"Dr. Haleverson. Share some thoughts with us on the topic of preaching, and some of the lessons that you have learned."

Dr. Halverson replied:

"In the three and a half years I have been in the Senate, I have realized that there are two themes that are so important for the church that I tend to touch on either or both of them in all of my preaching."

"One is the sheer necessity of intercessory prayer. When I came here I sensed that what men and women in public life--those in authority--needed, more than anything else, was for the Church to pray for them."

"And the second is the Christ-in-you theme. I believe that this theme is the great unrealized reality in the body of Christ. It is not taken seriously at all. Every Christian mouths the words, 'Christ in you, the hope of glory,' and 'I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me.' These phrases are even memorized by many believers. Though Christians think that Christ-in-you is a nice thing to believe, they still think they have to DO something. Christ-in-you is a fundamental theme in the Bible that is just not taken seriously."