"Consumer Christianity" says that "God, the world, the church, and everything else orbits around me. They exist for my desires and my problems". The Way of Jesus, however, defies Consumer Christianity. Jesus had compassion on crowds, but he also strategically resisted them so that he could invest in his core of committed followers. Jesus invites all people to "come and see", but at some point we must decide whether we will truly follow him in sacrifice.
Jesus was never in a hurry.
When you look at his life and ministry in the gospels, you see that he took the time to be where he was, never rushing himself or his disciples along to the next thing.
In this series, Next Steps, we're looking at five different ways you can "take a step" in your faith. This week, the invitation is to slow down and live your life at the pace Jesus did.
1 John 2:6 says, "Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus walked". If we are going to walk as Jesus walked, we have to match his pace. We're not running, we're not hurrying. We must learn to step BACK and evaluate what matters most, then step forward unhurried and ready to prioritize seeing and loving others like Jesus did.
This week, take the step of daily praying, "God, help me to slow down and walk with you so I can be intentional with what matters most."
So you came to church... now what?
The first step to making a change is deciding not to stay where you are. Going to church doesn't make you a disciple of Jesus, but it's a great first step. 1 John 2:6 says, "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus walked."
Wherever you find yourself in your spiritual journey, you have a next step. In this new series, we're exploring five steps you can take right now towards being a mature disciple of Jesus.
If you're new to Northeast, your next step is Northeast Basics.
Getting connected in a new church can feel overwhelming, especially in a place the size of Northeast. We’re making it painless for you to take your next step at Northeast with our four week course, Northeast Basics.
Northeast Basics will answer the foundational questions: Who is Northeast? What do we do? How do we do it? How can I help? Northeast Basics is offered every weekend so you can easily hop in when you’re ready to get connected.
Visit necchurch.org/basics to register today.
Guilt is a feeling that says "I did wrong". Shame, however, says "I AM wrong". The experiences of healthy or unhealthy shame are only healed by God's amazing grace through Jesus Christ. Are you carrying the heavy burden of shame? Jesus invites you to lay it down today.
We all experience guilt in varying degrees, sometimes as the very first emotion of the day when that snooze button is hit one too many times. What should we do with our guilt? Is there such a thing as "good guilt"? What's the difference between guilt that leads to anguish and conviction that leads to repentance? This week, we're learning the difference.
For centuries, followers of Jesus have been marked by their counter-cultural confession and repentance. Colossians 1 reminds us that through Jesus, we can be reconciled to God. Each day, we're given the opportunity to act as reconcilers in the world, offering forgiveness to others just as Jesus has forgiven us.
In this season of Lent, we look back at our past sin so that we can remember our need for a Savior. We search our hearts for all of the ways we’re currently living out of step with the Holy Spirit. We confess and repent, preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection.