Pastor's Sunday Sermon
January 28, 2024
Rich Relationship - Religion vs. Relationship
A relationship like this should start now, even though we may not see the true fruits of it until we leave this world.
But what is the difference between a relationship and religion?
Religion by definition is a cause principle or system of belief through faith.
A relationship is a way in which two or more people or groups are connected.
People who believe you enter heaven based on works alone, without a relationship with God, are called out by Jesus.
Most religion is man centered. Works are the only thing they can do to get closer to their higher power. They man as the aggressor and the gods as the beneficiary. But in Christianity it is the complete opposite. There is nothing man has that God needs, He only gives to us things that we don't deserve.
Our relationship with God is a heart condition that results in exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit. This is the foundation of Christianity. The first step to developing this relationship is to be saved. Then read the Bible, and be in prayer. Be around like minded individuals (find a church!). But at the very least is to asked God into your heart!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
For what the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering,[a]
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