Friday, August 21, 2009

Using the "J" word - Part 1

A couple of Sundays ago, one of our church staff, Brenda Davis, spoke in the NewSong services at Christ United Methodist Church. To be perfectly honest, I don't recall exactly what her published topic was but I won't soon forget what part of her message made me sit up and take note. Speaking on a stage beside what must have been a 5 foot tall version of a picture similar to the one you see here to the left by Mike Lewis, she talked about how Christians are more comfortable speaking of God than they are speaking of Jesus.

When we use the "J" word (Jesus), we more clearly define who we are and what we believe. The "G" word (God) is so much more generic. I can speak of God with many others who worship any number of other gods and not reveal my true faith. When I use the "J" word however, I step into the spotlight and identify myself with the One who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." That, my friend, changes everything. And that is how it should be.

More on this topic in Using the "J" word - Part 2 to be published next week.

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