Painting dull gray concrete steps helps people know Jesus better. Really? One pastor who served under communism thinks so. Find out more and be encouraged by this story from Entrust’s Roger Gulick – just click the link below.
Street protests. Vicious graffiti. Warring social media posts. Words flew and households were divided. Then, a wise leader pulled key decision-makers together to try to solve this thing.
No, not current politics. This was something threatening peace and stability 1,692 years ago. It all centered around Jesus — was he God or something less than God? Some said God originally lived alone, then created Jesus and Jesus in turn created everything else; in other words, Jesus was not divine. Others said Jesus was fully God, not subordinate to God. And some tried for a compromised middle ground view.
Arguments raged in the Roman Empire. Pamphleteers had a heyday. Finally Emperor Constantine brought together 200 or so bishops for what became known as the First Council of Nicene, which, according to some sources, began on this date in 325. After weeks of debate, the bishops agreed that Jesus is truly God. They issued what became known as The Nicene Creed.
Athanasius, one of the bishops, summarized it all beautifully.
“Jesus that I know as my redeemer cannot be less than God.”
What’s the best way to help my small group absorb scripture? How can we encourage more discussion in our adult Sunday School class? Why is it so silent whenever I ask, “Any more questions?” How did Jesus keep his audience’s attention so well? What can I learn from Jesus as a teacher?
Watch your inbox for a link to Entrust’s quarterly eMagazine, Engage, March 21. It’s all about questions.
Ever feel like you’re suffering for your faith? Left out, picked on, put down, disregarded, maybe? Those things can hurt. Yet, consider those in other nations who literally face imprisonment, even death, because they unswervingly follow Jesus Christ. Author Os Guiness asks, “If Jesus is worth a painful death, is He not worth an uncomfortable life? We’re all going to need to figure out how to seek our life and joy primarily in Jesus—through prayer, Bible reading, and church fellowship—so that the loss of anything else, whether it be job, friends, family, or possessions, will seem a small thing by comparison.”
Seek your life in Jesus! Nothing else matters in the end!
• wear the new shorts you got for Christmas.
• hit the gym after all the ginger snaps and egg nog.
• duke it out with your little brother.
• parade your medium-sized, short-haired dog in festive holiday wear.
• have your ears roughed up by grandma because you’ve been naughty.
• write a letter to the junior senator from California.
• take out your recycling.
Or not. Ask a Canadian. Or a Brit. Or an Australian. Then, whether you choose to “box” or not, hang on to the reason for the season. That’s Jesus. Who can’t be put into a box. But who is alive, and loves you, and is bigger and better than any gift you’ll ever find in any box.