Jesus, the church, and do’s and don’ts

Just wanted to offer up a few thoughts this morning as I sit at the computer. I was doing some Bible study this morning and I found something that caught my attention, especially as someone who grew up in one of the mainline denominations that seem to be more interested in doing the right things (legalistic) than actually preaching about sin and the need for sincere repentance. By the way, in layman’s terms, repentance is a recognizing of the sin in your life and a sincere desire to turn away from that lifestyle. Jesus and the apostles all preached about the need for people to turn from those desires.

Jesus, the church, and do’s and don’ts

The Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:16, “yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law (right and wrong, do’s and don’ts” but by faith in Jesus Christ.” What I find interesting is why do we as human beings seem to have so much trouble believing this?

I hear arguments against Christianity saying it’s just a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s not. Anyone who told you that was dead wrong. We simply cannot, as sinful people, follow any kind of a list of right and wrong. Go back to the Garden of Eden. What was the original sin at its most basic form? Rebellion against God. He says don’t do this and the only two human beings alive did the exact opposite (with a little help, of course). That kind of behavior (and help) is alive and well today. All you have to do is read a newspaper or check out a website to see just how much sin is in this world.

The next time someone says “it’s all about do this and don’t do this,” please think about it? It was never about being able to follow the law. If we could all follow the law perfectly, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross to pay the penalty for all the sin in the world. He would have died for nothing.

Jesus, the church, do’s and don’ts

If we could actually follow a list of do’s and don’ts that some people think is Christianity, then we wouldn’t need Jesus to come and take our place on the cross to pay the price for us. Christianity is not a list of do this and don’t do that. It’s so much more.

 

Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. When I die and stand before the throne, I want God to see the perfection of Jesus covering me through a free gift rather than stand there scarred in sin. How about you? It’s a free gift that you simply cannot earn, but the good news is you don’t have to.

 

 

Teen MOPS is making better moms and a better world

Teen Mops is mentoring in action from Chad Smith on Vimeo.

 

Kids and parents were getting ready for the bi-weekly Teen MOPS meeting (Photo by Chad Smith/Full Sail University)

Kids and parents were getting ready for the bi-weekly Teen MOPS meeting (Photo by Chad Smith/Full Sail University)

Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a nationwide Christian ministry, with a chapter at Christ Community Church in Rochester, Minnesota.  Veteran moms come alongside young, teenage mothers, who can find themselves in some difficult situations, and help them navigate the various challenges of motherhood.  Motherhood is a challenging job all by itself, but when teenage girls find themselves with children, the job can become very overwhelming.  The Teen MOPS meet every two weeks, and come together for a meal, fellowship, learning, and a MOPShop, where they exchange points they earn through attendance for things they need, such as baby clothing, food, and various other necessities.

Cirque de Fun… Funding Futures for Little Lives

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The Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool in Rochester, Minnesota, recently found out it was cut off from any state funding because it uses a Christian curriculum.  The Kingdom Kids staff refused to bemoan the loss of valuable funds and possibly makes cuts in the staff and programming.  Instead, they put together a carnival fun night called […]