We launched our new series “Religion Lies” AT ALL THREE OF OUR CAMPUSES TODAY!
It’s so exciting to have all of our campuses in sync with each other!
Here are my notes from Pete’s great message today “Get Clean Then Come In”:
Why is it that religion can be so dangerous?
Acts 15:1-2, 5-19, 30-31 (The Jews are making rules for how the Gentiles can become Christians)
1) Religion always adds. Religion adds rules and regulations to God’s plan.
Religion says: Jesus + ____________ = salvation. Every culture, every generation puts something in that blank. What are you putting in that blank? Jesus + church? Jesus + being republican? Jesus + not drinking?
The Jews were attempting to mix law and grace and the result was they were blocking the way to God.
2) Religion always complicates what God has made simple.
3) Religion always divides.
The Jews were trying to build a wall between them and the Gentiles.
I don’t want to be a part of an organization or a system that puts its laws and rules before the grace of Jesus Christ.
Religion is pseudo spirituality. Pseudo spirituality revels in the rules.
Vs 19 – this is the game changing verse: “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”
Don’t let your religion, your traditions, your regulations get in the way of what God is doing in someone’s life.
4) Religion always compounds.
Religion is addictive because it makes you feel safe and in control.
Religion never knows your heart. It’s only concerned about the outward appearance. Only God knows your heart.
Religion fits so well in our culture because culturally we’re all about impression management.
The foundation of our faith as a church has to be about the heart, about true transformation.
“Come to me all that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” This is what Jesus says.
Are you tired of trying to pretend?
Are you weary from the baggage you are carrying?
Are you tired of impression management?