The N Commandments
The N Commandments • June 24, 2018 • Andy Stanley
Wouldn’t it be great to have a faith with no doubts? But most believers wrestle with doubt at some level. We face circumstances that don’t add up. We see suffering and injustice in the world. Doubt grabs our minds and emotions. We wonder if we’re just making excuses for a God who isn’t really there . . . or isn’t there in the way we assumed. Jesus commanded: “Doubt not.” But when he said that, he didn’t mean for us to quit feeling doubtful. His command was more practical and life-changing.
The N Commandments • June 17, 2018 • Andy Stanley
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, his followers couldn’t re-embrace a temple religion. They were left with Jesus’ odd assortment of commandments—impossible to imagine before the resurrection but made possible by the resurrection. These commandments would fuel a movement that changed the world. Perhaps the most popular commandment among those who don’t follow Jesus is “judge not.” It’s the one Christians are most often accused of violating. It’s also one of the most misunderstood of Jesus’ commands.
The N Commandments • June 10, 2018 • Andy Stanley
The early Christian church was a “resurrection religion”—it was motivated less by a set of rules than by the event of Jesus’ death and resurrection. During his earthly ministry Jesus initiated a New Covenant based on love instead of rules. But that doesn’t mean he threw out the rules. In fact, he passed along an odd assortment of new commandments that sounded unreasonable . . . until he initiated and punctuated this New Covenant by dying on a cross and then rising from dead.
The N Commandments • June 3, 2018 • Andy Stanley
When Jesus rose from the dead, it changed everything. The early church had a Resurrection religion. They couldn’t go back and embrace a Temple Model that focused on sacred men in sacred places with special interpretations of sacred texts. Instead, they had one new commandment: love one another as Jesus had loved them. Jesus gave his followers another commandment related to the commandment to love one another: sin no more. But how are we supposed to do that when we’re so imperfect?
The N Commandments • May 27, 2018 • Andy Stanley
During his earthly ministry, Jesus announced a new covenant, unhitched from the Old Testament. He initiated that new covenant when he died and rose from the dead. Suddenly, commandments that had sounded extreme when he gave them to his followers weren’t extreme at all. Thou shalt not fear. We all want to keep that commandment, but too often it feels impossible. There are legitimate reasons to fear some of the obstacles and setbacks in our lives. But if it were possible not to fear . . . that would change everything
The N Commandments • May 20, 2018 • Andy Stanley
People stumble in their faith and drift away from God because they get hung up on the historical accuracy of what’s in Genesis, Exodus, or other parts of the Bible. People struggle with Scripture because the church has done a terrible job of communicating the foundation of the Christian faith. It’s not the Bible. But if it’s not the Bible, what is it?