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  • JohnnyB
    1:29am - Sat Dec 24th, 2011
    Central Message of Jesus
    Chris, it sounds good . . . but it missed the mark. .

    When you say the central message of Jesus is to take care of each other, forgive each other and treat each other with respect, it sounds more like a watered down Character Counts program from school. To borrow a colleague's famous phrase . . now the rest of the story . . .

    Jesus’ primary message was the gospel - to seek and save the lost. Follow Him, turn away from sin and to God, allow Jesus to pay your sin debt through his sacrifice and you will have eternal life.

    The primary function of Jesus’ ministry was one of reconciliation – to redeem an imperfect, fallen, lost world to a perfect, divine, and holy God.

    At Christmas we remember Jesus put skin on; starting as a little baby in a manger, He wrapped Himself in a physical body to serve as the bridge between mankind and God. The entire purpose of the church is to continue carrying out Christ’s ministry of reconciliation to a lost world.

    And THAT is a core value at Christmas! Even Linus knew that, Charlie Brown!

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  • JohnnyB
    1:55am - Sat Dec 24th, 2011
    Central message of Jesus?
    It sounds good Chris, but you've missed the mark . .

    When you say the central message of Jesus is to take care of each other, forgive each other, and treat each other with respect, it sounds more like a watered-down Character Counts message at school. To borrow a phrase from a famous colleague, "and now, the rest of the story . . "

    The primary reason Jesus came to earth was to seek and save the lost - the gospel. Follow Him, turn away from sin and to God, allow Jesus to pay your sin debt and you will have eternal life.

    To do this, Jesus put skin on and came to Earth. Starting as a baby in a manger, He wrapped Himself in a physical body and lived a life to carry out a ministry of reconciliation – to serve as the bridge between mankind and God. We celebrate this at Christmas.

    The entire purpose of the church--our purpose--is to continue carrying out Christ’s ministry of reconciliation through loving and serving others to help connect them to the God of the universe. Not just caring for each other, being forgiving and respectful.

    Remembering the REAL central message of Jesus at Christmas is THE core value . . . That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown. . .
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