Jesus Was Not A Very Good Christian

May 9, 2017

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who is respectable, presentable, well mannered, well meaning, and well wishing

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who moves in gospel goose step at authority’s command

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean the business of getting more things, if the gospel is “good news” about increasing our living standards more than our loving standards

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean the sort of person who is always snooping around to see if people are enjoying themselves and then trying to stop it

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean disciples of the doctrines of Jesus, not disciples of Jesus

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who tries to save the standing order rather than creating an alternative order of reality within each standing order

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who is always comparing themselves to others

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean being a gravy train for the professional clergy

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who has the right friends and keeps the right company.

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who has a problem or an issue with sin

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who is wanting more, better, or bigger

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who hears the voice of God as but an echo of the culture’s voices and to a voice from Heaven

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean an algorithmic, step-by-step, predictable approach to church, life, and mission

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who never got angry or upset

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who constantly shares everything God is doing in his or her life

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean holding people back from ministering until they went through discipleship training, understood the vision of the local church, and were serious mature in the faith - otherwise, irresponsible leaders

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean someone who strives to be and would like to be labeled “Christian” or “good”

 

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean sitting in a church pew and absorbing inordinate amounts of information and material without ever changing your life or applying what you are learning

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean going out and witnessing to others at least once a week if not more frequently

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean measuring success by numbers attending or ministered; other countries visited

Jesus was not a very good Christian if by “good Christian” we mean finding His identity, value, and worth from the ministry that He was involved in

Really, Jesus was not a great Christian nor a good one because He also had tremendously bad habits..

Some of His bad habits:

1> Jesus spit…

2> Jesus procrastinated…

3> Jesus appeared wasteful…

4> He was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard

5> Bad habit of constantly disappearing when you needed Him

6> Jesus did not follow up on and chase potential converts

7> He offended people on purpose / Made people uncomfortable

8> Never directly answered a question when asked

9> He made you think for yourself and make your own decisions

 

10> Jesus loved to party - and with the wrong people

 

11> He ate gluten and encouraged others to as well

12> He loved tax collectors

13> Hung out with people of other religions

14> He invited Himself to private homes for meals and brought His friends with Him

15> Jesus was dangerous

16> He was simply , at times, not nice 

17> Not religious

 

18> Jesus hung out with bad people

 

19> Jesus surrounded Himself with theological nitwits who had no or nearly no theological training

20> Jesus spent too much time with little children

21> Jesus broke the rules

22> Jesus never went to church

23> Jesus never married, had a family and never settled down to be a stable and steady member of the community

24> Gave bad medical advice - 40 day fasts

25> He talked about politics and religion and did so over a dinner meal

26> He had the bad habit of relating to women as if they were not only human but peers

27> He had the bad habit of fixating on the little and ignoring the big

 

28> Jesus thought that He was God

CONCLUSION:

Yes - He was not a very good Christian
Yes - He had some very bad and seriously annoying habits

But, He is God born as a man who said that if He be lifted up He would draw all people to Himself

He knew who He was and what He was called to accomplish in His life here on Earth

And, every one of us needs to focus, in this Kingdom season, on discovering the real Jesus and removing the “Good old plastic Jesus” that we hold so close to our heart

 

 

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An Ordinary Life in the Hands of God

April 24, 2017

Because Jesus has been raised from the dead and is alive and active today, believers should never settle for ordinary or normal. We should be living life to the fullest, celebrating every moment, and embracing every opportunity the Risen Jesus gives us to impact our family and friends. We should be living transformed lives that tell others that we are His disciples and living examples of what the power of God can do. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead that is still active in the world today.

“An Ordinary Life In the Hands of God” looks at how God transforms an ordinary, every-day life into a powerfully supernatural experience. This is a teaching that you won’t want to miss.

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21 Things Christians Need To Stop Doing NOW

April 12, 2017

Key things and attitudes that we need to cut out of our lives

1> Quit expecting the world to like you. Jesus said it would hate you

2> Quit throwing your own teammates under the bus. 


3> Quit gossiping.

4> Quit replacing prayer with "good vibes" and "positive thoughts."

 

5> Quit saying repentance isn't necessary. It is. Jesus said so. 


 

6> Quit saying that the "portions of the Bible that make you feel uncomfortable" are irrelevant and nothing more than dated writings

7> Quit expecting unbelievers/non-Christians to understand the Bible and/or to live like Christ. 


 

8> Quit acting like the Great Commission (Go into all the world to preach the gospel) is the Great Suggestion. 

 It's a command - - - Go already

 

9> Quit thinking that it's okay to be silent about your faith

10> Quit using the Bible to beat the "hell" out of people. 

11> Quit your legalistic rants, knee-jerk reactions, emotional reactions, and judgmentalism

12> Quit calling yourself a Christian if you believe there are multiple paths that lead to salvation. 

13> Quit living like everybody's going to heaven and nobody's going to hell.

14> Quit acting like you're better than those who don't know Jesus. You're not

15> Quit criticizing loving believers who take a biblical stand for godly morals

16> Quit pointing out the speck in your neighbour's eye while ignoring the plank in your own eye. 
 

17> Quit being a jerk, period. 

18> Quit defending sin in your life - - Quit hating sinners

19> Quit using the phrase "he who's without sin cast the first stone" out of context

 

20> Quit using grace as a license to live however you want (extreme grace)

21> Quit using the phrase (when inviting people to church) "come as you are" if you're going to complain when they start showing up ‘as they are’

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It’s Not a Spectator Sport

February 24, 2017

In fact, if truth be known, the whole of the Christian faith and our walk with. Jesus is “not a spectator sport”

You cannot just get saved and then sit - Jesus said, when you are saved, we are to “go” and “do”

 

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Live Life With Passion

February 12, 2017

Jesus was clear about living with passion

A man walks up to Him one day and says, “Jesus, I am too busy to read the whole Bible and I missed the movie when it came out. Can you summarize the story of the Bible for me? Is there a point to the whole thing?

Jesus responded by giving a summary of the entire Bible…

Mark 12:30-31 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

You can feel the passion in Jesus’ words

The repeated word is “all”

Jesus is saying that we are to love God, serve God, love people, and serve people with passion

We are to give it ALL we have
No half-hearted commitment will do
Built into that word “all” is a Passionate aggressiveness

 

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Being in One Accord

January 4, 2017

Complete oneness (unity) is what draws the presence of God - The Holy Spirit

“…two or three gathered IN MY NAME, there am I in their midst”

Two or three believers…

Having one mind
Having the same passion
Having the same emotion
Having the same desire and purpose

Draws the presence of God - Jesus in our midst

With His presence comes the power

His presence draws others to be part of the community of believers
His power transforms their lives

It is that simple

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The foundational Question

December 12, 2016
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Born to Die

November 30, 2016
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Values of the New Testament Church

November 23, 2016

ALIGNMENT

Psalm 133:1,3b “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers well together in unity! …For there the LORD has commanded the blessing…”

INVOLVEMENT

 

CHANGE

 

COLLABORATION

 

ADVENTURE

 

MULTIPLICATION

In Acts 1:8 as Jesus sent His disciples out to reach a dying world,  He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  

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