Jesus invites everyone to follow him. Being a sinner is a prerequisite. Having doubts is a prerequisite. That's because we're all sinners and we all have doubts. Following Jesus results in overwhelming faith, but at times it can also be inconvenient, costly, and even embarrassing. It can cause us to miss opportunities, lose business, or stand out in the crowd when we'd rather fit in. Even Jesus' earliest followers wrestled with this tension. But one of his disciples asked a question that put everything in perspective: 'To whom shall I go?'
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.