10 August 2016
How Can You Know Me – Not By My Denomination
Greetings Dear Reader,
In the early first century there was only one type of Christian. They were people who had seen Jesus and chosen to follow him. We can see the seeds of division that are forming when Paul warns the churches not to argue about who saw Jesus and who learned the Gospel through other means.
If we look at it honestly every departure from the original body of Christ is the result of a division. We are supposed to be known for our unity. It does not matter which denomination you claim it springs from some form of strife, argument, or persecution. When I first chose to follow Christ I was taught almost immediately to judge and condemn certain denominations. It was years before I encountered a church that did not participate in this infighting.
There is supposed to be no division in Christ. We are not Baptist, Episcopal, or Methodist. We are followers of Christ who need to be one in him. When we claim our sect over this we create disharmony. We create confusion as to how to follow Christ. We create noise that distracts from the Gospel.
You will rarely hear me talk about my church or denomination. They are both good but do not focus on who they are as a denomination. The Gospel is the idea that we are a community of people who know Jesus and seek to reach a community that does not. It is not my place to put forward anything but Christ.
If you know me and wish to join me at church you would be welcome. If you are investigating who Jesus is it is a safe place to do it. If a church tells you that they are better than other churches do not believe it. Look at what they do and then decide.
It is in Christ that I live, and move, and have my being. Everything else either enhances or detracts from that. Everything else is either subtext or noise. Hold us to a standard that filters out the noise Dear Reader.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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