By David Kennedy l Senior Pastor
Blessings, but without obedience. Comfort, but without sacrifice. Happiness, but without repentance. Many church leaders today communicate pleasant, positive, inspiring messages. In fact, their services are bulging with people who want to hear these promises! Their message, though, is only half of the gospel-and half of the gospel is no gospel at all. From a distance it looks like real Christianity, but it’s not. It’s weak and powerless. It’s attractive, but it can’t accomplish God’s ultimate purpose to radically transform lives. It’s fun to go to a church where everything is positive, but this is a “lite” version of the Christian faith. It focuses on the grand and glowing promises of blessing, but it overlooks the requirements of courage, obedience, and sacrifice.
If we are going to change the world today We need more than a diluted, decaffeinated faith. We need the real thing. We need all the power and provision of the Gospel!
Many of us have taken that same attitude–sometimes even without realizing it–and applied it to our faith. We want blessings, but without obedience. Comfort, but without sacrifice. Happiness, but without repentance. As a result, we have watered down, decaffeinated and diluted the message of the gospel until it really has no effect on our lives or the lives of others.
Jesus didn’t come to make our normal, selfish, sinful lives a little better. He came to radically transform life as we know it. This narrow way, the way of grace, is the only way to find the real Jesus, real meaning, real hope, and a life where we’ll really live!
Look forward to seeing you Sunday.
*Based on the sermon series by Glen Berteau