Religion says, Change and you can join us. Jesus says, Join us and you will change. There's a huge difference. Jesus doesn't expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. Being a sinner doesn't disqualify you from following him. Being an unbeliever doesn't disqualify you from following him. In fact, following almost always begins with a sinner taking one small step.
While the Greek word “ekklesia” is mistranslated as “church” in many Bibles, the word means “group” or “gathering.” Christianity has always been a movement, with local groups of people living out the same approach and posture of Jesus.
Monitoring the physical condition of your heart is important. We count our steps, engage in tests, and take medications… But what about the spiritual condition of your heart? The wisest man in history said, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In this series, we’ll discuss monitoring the condition of your heart to ensure what flows from it is as healthy as possible.