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Moving Beyond the Rules

This year, we as a faith community are on a journey together. We are seeking to move from being Fans to Followers of Jesus.

Yet one of the dangers that many Christians fall into over time is to reduce this journey to making sure I have the right beliefs and that I’m following the correct rules. This is so that I can be assured that when my time on earth is done, my heavenly passport will be stamped.

But is this is really the reason Jesus came? To provide us with the correct information so as to know how we could escape this world one day? Wasn’t Jesus vision bigger than helping individuals save their own personal skins?

This week, I challenged each of us to begin and end each day by saying what some have referred to as the Jesus Creed. It comes from Mark 12. It says,

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 . . . ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Jesus says that the number one defining characteristic of the people he was gathering around himself would be love. His followers would be known as people who love God and love others.

My proposal to you, if you want to be a follower of Jesus, is to step into Jesus’ larger vision. To being and end each day by saying the Jesus Creed. In fact, say it whenever it comes to mind. . . and then see what God does in and through you.

I’m looking forward to hearing all the amazing stories.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Mark

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