If you had a one-on-one with Jesus and he asked you: Do you truly love me? Do you really love me? Are you even my friend? How would you respond?
Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.
(Easter Sunrise Sermon) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and this grace toward me has not been in vain.
(Easter Sunday Sermon) They had been with him from the beginning, witnessing countless miracles and listening to the amazing teachings and preachings of this most unconventional rabbi. It all came to such a quick end. The crucifixion was so anticlimactic.
You want to be on the right side of history on this issue, or how do you think history will judge you on this fifty years from now? Two phrases you may have heard from time to time when somebody is about to make a very important decision.
We must trust God to make us the church we need to be to serve his people here in our midst and then allow us to expand our reach as we grow into our new self and seek to expand our reach.