Most of us don't become Christians with the intent of following Jesus. We become Christians because we are told obedience pays and disobedience doesn't. We become Christians hoping that spirituality will fill the holes in our souls. We become Christians hoping God will fix us. Eventually, our agendas clash with Jesus' agenda, and we have to decide whether we'll abandon him or follow.
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.