Church-centered Christianity is a first step. It’s a good starting point but it’s not something to passively settle into and be comfortable with for the rest of your life. It’s vital to move forward into Christ-centered Christianity. Church membership without discipleship and Spirit-led obedience to the risen Lord Jesus is deceptive.
Church-centered Christianity says it’s a “hospital for sinners” but far too often it’s a nursing home for sinners. Instead of healing broken people and sending them out restored it makes them passive life-long dependents on Sunday services.
Church-centered Christianity seldom follows people out of the church door. It divides believers into separate independent groups and keeps them apart.
The Bible says that Christians are “competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14.) However, church-centered Christianity hires a professional pastor to do it.
Church-centered Christianity is tied to a special time and place. Christ-centered Christianity is 24/7/365. Church-centered Christianity is incomplete because it leaves out discipleship and moment-by-moment intimacy with and obedience to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
The world has seen church-centered Christianity and isn’t impressed. Now let’s show them Christ-centered Christianity. Christ-centered Christianity is the ongoing, passionate pursuit of a closer relationship with the living Jesus. It recognizes Jesus as the living Lord of every moment in everyday life.
Christ-centered Christianity occurs when a human heart is captivated by and surrendered to the risen Jesus. It excites and empowers people to live a Christ-centered lifestyle and unites believers around the risen Jesus.
Christ-centered Christians promote the name of Jesus not the names of ministers or churches. They stay thrilled about Jesus.
Christ-centered Christianity declares and demonstrates dependency on the risen Jesus that delivers delight. Keeping Jesus at a distance is an attitude of defiance. The best way to grow in the faith isn’t thru religious routines and rituals but thru daily dependency on the risen Jesus.
Be a Christ-centered Christian! Whenever anything contrary to Christ comes to mind cast it out. Christ-centered Christians are distracted from self-focus. When Christianity isn’t Christ-centered it’s counterfeit.