March 12, 2017 – Acts: Conform to Jesus Not a List of Rules

Preached by Rod Benner (00:47)

Jesus intended his Church to live by the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  He gave a simple gospel message and didn’t leave us with a long list of rules to modify our behavior.  He left us the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and hearts.

Over the centuries of Church history, Christians have made all kinds of rules to modify other people’s behavior.  Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey, we seem to prefer to make rules to follow to make Christian living less mysterious.  Yet, a rule very often becomes an obstacle to a relationship with Jesus.

This is not a problem of modern American Christianity.  This same problem sprang up within the first few years after Jesus rose from the dead; good intentions gone wrong.  Continuing a study in Acts, Rod explains how the first disciples of Jesus handled these same issues and how we can do the same today.

Scripture Reference: Acts 15:1-21


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