If you had asked me this question when I was a second grader, I could have answered this question just as simply as my second grade math problems. “Sin is the problem and everybody is going to hell. Jesus came to offer forgiveness so I would not go to hell but to heaven.” Answering this …
To build a non-going church, you make sure that the bond with Jesus is weak, that every decision is tepid and triple-checked, and dissuade people from taking risks. —Eric Brown
…it is full also of the overcoming of it.” –Helen Keller
A little less than two hundred times does the Bible instruct us to “go.” Never once does the Bible instruct us to “hide.”
We are called to make disciples….nothing else.
“Too much of the current missional conversation sounds like our need to intentionally accomplish a predetermined task for God rather than seeing signs of what God is up to and living a response to what God is doing.” –Leonard Sweet (So Beautiful)
We mustn’t forget forgiveness…even in our moments of failure.
What if Peter, after turning his back, would not have come back to Jesus? What if Peter just ran away never to be seen again or, even worse, had followed the path of Judas, and ended his own life? What if Judas had not ended his life? What if Jesus had the opportunity to stand face to face once again with Judas, as he did with Peter?
The Magi–sometimes known as “wise men”–are too smart for Herod, though, and manage to visit the baby (who may have been a toddler by the time they found him) and then return home without giving up anything to Herod. Well-done, Magi!
“The worship team member, however, who equates spiritual vitality with musical excellence and emotional thrill expects too little. Seek God who is above all means, Wesley urged.”