June 19th News

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

First of all… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!

I hope that everyone takes a moment (or a whole day) to reflect on the incredible impact dad’s have in our lives.

This Sunday we will continue a mini-series we started last week that came from our series on the Book of Acts. Last week we heard Peter proclaim some very important and somewhat controversial words when he said this about Jesus:

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

What do you think about that? Does this seem narrow-minded and perhaps even intolerant? If you believe these words that means a lot of other prominent names become secondary at best. Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius…

These words make a lot of people outside the Christian Church upset– and even mad. And if we’re honest, it even offends some inside the church.

In today’s American culture, these words divide, threaten, and offend. And, really, I can see why. They are offensive. First, we don’t like the idea that we need saving. In fact, many would scoff at the notion. But the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and Peter says “we must be saved”. Second, we don’t like the fact that there is only one way to be saved– by Jesus Christ.

Peter’s words are offensive because they contradict so many of our previously held beliefs. They seem arrogant, don’t they?

Unless…

Unless they are true.

If Peter’s proclaimation is true it may be one of the most important sentences ever uttered by a human being. So perhaps we need to pay attention and ponder what he says.

Many people (both inside and outside the church) are put off by the exclusive claims of Christianity. And so, often times, we soften the message of the gospel so as not to offend. But the fact of the matter is this: Christianity is unique and in its uniquenss is hope and peace and joy– and salvation.

Let’s talk about what makes Christianty unique when compared to other world religions. To prepare read Acts 4:5-22 again. You may also want to check out 1 John 4:1-10.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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