The early Christians in Rome did not have it easy. They were persecuted, blamed for crimes they didn't commit, even fed to lions. Yet Jesus painted an encouraging picture of their circumstances; he said they were "the salt of the earth," and "the light of the world." While they were simply trying to stay alive, Jesus was saying that they had been strategically placed by God. Could this be true of your life and your circumstances too? In this message, Andy Stanley explains the influence we may not even know we have.
April 1, 2012 • Andy Stanley
Working It Out
Part 8 • May 6, 2012 • Andy Stanley
The person you are has been shaped by those who have loved you and those who have hurt you. Maybe it was your mom or your dad or your coach or a teacher. Others' behavior toward us has a lasting impact. And Jesus understood this so well that his most urgent command to his disciples was about how they should treat each other. Yet it seems Jesus' concern with how we behave has been distorted over time into a debate about what we believe. In this message, Andy returns the focus to what Jesus called his "greatest command" - by this everyone will know that we are his disciples.
Part 7 • April 29, 2012 • Andy Stanley
Looking for loopholes comes naturally. Whether it's eating all of our vegetables or being home by curfew, no one has to teach us that there is a difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. In a Jewish culture where rules trumped reason, Jesus had a new perspective on rules and loopholes. In this message, Andy Stanley gives us a question to ask ourselves when we'd rather look for the loopholes than live as God intends.
Part 6 • April 22, 2012 • Andy Stanley
Jesus embodied the tension between grace and truth. Churches and Christians should too, but they tend to swing toward one or the other. It's easy to be a church of truth or a church of grace - to be conservative or liberal. But when churches take either of those routes, we can sense that something is wrong, something's missing.