Christmas can be a tough time of year, for many reasons. During this time of year, when tradition is so important to us, it can be difficult when things don't go as planned. There is, however, hope in the Christmas story, even when things are 'less than jolly.'
The good news of Jesus Christ - what is often referred to as The Gospel - really, really, really is good news. It’s a message that has been shared millions of times by millions of people for almost 2,000 years. It has led many to life change. To others, irrelevant. And some would say its been diluted or miscommunicated too many times. So why not take a look at the first time it was ever shared…shall we?
One of the sore spots of religion is “all of the rules.” Right? Passages like the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount sometimes are seen as rules and regulations- things we “have to do” in order to “be good.” Enough of that, and people might start to question the whole religion thing (and dare we say it, even walk away from the church…hmm…).
But, perhaps we could reframe the conversation about “Bible rules,” and see what happens as a result.
Jesus is clear in both His actual teachings and the example of His life that discipleship is an essential rhythm in the life of the Christ-follower. Like many rhythms in the church, discipleship holds traditional formats, but are there other ways we can approach this formative and essential practice? A few passages of scripture show that discipleship could be bigger than we have thought.