Putting Religion In Its Place

We want answers for life's mysteries. Is there an after life? Will I see my mom again? What does the Bible say about divorce? Does the Bible say we have to give ten percent of our money to the church? Religion tries to answer those questions. Religion is about answers, order, and predictability. Unfortunately, life isn't about any of those things. Life can be messy. Religion has a place in our lives, but Jesus taught us it's not the first place. When religion takes first place, it begins flexing its muscles at the expense of mercy.

Classless

We've all been picked on for something we had no control over. It's dehumanizing. In all likelihood, you've also picked on others. It's such a strange thing. It's such a human thing. The easiest way to feel superior is to find a person or group we feel is inferior and power up. And we've probably all been guilty of that outwardly or inwardly. One of the reasons Jesus came into the world was to change all that. Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, seek an answer to this question - Where do I catch Jesus elevating the dignity of the individual?

Like Son, Like Father

If there is a God, we all want to know what He's like. We're curious. Our tendency is to look in nature, outer space, or within ourselves to find clues about Him. But that only provides us with an incomplete picture. Jesus made a radical claim. He said if you want to know about God, look no further than Him. If you've seen the Son, you've seen the Father. Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John seek answers to the question - What do we learn about the Father from the Son?

To Communicate and Demonstrate

One of the unique things Christians believe is that God became one of us. For thirty years He lived under cover as a carpenter, surfaced as a miracle worker and Rabbi for three years, and allowed Himself to die in the most degrading way imaginable. He came as one of us but was treated as less than one of us. Why in the world would God do that? Homework Question: As you read Matthew, Mark, Luke or John seek answers to the question - What do we learn about the Father from the Son?