From pastors wearing ripped jeans to Christians having tattoos, Christianity has come a long way and morphed into its true form. So much so that I wouldn’t even refer to it as a religion anymore. It’s always been more of a lifestyle and faith but hasn’t been represented properly. We’re gradually moving away from that era of religion and I love it!
One of my favorite pastors, Mike Todd, put it perfectly when He said: What if people talked about you and didn’t represent you properly? For a long time that’s what we’ve all been doing to God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The definition of a Christian is an individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ. Basically being a Christian is being Christ-like but through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and not by following rules religiously.
Generally, I’ve found that people are discouraged from giving their lives to Christ because of other people’s representation of God. However, I’m here to tell you that to really know who God is, you have to have a personal encounter and relationship with Him. It’s relational. Don’t let anybody else build your report about who God is.
Anyways, I would like to re-present God according to my personal relationship with Him. I base it on these two things:
- The Grace of God- The difference between Christianity and all other religions is the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, who came in form of man wrapped in human divinity to die for our sins. Now that’s where the Grace comes in. Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God. Once you receive God’s grace, you experience another level of God’s faithfulness. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Grace in Greek is the word ‘karis’. It refers to a superior giving a benevolent gift to an inferior. There’s always a third party involved, the broker who pays for the product in full. When you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, it is paid in full. John 3:16 says for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Grace is the fundamental of our faith and you can learn more from this sermon series: Grace Like A Flood by Mike Todd
The Peace of God- Most people come to Jesus for worldly benefits but that’s the least of what He can give. The Bible says ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11: 28). For me, the greatest thing about being saved is the joy and peace you have in the midst of disasters. You can trust in God that everything will turn out for your good. (Rom8:28) This sermon by Steven Furtick explains more: When Anxiety Attacks.
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