Last week we wrapped up our Summer Message series at Bridge Church called Fluent. The series was designed to challenge us as believers to think about our understanding and communication of the gospel. We tackled common cliches that Christians use to define their faith, but are not always clearly understood by us or those around us. Some of these statements/cliches are:
- “I Got Saved!”
- “Jesus Changed My Life.”
- “I asked Jesus to come into my heart.”
- “I am Free In Christ”
- “I’m On My Way to Heaven.”
- “I’m growing in my faith.”
- “I’m living for Jesus.”
Here’s a few highlights from the series. Download these and other Bridge Sermons HERE.
- God has tied salvation to the spoken and heard message about Jesus Christ.
- We live in a BROKEN WORLD. Beautiful but broken. We can’t FIX the BROKENNESS ourselves. Jesus REDEEMS, RECONCILES, and REGENERATES. Jesus Changes our lives and mends the brokenness caused by sin.
- What do you do with a gift? You ACCEPT it. And salvation is offered by God and accepted in repentance by people on this earth.
- Salvation is not just a thought I had one time at camp, but it’s a change of life and a radical reorientation of our hearts and minds to a new center of gravity – the Lord Jesus Christ.
- If Jesus is in your heart, He’s displaying His glory in and through your life. Don’t rest your salvation on any cliche. Follow Jesus. Get close to His word. Do what it says. Display his gift!
- freedom in Christ is not a justification for questionable behavior. And there are guardrails on our freedom in Christ that are put there by the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of each individual believer.
- Nobody in the bible ever said, “Don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?” The desired outcome of life is ETERNAL LIFE. And that doesn’t start at death, it starts when you begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. Life and Eternity is about RELATIONSHIP.
- We are not marked by our perfection, but how we respond in our imperfections.
- Missional living is living with a hammer in our hands and the truth of God in our hearts.
- We don’t live missionally for the light to shine on us. Everything we do should draw attention to Christ.
- Works CONFIRM our salvation, not secure it. Works DISPLAY our new life IN CHRIST. Works are a RESPONSE, not an obligation.
- Legalism is following the rules instead of following God.
- If we’re not obligated, the why do we serve? Because it’s what we’re created for (Ephesians 2:10).
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