Like John the Baptist, Asbury University is pointing people to the risen Jesus and allowing Him to be the living Leader and people are coming from around the world to experience Him! They’re letting Jesus work outside the traditional church format and look what’s happening!
In his time John the Baptist broke free from religious formalism and prepared the way for Jesus. Today multitudes at Asbury are breaking free from human controlled religion and here comes Jesus!
John the Baptist said, “Prepare the way of the Lord,” not “Don’t bother Jesus, just let a preacher or elder board run things.” John said, “He (Jesus) must increase, I must decrease,” not, “Jesus will give me whatever I want.” Asbury is showing us how to prepare the way of the Lord and how Jesus will increase if Christian leaders will decrease.
John the Baptist said, “He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire,” not “Attend a weekly scripted meeting about Jesus.” Asbury University is showing us how to open our heart and our churches to the risen Jesus and His holy fire!
John the Baptist said: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand,” not, “Go to church and live however you want.” He said: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” not “Give to and support my ministry.” Asbury is showing us how to behold Jesus and how to repent and let Him take control.
John the Baptist was a humble forerunner introducing people to Jesus, not a grandstander on a formalized religious stage. It’s time for churches to be like John the Baptist and to point people to Jesus, not to buildings, programs, or preachers!
Christians are getting excited about Jesus! Pastors and church leaders, please don’t dampen their enthusiasm! Jesus wants to personally connect with people and people today are wanting to experience and obey Him. I encourage churches not to hold this back.
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Jesus Christ, The Living Word, Needs to be Regularly Seen and heard Deep within you. Until this has occurred He'll merely be A religious theory To you. Look beyond church as usual! "Behold the Lamb of God!" --John the Baptist "Behold the man!" --Pontius Pilate "Looking unto Jesus." --Paul of Tarsus