“Christian” is a loaded word, bringing to mind the best or the worst images.
Where did that word come from? Who coined the term? What is it supposed to mean?
Over the course of several weeks, we will re-examine the “Christian” brand -
and discover what it must mean if we claim it.
Christianity is a loaded word. Where did it come from? What did it originally mean? The words used to describe Christians today often bear no resemblance to the one word Jesus wanted his followers to be known for. What would it look like if we got it right? What if we, as Christians, embodied this one word? What if our behavior was so consistent with this word that folks around us were drawn to us - and to God?
Anyone can call themselves a Christian.
A disciple is very different.
Jesus said it is not rules and religion—it is a relationship with God and others.
To the world, he said to love God.
To his own disciples, he said to love others.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
What if we took our brand seriously?
What does this look like?
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
I Corinthians 13
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
How well you love is the critical issue.
It’s our brand.