Sermons are like: Tell me and I forget. Tell me and I forget. Tell me and I forget . . . Church over-emphasizes sermon-hearing but seems to ignore “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Sermons can help you imagine what Christ is like, but a relationship with Him lets you continually experience His reality. I can do so much more than “only imagine.” I can experience Christ’s presence and life-changing power through out the day!
All being “fed” the Bible and no learning to freely flow with the Holy Spirit can make Christianity a mere mental experience. Don’t “go back” to Christ in the past and make Him an intellectual topic or just hope to wait and see Him in Heaven. Experience Jesus now!
Christ-followers, like fire hydrants, don’t need lectures. They need to be opened up and allowed to freely flow with living water. An open, freely flowing fire hydrant is very seldom seen. They are usually shut down. Perhaps it’s the same for Christians.
Jesus told His disciples, “I am with you always,” not, “You will hear sermons about Me always.” Being “fed” by a sermon is like being “fed” by a lecture about food. We have to go beyond hearing to partaking & experiencing.
Too many Christians, like a car with no engine, have to be towed in their faith by a pastor or priest. However, Jesus is so much more exciting than any sermon about Him can ever be!
Humans aren’t built for guilt. It makes the heart wilt. The way out of your guilt is Christ’s forgiveness. Excusing your wrong behaviors won’t relieve your guilt, but receiving Jesus’ forgiveness & living in His power will.
Human effort toward self-improvement is like using hand tools. Christ in you is like using power tools.
Get a head start. Let Jesus set up Heaven in your heart while you live. Jesus is my innergizer!