This is part two of a four part series leading up to the launch of Shore Vineyard Churches, new church plant “INTERSECTION”. These four weeks will be related to the first service which is called “Who is Jesus: Facts, stories and questions about the most influential man in history.” For more information on Intersection, visit the Shore Vineyards website here
Jesus was never intimidated by questions, and asked a few challenging ones of his own. But that doesn’t mean that everything he said was a grey area. Jesus had some very specific things to say.
So I found myself doing a quick check through of the gospels recently to scope a few things out. Feel free to correct me but it seems that…
Jesus didn’t say “Build elaborate and excessive church buildings”
Jesus didn’t say “Protest outside funerals and condemn homosexuals”
Jesus didn’t say “The storms will never come”
Jesus didn’t say “My grace allows you to do as you please”
Jesus didn’t say “Give, and your wallet will grow”
Jesus didn’t say “Eternity starts after you die”
Jesus didn’t say “Establish church hierarchy”
Jesus didn’t say “Follow me and become a down and sombre character about life”
Jesus didn’t say “Judge others ruthlessly for their actions”
Jesus did however, tell us to live a life of radical love and generosity – giving up all that is ours for him (Matthew 13:45-46). He did tell us to turn from our own agendas and seek first the kingdom of God (Mark 1:15, Matthew 6:33). He did tell us to bless the poor (Matthew 6:2-4) and to feed his lambs (John 21:15-17). Jesus invited us to follow him (Matthew 4:19) and learn from his ways. He leads us to teach, heal and serve mightily in his name (Mark 9:38-41) . He tells us to mend broken bridges (Matthew 5:24), and shows us how to be advocates for restoration (Luke 8:48). He shows us that greatness is not defined by military power, but rather by the humble and submissive act of serving someone (John 13:1-20). Jesus tells us to simply remember him by partaking of the bread and the wine (Luke 22:14-23).
And above everything, Jesus tells us to hinge/dress/hang/frame/support every action of our life with a deep deep love for God AND a deep deep love for other people (Matthew 22:34-40)