Jesus didn’t die so we could merely go to church. Martin Luther said, “A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”
If we’re not careful we simply go through the Jesus motions without ever becoming the Jesus movement he’s called us to be. Over these next few weeks we are going to focus on God’s call for us to be the Jesus movement to our generation. God is going to activate something within us to take us to another dimension of loving, serving and giving.
Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End. He is coming again as He is The One who makes all things new.
Rev 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever!...
It is very common for the book of Revelation to strike fear in our hearts as we begin thinking about the apocalyptic nature of these writings. However, this is not what God intended.
Jude is Jesus’ half brother. He got right to the point in this brief letter. People in the church were rejecting authority and self-absorbed. False teachers were leading the people astray. Jude wanted to encourage Christians to stand firm in the faith and fight for the truth. Jude’s declaration was to stand strong and let God’s goodness in your life be the prevailing story of encouragement to others.
There is a vital relationship between love and truth. There are truth people and there are love people. Then there are people who, like Jesus, are both. 1 John focuses on authentic connection with God and others. 2 John focuses on guarding those connections by protecting the truth from the basis of love.
Friendship is a powerful force in our lives. When you think of your best friend you think of somebody who you have shared meaningful time with. The reality is the best portion of our lives will be seemingly insignificant moments smiling with people who matter to us. Through friendship God invites us to know him and to make him known. John carries a wonderful revelation of friendship with God because he was arguably Jesus’ closest friend.