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held back Christians

When we hold back on being a disciple of Jesus, we are similar to these guys:

“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
‭‭John‬ ‭12:42-43 ESV‬‬

When I refuse to confess or subtly hide my belief in Jesus, I’m like these guys who wanted to ensure their own honor.

This is a getting rather than giving the glory problem. 

When I allow my desire for notoriety or being approved by people to get in the way of my confession of Jesus, I’ve become one of those guys like in the text above.

This is a danger for all of us. Even pastors who pull a punch in a sermon for fear of what people may think, or how it may effect their “experience” may fall into this mindset. This may show a fear of approval or need to fit in. Or worse… The need to control.

Read the Gospels.

Jesus didn’t pull his punches.

Speak the truth about Jesus, no matter the consequences. No matter how the crowd may react.

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The Torah – and dumbed down Christianity

Research indicates that the Jews in 1st century Palestine had a solid knowledge of the Old Testament. Many had large portions of the Law memorized. Rabbis and their disciple had the entire Law and commentary memorized. Sabbath was a day truly devoted to the study of God’s word. Even today Israel is shut down on the Sabbath. The 1st century Jews took study and obedience seriously.

With this understanding, I’ve been noticing how often the people Jesus interacted with and referred to the law demonstrating a familiarity with it.

Yet in what can be called a dumbed down Christianity, where has the deep knowledge of the Bible gone?

Have we taken the doctrine of Grace Alone to the point where we verge on a do-nothing Christianity that has its whole focus on gathering in a warehouse of converts once a week? 

Where are the disciples?

Pastors, if your sermons are feeding heads or touching hearts but you are not making disciples, are you leading biblically?

End once a week dumbed down Christianity.

Make disciples.

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2000 migrants per day…

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