Christians: More Than Casual
On Sunday, January 13th, LifeLight Evangelist and CEO, Josh Brewer spoke at Elk Point United Parish in Elk Point, SD.
His sermon entitled, “The Greatest Problem of the Church: ‘Casual Christians’” addressed Hebrews 11:32-12:2.
As we see it, ‘Casual Christians’ are a big problem in today’s church. We have gotten too comfortable in our daily settings. We see the same people and have the same conversations, over and over, and over again. We do not venture out; we do not talk to the poor, homeless, or needy in our own communities. We have gotten too comfortable staying in our own Christian bubble. This was not so with Jesus. He led by example. He made a habit not to be a casual christian. Brewer stated, “Jesus, He not only is our Savior, but being the founder and perfecter of our faith, He created the way in which we follow Him.”
Jesus spent His adult life exemplifying the way in which we are to follow God! We have seen no greater leader and example throughout history than He. He cared not about worldly position; His life was proof of this. He was sent to earth for one reason; to fulfill the will of His Father. He wasn’t put on this earth to seek worldly approval. Therefore, He was seen frequently eating with and speaking to tax collectors, prostitutes, the sick and the poor.
Our path, as Christians, has been laid out before us. We must run the race for God, in the way that He has commanded us. Although the endurance of this race, reverting from being a ‘casual christian,’ might be difficult, God has promised to be with us every step of the way. Be encouraged today, step out in faith, and actively follow Jesus!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)