When Christians lack fulfillment in their personal relationships with God, it affects communities as a whole–the church, family, and the world at large. What does one do to switch their mindset and heart from rule-following churchgoer to true disciple of Jesus?
Many of us grow up choosing to obey the rules that make us “good” Christians. We choose not to cuss, smoke, drink, not to hang out with certain people, and not to have pre-marital sex. We work so hard to make it clear that we worship Jesus by trying to be perfect, that we miss out on showing many His grace through our imperfections. We are so busy staying away from sin, that we don’t realize we are sinning and keeping ourselves from God.
Tim Keller says that one way of avoiding God is avoiding sin, and it’s a scarily accurate statement. Most of us are born into the faith of our parents, and come to know God through them. As we grow, we become involved with a church family and our faith grows. But for many, faith becomes stagnant. Rather than doing the heart work of following Jesus, many just do the hard work of following the rules of religion.
With different religions having different doctrines, it’s easy to let the faith and relationship with Christ aspect fall to the side in favor of following the rules that make one look like they’re succeeding at being a Christian. When this happens, not only do Christians lack fulfillment in their personal relationships with God, but it affects communities as a whole–be it church, family, or the world at large. What does one do to switch their mindset and heart from rule-following churchgoer to a true disciple of Jesus?
To understand the differences between performative Christianity and true connection and relationship with the divine, Whit George, lead pastor of Church On The Move, and Adam Bush, Storyteller at Church On The Move, sat down for an honest and in-depth conversation regarding their own personal stories and struggles within discipleship.
Listen and learn with them as they discuss where they’ve been, what their walk with God looks like now, and how they see the beauty and pain of finding true discipleship in the world around them.
Like a pilgrimage in a foreign land, God wants to walk with us as we figure it all out. He wants to meld the hard work and the heart-work and make a path that becomes familiar. When we really realize that, we are able to begin the process of discipleship.
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