The Heart of the Christian Faith

A friend of mine shared an article with me yesterday that got me thinking. The article is The missing message in today’s churches, an On Faith article in the Washington Post by Pastor Tullian Tchividjian.

While I’d certainly imagine that Pastor Tchividjian holds to some beliefs that I don’t agree with[1], his thoughts in this article are a refreshing change from what we usually associate with “modern” Christianity.

The hub of Christianity is not “do something for Jesus.” The hub of Christianity is “Jesus has done everything for you.” … The heart of the Christian faith is Good News not good behavior. When Sunday mornings become one more venue for performance evaluation, can you blame a person for wanting to stay at home?

May we all continue to grow in the heart of the Christian faith: Jesus’ love for us, his suffering and death for us, his resurrection for us. Our works will follow, but they are not at the heart. Jesus is.

    1:Pastor Tchividjian’s church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. This church body takes God’s Word seriously, thankfully, but they adhere to Calvin’s TULIP theology. I won’t go into that all here. Anyone have a good link that explains it quickly and easily?  ↩

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