Tuesday, February 11, 2014

the only thing that matters

Tonight we watched an Andy Stanley DVD series portion from his Big Church DVD series. It's not about the church being big but more being a big deal. I've been thinking of the afterlife a lot (my great-grandma passed away last weekend), so it meant a lot to me to hear this sentiment.

In the church, we talk a lot about stuff. Where we sit. What we sing. How we dress. We also talk a lot about theological stuff. End of times. Gospel discrepancies. Baptism - sprinkle or dip. Communion - single serve or community cup. On and on. We talk a lot. None of it's bad to talk about. But when it overshadows the most important thing, it's bad.

Here is that most important thing:

Jesus Christ died for our sins (yours and mine).
He was buried.
He was raised.
He appeared. 

I pray that with my grandma's passing, everyone at the funeral will hear the gospel message and so decide to have that relationship with Christ, our Savior. So when they pass, they will be home with their Savior in heaven.

Not because they were a good person (we aren't; we're sinners). Not because they lived a long time (or a short one). Not because they went to church/taught Sunday school/fed the hungry/didn't wear white after Labor Day. No. That stuff is good (especially that white jk) and dandy. But...


Christ died for our sins.
He was buried.
He was raised.
He appeared.

If you want to know where your afterlife will be spent (because you won't stay here forever), then you need to answer this question: who do you follow?

Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." 
The way.

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