The Essence of Christianity 05 Aug

(Message 1) What is the essence of Christianity? Is it all about keeping the rules and having a strong faith? It may surprise you that Jesus doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Being a “sinner” doesn’t mean that you can’t follow Him. And even if you have doubts, you’re not disqualified. In fact, following always begins with a sinner and often with an unbeliever. #gcfollow

If you are willing to _______________, you can follow Me.

 

The message of the Pharisees:  Change and you can join us!

The message of Jesus:  Join us and you will change!

 

Following Jesus:

  • Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you, it’s a prerequisite.
  • Being an unbeliever doesn’t disqualify you, none of Jesus’ earliest followers believed.

 

Scripture used: Matthew 9:9-13

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  1. Read Matthew 9:9-13. As you reflect on these verses, what stands out the most to you? Why?
  2. As you reflect on the message, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly
    1. helpful?
    2. insightful?
    3. difficult to grasp?
    4. challenging?
  3. What do the passages and the message teach you about God? What do they teach you about yourself?
  4. How could the next week be different if you incorporated these truths into your life?

Daily Bible Readings:

Troy encouraged us to read through a gospel. There’s 28 chapter in the Book of Matthew-one a day for this sermon series.

Day 1:  Matthew 1

Day 2:  Matthew 2

Day 3:  Matthew 3

Day 4:  Matthew 4

Day 5:  Matthew 5

Day 6:  Matthew 6

Day 7:  Matthew 7

Other messages in this series: