Out of the mouth of babes
I believe that as Christians we have steered away from the basics of accepting Jesus Christ and our command to spread the gospel. Honestly, we have complicated things and as a result so many have became overwhelmed and are pulling away from not only the church, but from Christianity and "finding themselves."
At the root of the Christian faith are fundamental or foundational truths upon which it is founded. Though the Bible is divided into Old and New Testaments, neither is disjointed from the other. The stories (and truth) from the New Testament began from the Old, and continues into our age. Though the Bible closes in Jesus' Revelation to John, God’s redemption story through Jesus Christ continues with us today, and so it will be until the culmination of the age.
The basics of Christianity is God at the center (Genesis 1), the introduction and issue of sin (Genesis 3), and Redemption through Christ (Romans 5). How did we get into doctrinal and religious differences? How did it get to the point of how one was baptized determines their salvation, how one may dress determines their eternal faith? Let's get back to the basics. Getting back to the basics may require that we humble ourselves as children and start from the beginning with our learning of what it really means to accept Jesus Christ, of what it really means to minister to others, of what it really means to live a Christian life of faith. With all of the man made rules and restraints, the Christian life has become one of bondage and overwhelm which is in direct contradiction of the liberty by which we have been made free through Jesus Christ.
This is it summed up: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought us forgiveness of sins, made us right with God, give us triumph over sin, made us righteous, and bring us into a right relationship with God with a new life.
In the Christian faith, faith in Christ is the access key to the unlimited riches of God’s grace. No one is saved by their efforts. No one’s righteous deeds suffice to gain him/her a place before God. Everyone who believes in Jesus receives the gracious riches of God. Whatever righteous deeds that come afterwards, are results of the outworking power of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. This is the new life that Jesus Christ gave.
There's so much freedom in the simplicity of the gospel!
Blessings and Breakthroughs,
Pamela D. Smith