Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Way

Jesus says, "You are the church". Don't be afraid. Too many hide, hoping someone else will jump into action when something fearful happens. Without you, how are people going to know Jesus? 

For evil to flourish, is for good people to do nothing. I believe Jesus is stronger than evil. When the church starts to believe and gets in way of evil, lives can and will be impacted. 

If I {you} really want to follow Jesus, these are the things that Jesus said:

Mark 12:29

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Luke 9:23 

"If any would be my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."

Matthew 28:19-20 

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

This is what the "Way" looks like:

*Bless those who persecute you
*Rejoice with those who rejoice
*Weep with those who weep {Weighing into hurt and suspending judgement}
*Do not be haughty {Do not believe that you are better than another person}
*Do not repay evil for evil
*Enemies: feed them, give them something to drink
*Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. {It is tempting to despair. Not feasable option.}

You do matter. You are God's child. Be "the way".
Jesus has you covered.

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church

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