Worship is in the building, Christianity is outside the building. Or is it absurd to try and draw a distinction?
“wayocross definition” of WORSHIP: ascribing in a demonstrative way: value, honor, adoration, fear, to a person or being who holds ascendency over the population that worship them.
“waycross definition” of Christianity: 1) putting into practice the patterns of Jesus such as grace, forgiveness, healing, teaching, loving lost sheep (people) and 2) living sacrificially as if carrying a cross like Jesus.
What is the connection?
When we know who it is that we worship, how could we not do what Jesus modeled and asked us to do?
(Matthew 28:16-17 WEB) 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted.
Even after His disciples had worshiped Him, some still doubted. What did they doubt? Their own beliefs or willingness to follow? They still didn’t know their purpose? What will their friends and family going to say? What answer would they give? Did they know in their own mind what that answer would be? Perhaps the answer would be is that they haven’t done enough!
(Mattthew 28:18-20 WED) 18And Jesus came, and spoke to them, saying, all power is given to me in heaven and upon earth. 19Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 20Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
Why did they hesitate?
Or more relevant – why do we hesitate?
(Luke 9:23-26 WEB) 23And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whoever will save his life, shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26For whoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and [in that of his] Father, and of the holy angels.
There’s a lot on the line? And who knows anyone that has done this? Are you asking me to be the first example you’ll ask?
Real or Not?
In reality, suffering for Christ today is every bit as hazardous as it was in Roman times.
Saint John Paul II, in preparing for the Great Jubilee year of 2000, created a Commission for the New Martyrs of the Great Jubilee. This particular commission researched and cataloged all those who died for the faith in the 20th century. They discovered that the “20th century has produced double the number of Christian martyrs [than] all the previous 19 centuries put together.”
While is is a very real danger it is unlikely to be fatal in America; but at the same time, more likely to receive ridicule and lose of jobs, friends, and co-workers.
Also in America we have a majority population who feels comfortable in educating Christians on ignorance of true believers. If we are serious we won’t give up easily. If we had small groups for evangelism, the members could be a resource for answers to our detractors.
A new series is needed to address person to person on the street evangelism in our modern/descendant society today. Now I’ve charged myself with some work. Comment freely – I think wee have a lot off work to do.
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